Wonderful marvels of nature: 24. Photo competition “European Treasures of Nature”

Since 24 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 have been chosen. They will constitute the large-sized EuroNatur wall calendar. © Julian Rad

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

#SaveParadiseForests

Join in and spread the word! Romania’s paradise forests are among the few remnants of untamed, free nature left in Europe. Please help us to save them from being cut down. Sign our international petition to the Romanian government! © Matthias Schickhofer/EuroNatur

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. © Guido Sachse

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

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

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.

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Wonderful marvels of nature

“Reward” is the fitting title of the winner of this year’s photo competition “European Treasures of Nature”. Out of approximately 4,000 images, the...

Huchen protesting at Drina Regatta

++ 20,000 people at this year's event on Drina River in Serbia ++ NGO's protested against damming the globally most important Huchen (Danube Salmon)...

Does World Heritage Status provide protection to Romanian primeval forests?

++ EuroNatur and Agent Green welcome recognition of 24,000 hectares of primeval beech forests in Romania as World Heritage ++ Nonetheless: Destruction...

Extension of Primeval Beech Forests World Heritage Site: Great Success for Dedicated Efforts

For several years, ten European countries and a number of nature conservation NGOs, including EuroNatur, had been jointly working towards the...

Forest Alert: Romanian Ministry Attacks Own Primary Forest Protection Laws

Ministry surprisingly neglects the existence of its 2005 published inventory on primary forest areas in the country.

Joy of motherhood for Maya

Great news from Macedonia: a baby Balkan lynx has been born! This is the first time scientists have succeeded in taking pictures of lynx young, since...

Building frenzy in Albanian pelican paradise

The Karavasta Lagoon at Albania’s Adriatic coast is one of the most important wetlands on the Balkans. However, a building company plans to construct...

Hydropower project Kalivaç revisited

Albanian government re-opens the concession procedure for the Kalivaç HPP++ NGOs prepare their opposition

A Network for the White Stork

From 16 to 20 May 2017, the 14th conference of European Stork Villages was held in Poros, Greece ++ Storks, too, fall victim to poaching on their...

Hunt for images of the Balkan Green Belt

Nine photo competitions – one goal: the most beautiful photograph of the Balkan Green Belt! Nine of EuroNatur’s partner organisations in the states...

Pelicans eagerly breeding on Lake Skadar

The Dalmatian Pelicans on Lake Skadar are in the midst of their breeding season. Closely packed, the large birds are sitting on their nests – in the...

Dam project stopped for the present

++ Albanian Court stops dam project on the Vjosa ++ Success for nature conservation and affected residents ++

 

Scientists for Vjosa

++ 25 scientists from Austria, Albania, Germany and Slovenia research Europe’s last wild river for a week ++ Press conference held on river island ++

International support for natural paradise in Montenegro

European natural treasure still threatened in Montenegro – is protecting the Salina Ulcinj beyond the power of the Montenegrin government? +++ Nature...

Active for nature conservation in Europe for 30 years

Nature conservation foundation EuroNatur celebrates 30th anniversary +++ Ongoing efforts for Europe’s natural treasures

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