EuroNatur Award for scientists highlighting threat of species extinction

On 14 October, Dr Eszter Kelemen (Hungary), Dr Yunne-Jai Shin (France) and Prof. Dr Josef Settele (Germany) received the EuroNatur Award 2021 on behalf of all researchers participating in IPBES. This is also a signal for more efforts on the part of politicians to do more for the preservation of biodiversity.

© Gerald Jarausch

Photo competition 2021

This year's winners have been chosen. Since 28 years EuroNatur and partners invite amateur and professional photographers to go exploring with their camera. Whether breathtaking landscapes, special moments or hidden beauty – this year again there are many spectacular shots to marvel at.

© John Cobham

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

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.

© Matthias Schickhofer

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

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 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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