17. October 2014

Mystery Adriatic Flyway

Only a few years ago, even among experts the Western Balkans was a blank area on the map of bird migrations. But today we know that millions of birds use this route twice a year to migrate between their breeding and their wintering grounds. The film “Adriatic Flyway” is vividly and impressively depicting, what threats the migratory birds are facing on their journey, why it is so important to preserve the valuable wetlands along the Eastern Adriatic as resting grounds for cranes, ferruginous ducks and others, and why there’s every reason for hope.

See the film on vimeo

8. October 2014

Exceptional dedication for European symbol of peace

National Park Šumava is an important part of the European Green Belt (background: Mount Lusen in the adjacent Bavarian Forest National Park).

Today the Czech environmental and nature protection organisation Hnutí Duha (Friends of the Earth Czech Republic) received the EuroNatur Award 2014. Hnutí Duha has been for two decades working for the protection of National Park Šumava in an exemplary manner. Šumava is an important part of the European Green Belt. [more]

7. October 2014

Crime Scene Adriatic Coast

The crane is only one bird species that suffers from bird hunting on the balkans.

The protection of the migrating birds was the central focus of the Second Adriatic Flyway Conference which took place from 1st to 3rd October in Albania. More than 70 experts from 20 countries congregated for the conference in Durres. [more]

1. October 2014

A milestone for strengthening transnational cooperation

The Bulgarian-Turkish border: for many years this was a no-go area.

More than 100 participants from 23 countries adjacent to the former Iron Curtain – the European Green Belt – as well as from Canada and the U.S. met in Slavonice (Czech Republic) for the 8th Pan-European Green Belt Conference. A milestone of the Slavonice Conference has been the establishment of the European Green Belt Association by 23 organisations from 14 countries.[more]

25. September 2014

From Iron Curtain to Lifeline for Nature

Streift im Nationalpark Böhmerwald noch umher: der Luchs.

The transformation of the Iron Curtain into a lifeline for Nature is the great vision that inspires the “European Green Belt” nature initiative. The contributions of Hnutí Duha, the Czech environmental and nature conservation initiative, are crucial to the realisation of this idea. This october the organisation will be given the EuroNatur Award.[more]

22. September 2014

Sava floods: Floodplains save life and property

Sava's natural floodplains at Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.

While the worst part of the recent floods in the Sava basin seem to be over, it is crucial to analyse their drivers and consider the lessons to be learned. Together with its partners EuroNatur presents a flood mitigation concept working with nature rather than against it.[more]

9. September 2014

Nearly 100,000 against dams in Mavrovo National Park

One of Europe‘s oldest national parks shall remain free of new dams. Until yesterday 97,804 people signed a letter of protest against two projected hydropower plants inside the Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia. Today, the petition was handed over to the Macedonian Prime Minister Nicola Gruevski. This action was part of the Save the Blue Heart of Europe campaign. [more]

4. September 2014

Mavrovo Petition: Help us reach 100.000 signatures!

We have already collected over 92,000 signatures for the preservation of the Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia and against the two intended hydro dams inside the park. Those dam projects put the habitat of the last Balkan Lynxes at risk, along with many other species.


Please sign the petition and tell your friends!

21. August 2014

Wolf, Egyptian Vulture, Black Pennant, and Black Widow recorded at the Vjosa River in Albania

The Mediterranean black widow is one of eleven spider species recorded for the first time in Albania.

In the context of the Days of Biodiversity an initiative of the German GEO magazine – an international field research event took place at the Vjosa river in Albania in mid-June. The remarkable results will be published in the latest issue of the GEO magazine, which will be released tomorrow. [more]

13. August 2014

Dangerous journey to the wintering grounds

Bird hunting on the Balkan Peninsula is threatening also the German breeding populations of the black-tailed godwit.

Millions of birds migrate along the so-called Adriatic Flyway from Central, Northern and Eastern Europe or Siberia across the Adriatic Sea to Africa. But every year the eastern Adriatic region becomes a death trap to far more than two million migratory birds. [more]

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