14. July 2014

Protection needed for Amazon of Europe

On the gravel islands of the Drava birds like the rare Little Ringed Plover find an ideal habitat.

On the occasion of the second international Amazon of Europe Day last Sunday, the EuronNatur foundation for nature conservation, the Austrian WWF and a number of other partner organisations took the opportunity to raise awareness about the ecological value of the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers and the threats they face. [more]



10. July 2014

25 Years since the fall of the Iron Curtain

Still existing in Bohemian Forest National Park: the western capercaillie

The coming November will see the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. To commemorate this event the Nature Conservation Foundation EuroNatur is presenting the EuroNatur Award for 2014 to the Czech Environmental and Nature Conservation Organisation Hnutí Duha (Friends of the Earth, Czech Republic). Over the last two decades Hnutí Duha has shown outstanding commitment to the protection of the Bohemian Forest National Park. [more]



1. July 2014

Rescue Plan for the Sava River

Goran Gugic, leader of Lonjsko Pole nature park, is signing the declaration.

Last Friday and Saturday, representatives of nature conservation NGOs and protected areas along the Sava River gathered for the first time and founded the SavaParks Network. [more]



26. June 2014

Hands off Mavrovo National Park!

Protest in front of World Bank Country Unit in Vienna. Representatives of Riverwatch (Cornelia Wieser and Ulrich Eichelmann) hand over 77,930 signatures against the planned funding of a hydroelectric dam in the Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia.

The World Bank Country Unit for Southeast Europe based in Vienna had unusual visitors this morning. Representatives of the environmental NGO Riverwatch handed over a letter of protest - signed by 77,930 people - against the proposed funding of a hydroelectric dam in the Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia.[more]



12. June 2014

Pelicans heading for a record

The Dalmatian pelicans of Lake Skadar National Park are providing further good news: Already 48 pelicans that hatched this year are now swimming on Lake Skadar. That’s the highest number for 37 years. It was in 1977 that a comparable breeding success was observed for the last time. [more]



21. May 2014

Baby boom on Lake Skadar

Already busily exploring their habitat: fledged pelicans on Lake Skadar.

„For a long time, this is the most successful breeding season for Dalmatian pelicans on Lake Skadar.” This statement of joy by scientist Andrej Vizi of the Natural History Museum of Montenegro came after he and his colleagues counted 28 fledged pelican chicks during their last monitoring tour in April.[more]



8. May 2014

Albania: National Park for Vjosa River instead of Dams

Vjosa River section near Tepelena

An unusual press conference has taken place in Albania today. On the gravel islands of the Vjosa River – the last big wild river in Europe – representatives of international and national environmental groups came together with the local mayor and business people in order to propose an idea to save the Vjosa.[more]



20. March 2014

Dam Tsunami to Threaten Balkan Rivers

River Tara in Montenegro.

As a contribution to this year’s UN World Water Day (22.3.) on the topic of “Water and Energy”, EuroNatur and Riverwatch draw attention to the impending destruction of rivers on the Balkan Peninsula. Disguised as green sources of energy, more than 570 hydropower plants are planned to be built between Slovenia and Albania. [more]



11. February 2014

National Geographic reports on Albania’s ban on hunting

Hunter in the Albanian Buna Delta - the new law bans all hunting for two years.

Recently, Albania decided to ban hunting throughout the whole country for two years. The government wants to take advantage of this period in order to better protect migratory birds and other wildlife against poaching.This landmark decision was to a considerable extent inspired by an article by bestselling author Jonathan Franzen published in National Geographic. [more]



7. February 2014

Bulgaria’s building boom threatens Nature Park

Strandzha Nature Park is threatened by massive construction projects.

Strandzha Natural Park on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast faces irreversible impacts by huge construction projects, threatening the unique natural treasures of this exceptional part of the Balkan Green Belt.[more]



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