The delicate filigree of dew across butterfly wings, one of our feathered friends turns animal tamer and a frog takes a relaxing bath: more than 300 nature enthusiasts have gone on a photographic foray for this year’s Europe’s Nature Treasures photography competition, putting Europe’s natural treasures under the spotlight with artistic flair, humour and empathy.
They were missing for more than 20 years. Now the spoonbill and the glossy ibis are back to the Serbian nature reserve Obedska Bara – a wetland complex around the largest oxbow along the Sava River. In the course of a monitoring tour in early June, staff of the Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina province and Secretariat of Urbal Planning and Environmental Protection of the Province found four breeding pairs of ibises and six to eight pairs of spoonbills.
From 29 June to 3 July 2016, all life revolved around the white stork in the Hungarian village of Nagybajom. More than 60 representatives of "European Stork Villages" from 13 different European countries converged on this little town of just three and a half thousand inhabitants in southwest Hungary.
This week Balkan rivers gained valuable attention. In particular the EU Commission and the European Parliament want to put more emphasis on making sure that renewable energy development on the Balkans will not be to the detriment of rivers.
Baby boom of Dalmatian Pelicans at Lake Skadar in Montenegro: Project staff counted 40 nestlings by mid-June. And this number will be increasing, as in the nests on the breeding platforms several eggs are still being incubated.
How do you draw up a Red List for a country? What criteria should be applied? How do you assess the state of different species for the Red List? Issues surrounding the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) were the topic of training for 30 staff from EuroNatur’s partner organisations at a workshop held in Veliko Gradiste, Serbia from 6 to 10 June.
A new village has joined the already impressive network of European Stork Villages on Saturday. On 11th June the nature conservation foundation EuroNatur awarded the title of European Stork Village 2016 to the Greek village of Poros.
Between June 8 and 10, international experts met with scientists of the University of Tirana in Albania to discuss the future of the Vjosa river. They adopted a joint position paper, which was handed over to the Albanian Ministry of the Environment.
Final sprint for the cross-border photo competition “Balkan Green Belt”: Ending 30th of June, both residents and visitors of the unique habitat network are invited to submit their most beautiful photos of the region’s overwhelming nature, specific cultural features, and people to the participating EuroNatur partner organisations.
EuroNatur partner organisation Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) is among the winners of the European Natura 2000 Award 2016. In cooperation with four other NGOs, BBF developed a program that serves both for protecting nature in Bulgaria’s Balkan Mountains and for creating sustainable economic prospects for the local population.