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Migratory birds not welcome in Montenegro

To mark World Wetlands Day on 2 February, the EuroNatur nature foundation is highlighting the threatened destruction of resting and overwintering grounds along Montenegro’s Adriatic coast that are vital to the survival of migrating birds. [more]



Albania: Massive Violations of Hunting Ban

In spite of a nationwide ban on hunting in Albania, wildlife is being killed in huge numbers. In the past two months alone, Albanian nature conservation NGOs documented more than 1500 cases of illegal hunting. [more]



Offspring of rare Balkan Lynx proven in Albania

Scientists managed to prove successful reproduction of the Balkan Lynx in Albania, and thus a second population of this subspecies of Eurasian Lynx. Last week a young lynx was found dead in the Munella Mountains. There is no doubt that the animal was born in this region. [more]



Old-growth forest of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania saved from clear-cutting

Contrasting reports of excessive nature exploitation in Romania, there are good news just before Christmas: In the south-west of the country a pristine forest the size of 1,000 football fields has been saved for the next ten years. [more]



New Bankwatch study: European “green energy” funding for hydropower threatens pristine Balkan rivers

A wave of hydropower development fuelled by European public funding and EU companies is endangering pristine river environments in the Balkans, finds a new study by CEE Bankwatch Network. [more]



Bern Convention demands provisional stop for the construction of hydropower plants in Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia

For the time being, no hydropower projects are to be built in Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia. This was decided at the meeting of the Bern Convention Standing Committee – Europe’s most important nature convention – in Strasbourg last Friday (December 4, 2015). [more]



Kelag destroys in Bosnia-Herzegovina one of the last habitats for the Huchen in Europe

Hydropower projects threaten one of the most important river sections for the endangered Huchen in Europe. This has been brought to public attention by environmentalists and scientists at a press conference in Banja Luka today. [more]



How fit is Europe in when it comes to nature conservation?

On 20 November, EU environment commissioner Karmenu Vella will present the first interim results of the “fitness check” on the European nature conservation directives. One of the panels of experts instructed by the EU commission has already published its initial conclusions in the run up to the conference. [more]



Rarest Cat on Earth Finally Included in the Red List

Is there a reason for joy, when a species appears on the Red List? In this case, yes. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) acknowledged the Balkan Lynx as a distinct subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx and subsequently classified it as ‘critically endangered’. [more]



EU reports on aspirant nations' progress

The EU Commission has published reports today on aspirant nations' progress towards EU accession. The commission registers the fact that there is still a considerable way to go, most particularly in the area of nature conservation. [more]