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24. July 2015

Hydropower Plants on the Una River Halted

Must not be destroyed! The Una’s wonderful river landscape.

The city council of Bihać halted the construction of two hydropower plants in the Una National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The planned hydropower plants Martin Brod and Dobrenica would reduce the status as a national park to absurdity and would destroy one of the most magnificent rivers in the Sava River Basin. [more]

20. July 2015

Wonderful Nature’s wonders

Bright dancing polar lights, a curious caterpillarbird and a six-legged harpist: For this year’s photo competition "Natural Treasures in Europe" 433 photographers from 36 countries have gone on photo safari and captured the wild wonders of Europe’s nature in fascinating pictures.

Have a look at the winning entries!

9. July 2015

Flying a flag for the turtle dove

EuroNatur flies a flag for the turtle dove!

Recently the prime minister of Serbia evoked a wave of indignation throughout Europe. In parliament he stated that in order to bring money into the public purse Serbia should give permission to Italian hunters to shoot the turtle dove. Nature conservation NGO Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS) initiated a protest campaign that is also supported by EuroNatur.[more]

2. July 2015

Best-selling US author Jonathan Franzen to receive EuroNatur Award 2015

Jonathan Franzen, the bird-watcher

Jonathan Franzen is a passionate bird-watcher and a great champion of bird protection in Europe. On the 14th October EuroNatur Foundation is honouring him with the EuroNatur Award 2015.[more]

29. June 2015

Stork habitat under threat in Europe

Signing of the Cigoc Declaration

The 12th conference of European Stork Villages was held in Čigoć in the district of Sisak in Croatia from 25–27 June 2015. Well over 50 representatives took up the invitation from the European Stork Village of Čigoć. [more]

28. May 2015

Another successful breeding season on Lake Skadar

Exploring their habitat: fledged pelicans on Lake Skadar.

Good news again from the Dalmatian pelicans’ breeding grounds on Lake Skadar: during their last monitoring tour in April, National Park administration staff counted 29 fledged pelican chicks.[more]

21. May 2015

Dam craze puts protected areas in the Balkans at risk

The Austrian company ENSO Hydro is currently constructing a hydropower plant in the midst of the Albanian Fir of Hotova National Park.

A recent study on hydropower projects inside protected areas commissioned by Riverwatch and EuroNatur shows that 535 projects are currently planned within strict nature conservation areas, 113 of which in the midst of national parks.[more]

7. May 2015

Amazon of Europe in grave danger

Current political developments in Hungary and Slovenia pose a danger for the river landscapes of the Danube, Drava and Mur.

Last week, the Hungarian government passed a law that effectively abolished the country’s nature reserves. This also threatens to endanger the five-country biosphere reserve along the rivers Mura, Drava and Danube. [more]

4. May 2015

European Parliament criticizes Albania’s hydropower policies

Protest against hydropower development on the Bënça river, a tributary of the Vjosa.

The European Parliament called upon the Albanian government to rethink the projected hydropower projects along the Vjosa River and its tributaries. In their Motion for a Resolution the vast majority of the EU parliamentarians demanded from Albania to abandon all hydropower projects, particularly those in national parks.[more]

27. April 2015

Sought and found: the most beautiful European treasures of nature

The jury (from left to right): Gabriel Schwaderer, EuroNatur, Felix A. Wirtz, Gelsenwasser AG, Peter Laufmann, magazine "Natur", Kerstin Sauer, EuroNatur Service GmbH, Ralph Thoms, NaturVision

Who will come out on top – bird, furry animal or spring blossom? The jury of the photo competition “European Treasures of Nature” gathered last week in Stuttgart to elect the most beautiful pictures of this year’s competition.[more]

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