Prof. Dr. Hannes Knapp is a geobotanist and landscape ecologist. Protecting Europe’s last old-growth beech forests is among his heartfelt wishes. Hannes Knapp has been instrumental in making valuable beech forests in Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia UNESCO World Heritage sites. Among other awards, he received the Great Binding Prize in 2013 for his tireless efforts.
Hannes Knapp, was head of the International Academy for Nature Conservation of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation on the island of Vilm from its foundation in 1990 until 2015. One of his declared aims is to establish a network for the protection of primeval and old beech forests in as many countries as possible.