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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]



14. April 2015

Huge hotel complex versus bird heaven

The Ulcinj salt flats are an important resting place for the rare spoonbill.

Together with its partners EuroNatur organised a conference in Podgorica from 8–9 April 2015 to promote the protection of the Ulcinj salt flats. This internationally important wetland is in danger of falling victim to mass tourism. In a joint final declaration, all particpants emphasised the need for the Ulcinj salt flats to be placed under immediate protection.[more]



26. March 2015

First photo of Balkan Lynx in Kosovo!

A minor sensation: the first camera trap photograph of a Balkan Lynx in Kosovo.

A joyful moment for EuroNatur partner ERA (Environmentally Responsible Action group): A few days ago, a camera trap set by the lynx specialist team of the Kosovar nature conservation NGO for the first time documented a Balkan Lynx in Bjeshket e Nemuna National Park bordering Montenegro.[more]



18. March 2015

Study confirms: The Heart of the Huchen beats on the Balkans

Rare and huge: the Huchen.

As a contribution to this year’s UN World Water Day (22.3.), representatives of the fields of science and fisheries in cooperation with environmental NGOs present a study about the distribution of the Huchen on the Balkan Peninsula. The results clearly show that the Balkan rivers constitute the last big hot spot for this species.[more]



12. March 2015

The Vjosa River at a Crossroad – Dam Tsunami or National Park?

Die Vjosa ist einer der letzten Wildflüsse Europas.

Today, the international NGOs Riverwatch and EuroNatur, together with their local partner EcoAlbania, are presenting a paper, which for the first time reveals the full extent of the threat to the Vjosa catchment area. According to this paper, the last big wild river of Europe is at risk of complete destruction.[more]



25. February 2015

The threat to Ulcinj Salina is still very much alive

Ulcinj Salina is a precious habitat for the Greater Flamingo. The bird is perfectly adapted to salt water life

For many species of ducks and waterbirds the Ulcinj Salina represents one of the most important resting places on their route through the Mediterranean. The precious natural heritage of Ulcinj Salina is in danger of falling prey to the interests of developers of mass tourism.[more]



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]



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