The Czech Republic


The relatively small (only 78 684 km2), land-locked country is situated on the historical, cultural and geographical crossroad in the center of Europe. The signs of rich history seen at every step, are combined with unique natural diversity. The whole territory has been shaped by human activities for thousands of years leading to today's pleasing mosaic of fields, forests, water bodies and meadows supplemented with pattern of relatively scarce untouched natural locations.

Lower Morava Biosphere Reserve
Located in the warmest southeast corner of the country the Lower Morava is a region of wine and flood plain forests. The area, encompassing a unique combination of limestone cliffs of the Palava Hills, the rare Central European lowland floodplains along the lower reaches of the Kyjovka, Dyje and Morava rivers and the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape listed as the World Heritage Site (1996), has been continuously inhabited and formed for thousands of years as proved by frequent archaeological excavations. The region's natural beauty is complemented with characteristic living folklore traditions of the local people. The area's values and dedication to sustainable development were acknowledged by the acceptation to the UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 2003. More info at: http://www.dolnimorava.org/index.php?item=1

Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site
Only the most outstanding and unique monuments can be listed as the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In 1996 the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape was inscribed on the World Heritage List to the category of cultural landscapes. The boundaries of the WHS demarcate the most important part of a large area which was managed and shaped for several centuries by the powerful Liechenstein family. In the 19 century the artificially composed landscape between the towns of Lednice and Valtice became the pride of a model estate built on the principles of the progressive views of the time, and it came to be known as "The Garden of Europe". The Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape covers an area of several hundred square kilometers . The lowest-lying part of the WHS is the Dyje river floodplain with its extensive floodplain forests, alluvial meadows and wetlands. In the higher parts you can trace rolling low hills with pine monoculture and forests with predominant oak trees. The most significant feature of the area is farming, which has given rise to vast fields, traditional vineyards and wine-making, orchards, fishponds with fish farming. The landscape serves as an excellent example of human activity and at the same time shows exemplary respect to values which originated in the area. As of 2003 the whole area of the WHS was designated part of the Lower Morava Biosphere Reserve (BR). The BR became the Site-manager of the WHS in 2008. More info at : http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/763/ or http://en.czech-unesco.org/lednice-valtice-cultural-landscape/introduction/