Why was EuroNatur started?

Why was EuroNatur started?

© Willi Rolfes
Nature is not impressed by political borders - but it can be at their mercy: EuroNatur stands for nature conservation across borders. © Willi Rolfes

What is the point of protecting the Lapwing in Germany if it will be shot on its flight  between summer and winter quarters? To protect migrating birds in Europe not only where their breeding grounds are but also in their wintering and resting places was the most important motive in the founding of EuroNatur.

In our project activities we focus like no other organisation on creating nature conservation across national borders. As an internationally active nature conservation foundation we have made it our task to conserve our European natural heritage in all its diversity and to protect precious natural and ecologically valuable traditionally cultivated landscapes in Europe. EuroNatur is an organisation whose core task is to encourage people to work across the many national borders in Europe and make nature conservation take place on a continental scale.

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Brown Bear

Seen as a predator with a sweet tooth, a much loved model for soft toys yet outlawed and hunted down as a blood-thirsty beast: the brown bear.


Lithe and skillful, the lynx is a shy, lone hunter. If it is to survive in Europe and if the population is to be undisturbed enough to increase in number, intensive protection measures will be required.


Mankind's relationship to the wolf is ambivalent – on the one hand the animal is admired as a skilled and untiring hunter but also ill-famed as Isengrim the bloodthirsty and persecuted.

Migratory birds

Always to be where living conditions are best: this is a luxury that only those with wings can afford.

Green Belt

Across 12 500 kilometres (over 7700 miles) the Green Belt stretches along the one-time Iron Curtain forming a corridor of habitats for an exceptional diversity of species.

Rivers in Europe

Where in Germany can you still find the original wild rivers? You'll need a magnifying glass. But in the Balkans such utopias still exist on a large scale, even today.

EuroNatur award

Environmental award since 1992.

Nature photo competition

International nature photography competition "Treasures of Nature in Europe". Join us - it's free!

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