Debrecen's Great Forest (Nagyerdő) has been named Hungary's most beautiful forest in an online vote organized by the Ministry of Agriculture. This recognition highlights the importance of the forest in terms of tourism, wildlife, and climate change.
The winning forest and runners-up
Following an online vote with over 61,000 participants, Debrecen's Great Forest emerged as the winner, showcasing its stunning natural beauty and appeal. The second place was awarded to the Zsófia Viewpoint in Lillafüred, managed by Északerdő Zrt., while the Cuha Valley, managed by Bakonyerdő Zrt., secured the third position.
The significance of forests
Forests contribute significantly to climate change mitigation, and their preservation and responsible management are crucial. Currently, Hungary has 2.3 million hectares of forest, which covers a quarter of the country's land area. The government aims to increase this to 27 percent by 2030 to ensure sustainability and combat the effects of climate change.
Debrecen's commitment to the Great Forest
Mayor László Papp expressed his pride in the Great Forest's recognition and emphasized the city's dedication to its preservation. With 34 percent of the city covered by forest, Debrecen ensures responsible management and has plans in place for further developments, such as the Civaqua program to replenish the forest's water supply and the installation of water reservoirs near industrial parks.
The importance of forests during the pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Forest and other forests have seen a surge in visitor numbers. People have acknowledged the positive impact of forests on their well-being, as these natural spaces provide an escape and a connection with wildlife. The Great Forest remains a popular destination for visitors throughout the year, offering a refreshing experience in every season.
As the most beautiful forest in Hungary, the Great Forest of Debrecen showcases the nation's natural treasures and highlights the vital role that forests play in contributing to tourism, sustainability, and overall well-being.
Questions & Answers
What is the Great Forest in Debrecen? The Great Forest (Nagyerdő) in Debrecen is a forest that has been recognized as Hungary's most beautiful forest in an online vote launched by the Ministry of Agriculture. It is also a nature reserve.
Who won the title of Hungary's most beautiful forest in the online vote? The Great Forest in Debrecen won the title of Hungary's most beautiful forest in the online vote.
What other forests were recognized in the online vote? The Zsófia Viewpoint in Lillafüred, managed by Északerdő Zrt., came in second, and the Cuha Valley, managed by Bakonyerdő Zrt., came in third.
How many votes were cast in the online vote? More than 61,000 votes were cast in the online vote.
How many trips to the forests are estimated each year? During the COVID epidemic, an estimated 40-50 million trips to the forests are made each year.
What is the goal for forest coverage in Hungary by 2030? The goal is to reach 27 percent forest coverage in Hungary by 2030. Currently, 2.3 million hectares, a quarter of the country's land area, is covered by forest.
Why are forests important in relation to climate change? Forests play an important role in climate change. They help in mitigating the effects of climate change and are vital for responsible forest management.
When did the Great Forest in Debrecen become a nature reserve? The Great Forest in Debrecen became a nature reserve in 1939.
What percentage of Debrecen is covered by forest? 34 percent of the city of Debrecen is covered by forest.
What developments are planned for the Great Forest in Debrecen? The Great Forest in Debrecen will be replenished with water through the Civaqua program's developments. The city will also participate in the installation of water reservoirs, especially near industrial parks.