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12. February 2015

Massacre of Europa’s migratory birds

Bird hunters flock to the wetlands, shooting at everything in their path.

Shot down, plucked and sold on the black market. This is the fate of the hundreds of thousands of migratory birds that fall victim to bird hunting in Serbia and Romania each year. In “The Massacre of Europe’s Songbirds”, an article for the American news magazine Newsweek, Luke Dale-Harris exposes the Mafioso background to this bird massacre.[more]



5. February 2015

Support for the Sava River

On the occasion of the World Wetlands Day past Monday, the Sava River received cross-border backing. Representatives of protected area administrations and other public institutions from all the riparian countries signed a common declaration of intent to step up efforts to protect the ecological values of the Sava, its floodplain forests and its tributaries across the borders.[more]



30. January 2015

2 February 2015, World Wetlands Day

Among the most ecologically precious sections of the European Green Belt: the Prespa region

Seven environmental organizations - among them EuroNatur - call upon the new Greek Government to finally ratify the Prespa Park International Agreement.[more]



19. December 2014

Vjosa in Albania: The municipalities of Përmet and Çarshovë want a National Park instead of dams

Signing of the declaration in Charshova.

On Wednesday and Thursday the first public discussions about the future of the Vjosa Valley took place in the cities of Çarshovë (16.12.) and Përmet (17.12.) in southern Albania. While official plans of the government envisage the construction of eight dams along the river, the mayors and people of the affected communities support the alternative idea of establishing a national park.[more]



9. December 2014

Dam projects: Case against Macedonia

International support for the critically threatened Balkan Lynx from the Bern Convention.

Due to the projected construction of hydropower plants in the Mavrovo National Park, proceedings under the Bern Convention are being initiated against Macedonia. Plans for the hydro projects shall rest until the situation is resolved. [more]



1. December 2014

NGO Protest: Sava River at Risk

The Sava downstream of Zagreb, one of Europe´s finest rivers. According to the Sava Commission this stretch is “heavily modified”.

In an open letter, fifteen environmental non-governmental organisations protest against the intention of the International Sava River Basin Commission to adopt a management plan for the Sava River basin.[more]



29. October 2014

Albania still a death trap for migrating birds?

Illegal bird hunting is still the order of the day

Since March 2014 there has been an absolute ban on bird hunting in Albania. Officially. But in fact masses of migrating birds are still being shot by poachers. In his article “ Killing field for Migrating Birds“ in the online magazine „Yale Environment 360“ Phil Mc Kenna reports on the the situation he saw in Albania.[more]



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]



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