No Money = No Dams

Our efforts to let rivers flow freely also find the support by US outdoor clothing company Patagonia. Not only did Patagonia commission the impressive documentary “Blue Heart”, but the company also launched a petition calling on international finance institutions to stop investing in hydropower plants. Please help us put an end to the dam tsunami on the Balkans and sign the international petition, too!

Balkan rivers: The Blue Heart of Europe

They still exist on the Balkans – the wild and pristine river landscapes. This is where Europe’s blue heart is beating. More that 80% of rivers in South-Eastern Europe are in a high or a good ecological status. These are true hotspots of biodiversity. However, plans for hydropower plants along the Sava and Co. are threatening this natural treasure. EuroNatur, RiverWatch and partner organisations in Balkan countries are fighting to preserve this unique European natural heritage. © Goran Safarek

A network for storks

Agricultural intensification in Europe is giving the white stork a tough time. EuroNatur’s initiative “European Stork Villages” acts as a counterbalance to increasing habitat loss. Since 1994 EuroNatur is honouring European communities that are home to a large stork population and care for their protection in the long run. This created a Europe-wide network for the protection of these fascinating birds - now with an own homepage: www.storkvillages.net © Guido Sachse

Fighting for Europe’s last old-growth forests

Romania is the last country in the European Union harbouring really primeval forests on a large scale. But they are vanishing at breath-taking speed. The timber mafia is massively cutting down the forests. By launching the campaign #SaveParadiseForests, EuroNatur and the Romanian NGO Agent Green send a strong signal for the conservation of Europe’s last paradise forests. © Matthias Schickhofer

Anniversary of the photo competition: 25 years of "Europe's Natural Treasures"

Since 25 years EuroNatur and partners invite amateur and professional photographers to go exploring with their camera. Whether breathtaking landscapes, special moments or hidden beauty – the spectacular pictures are as diverse as Europe’s nature. The twelve winner pictures will constitute the large-sized EuroNatur wall calendar. © Franco Sala

Lifeline: the European Green Belt

EuroNatur thinks nature conservation across borders. The “European Green Belt” initiative is a classic example of how EuroNatur puts this approach into practice. Forming a corridor of habitats with an extraordinary biodiversity, the European Green Belt stretches along the former Iron Curtain from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. Together with its partners, EuroNatur works to preserve and advance this unique habitat network. © Ljubomir Stefanov

Crime Scene Adriatic – Bird hunting on the Balkans

Every year European migratory birds set out on the energy-sapping flight across the Mediterranean Sea. However, instead of finding a resting place at the coastline, they are already awaited by hunters. According to estimates, far more than two million birds are shot every year along the Adriatic Flyway. In order to put a stop to bird hunting, EuroNatur campaigns for the protection of additional resting areas, creates awareness among locals and cooperates with the people to develop alternatives to bird hunting. © Willi Rolfes

EuroNatur – Nature conservation without borders

Natural treasures are subject to overexploitation everywhere. EuroNatur stands for a different way. The foundation’s nature and species conservation projects help preserve Europe’s nature in its beauty and diversity. EuroNatur protects large-scale natural landscapes as well as ecologically valuable cultural landscapes throughout Europe.

EuroNatur projects are designed for the long term and involve the needs of local people. We strive not only for the protection of wildlife and its habitats in Europe, but also for an ecologically sustainable development of the respective region – in harmony with nature.

We emphasize cooperating with local partner organisations and provide our partners in the EuroNatur project areas with the necessary support that enables them to effectively protect nature.

News

Award for a River Conservationist with Passion

++ 2018 EuroNatur Award goes to Roberto Epple ++ Founding President of the European Rivers Network has devoted himself for decades to the wild rivers...

Blue Heart in the European Parliament

On Wednesday 27th June, there was a screening of the documentary film “Blue Heart” in the European Parliament in Brussels. In the subsequent debate...

Four years of successful white stork conservation

The project to preserve wet meadows and pastures has delivered great success for the white storks of Europe over the past four years. This project,...

Over 120.000 signatures against hydropower in the Balkans

++ Petition against the financing of dam projects in the Balkans signed by more than 120,000 people ++ Petition handed over to the EBRD in London...

Construction stop of hydropower plant in Valbona Valley

There is hopeful news regarding the Albanian Valbona River: The Administrative Appeals Court in Tirana ruled to stop immediately all the construction...

Bern Convention visits Vjosa in Albania

Representatives of the Bern Convention visited the Vjosa in order to investigate to which extent plans for hydropower development are jeopardizing the...

Historic Rapprochement between Macedonia and Greece

The name dispute over Macedonia could soon be a thing of the past.

Brave women of Kruščica win court case against dam construction

A major court victory has been won by a group of activists protecting their community and river from the threat of new dam construction.

Promises, promises…Yet another one broken by the Montenegrin government over Ulcinj Salina

++ Nature conservation organisations launch international petition ++ Demand for the immediate protection of the Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro ++...

Forest destruction in Romania: Large-scale raid against criminal network started

The anti-mafia prosecutor's office in Bucharest is finally taking action against the mafia structures of the Romanian timber industry. During a raid,...

Romania: Stopp Logging National Parks

++ Protest action in the wilderness of Domogled National Park draws public attention to environmental drama in the Carpathians ++

World premiere of the "Blue Heart" film

The film "Blue Heart" celebrated its world premiere at the disused Idbar dam in Bosnia-Herzegovina and delighted the audience.

Hope for Ulcinj Salina

Will the years of campaigning by EuroNatur and its partners for the placing under protection of Ulcinj Salina finally be rewarded? During the...

International appeal to support the brave women of Kruščica

Women wanted: A global appeal to women to travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina on 28 April to occupy for an evening a bridge as part of the Blue Heart...

New Study: Hydropower development puts Europe’s fish paradise at risk

The Balkan rivers host 113 rare and protected fish species. If the hydropower development is carried out as planned, about 10 percent of all European...

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