Vjosa National Park Now!

For many years, EuroNatur and its partners have been campaigning to protect the Balkan rivers. At the very heart of this work has been the Vjosa in Albania - Europe’s last unspoilt wild river. But the Vjosa’s future is now at a crossroads: will it become a national park or face destruction as a result of dam construction? For Albania’s parliamentary election at April, 25 we will be stepping up the pressure on those responsible for making such decisions. Watch the short film “Vjosa Forever”, commissioned by Patagonia.

© Gregor Subic

Save Bees and Farmers

EuroNatur is taking part in the "Save Bees and Farmers" Citizens’ Initiative. Together with the Initiative's partners we are calling on the EU Commission to support an agriculture that reconciles the needs of farmers with those of nature, according to our motto "connecting nature and people". Support the change in agriculture with your signature!

© Uwe Meyer

Fighting for Europe’s last old-growth forests

The Romanian Carpathians are the last place beside Scandinavia 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. In February 2020, we were able to celebrate a major success: the EU initiated infringement proceedings against Romania - a glimmer of hope for Paradise Forests.

© Matthias Schickhofer/EuroNatur

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

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

EuroNatur – Nature conservation in Europe

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.

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News

Even one dam can destroy the river

A recently published study summarises the value of the Vjosa River system as one of the few remaining reference sites for dynamic floodplains in...

Activists demand European political support for a Vjosa National Park in Albania

++ The new slogan, Vjosa National Park Now, is a plea to protect Europe’s last big wild river ++

Nature ignored in European recovery funding, say campaign groups

EU Recovery Fundings in the wake of the Corona crisis read largely without consideration of nature and climate protection goals

Albania Faced with a Choice: National Park or Destruction of the Vjosa River

The future of Europe’s largest unspoilt river hangs in the balance

Mother bear murdered in Montenegro

Poachers in Montenegro have shot dead the mother of two young brown bear cubs - a particularly dramatic case of wildlife crime, which has seen a...

Vjosa: Environmental groups submit proposal for Europe’s first Wild River National Park

++ Because of the Albanian government's inaction, nature conservation organisations are now taking action ++ Vjosa National Park could become a...

Valuable marshes in Poland endangered by mining project

The Australian company Balamara has plans to mine for coal in the Polish region of Lubelskie. This is not only harmful to the climate, but also...

Change in government in Montenegro brings new hope for Ulcinj Salina

++ Montenegro’s new government is intending to afford effective protection to Salina Ulcinj ++ On 2nd February it is World Wetlands Day ++ Ramsar...

No green light for small hydropower in EU Finance Taxonomy

Hydropower is not a sustainable investment. EU Commission should listen to science.

Vjosa: Political game with the future of Europe´s last wild river

++ 94 % of Albanians in favour of establishing Vjosa National Park ++ IUCN confirms the potential of Vjosa River for becoming a National Park ++...

A voyage of discovery in Europe's nature

Start of “Europe’s Natural Treasures 2021” international photography competition

Small hydropower plants in the Balkans soon a thing of the past?

The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) announced Nov. 26 that starting in 2021, the government would no longer provide subsidies that support...

Protection of some primary forests announced – shortly before national elections

After years of bureaucratic burdens some iconic primary forest – such as Boia Mica valley in Fagaras Mountains – are finally protected. However,...

Wolf population in West Poland still not secure despite growth in numbers

A long-term study on the spread of wolves into West Poland, which has just been published, makes clear that, despite the continuing growth in numbers...

Digger for Ulcinj Salina ended up in the scrap metal

In 2004 EuroNatur provided a grant for a digger to carry out conservation work at Ulcinj Salina, particularly for the maintenance of dams and dykes....

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