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

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

Ulcinj Salina: Bird paradise finally protected

For more than 15 years we fought, along with our partners, to gain protected status for the Ulcinj Salina in the south of Montenegro. After numerous empty promises from the authorities in Podgorica, we again stepped up the pressure through the #SaveSalina campaign – with success. In June 2019, the Salina was finally declared a Nature Park.

© Mihailo Jovicević / CZIP

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

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

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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Pesticides: No thanks! The EuroNatur award to the commune of Mals

++ The EuroNatur award 2020 goes to the commune of Mals in South Tyrol ++ It has gained national prominence through its campaign to ban pesticides in...

At long last a clear statement: EuroNatur welcomes the biodiversity strategy for the EU

++ European Commission presents biodiversity strategy ++ In future 10% of the land surface area should be placed under strict protection ++ To...

Europe's largest river protection area on the verge of gaining approval

Europe's largest river protection area could soon be created along three rivers - the Danube, the Drava and the Mur. On 7 May, after also receiving...

EuroNatur project areas in North Macedonia are to be given protected status

Good news: the Shar Mountains in North Macedonia could soon become a national park, a successful conclusion to the long campaign waged by EuroNatur...

Photo documentation about loggings in Romania’s Natura 2000 areas published

EuroNatur and Agent Green present a photo documentation and a video that give an insight into the tragic fate of the wild forests in Romania’s Natura...

Expansion of hydropower under protection of curfew

++ Increasing destruction of nature in times of pandemic ++ Investors exploit the corona crisis for illegal construction of hydropower plants ++...

Destruction of Romania’s natural forests: Environmental groups pursue new legal action against Romanian authorities

Environmental organisations EuroNatur, Agent Green and ClientEarth have revealed the catastrophic scale of illegal logging of old-growth and primary...

A snapshot of forests with great potential

The PRIMOFARO study: an assessment of Romania’s precious primary and old growth forests

New report reveals total neglect for virgin forest protection in Romania

++New report shows: virgin forests don’t get included in the National Catalogue++Authorities block or lose studies and willingly prevent the...

Breeding record for Dalmatian pelicans

No sign of spring fatigue: for the Dalmatian pelicans of the Albanian Karavasta Lagoon the breeding season is in full swing. The number of pelicans...

“Bear Killer Gang” sentenced

In northern Spain, members of an organised group of poachers from the province of Palencia were convicted - an important success for bear protection.

Challenge Corona

The corona virus is changing our lives; EuroNatur is also doing what is necessary to prevent further spread of the virus. The offices are empty, but...

Complaint against Serbia submitted to Energy Community

EuroNatur and three other NGOs submit a complaint to the Energy Community against Serbia’s failure to fully assess the environmental impacts of small...

Wild bird crime in Serbia is threatening the populations of migratory birds

++ Bird migration is already in full swing ++ Many birds are falling victim to poachers in the Balkans ++ EuroNatur and their Serbian partner...

Success for Romania’s virgin forests: a ban on felling in the Domogled National Park

The Romanian Supreme Court has forbidden any further exploitation of the ancient forests in the Domogled-Valea Cernei National Park. The judgment...

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