Lisa Leschinski - Project Manager

EuroNatur employe Lisa Leschinski
© Kerstin Sauer

Loud, wild, it gets under your skin – this is how Lisa Leschinski describes the mating-call of a Balkan lynx. She was lucky to hear it in the Mavrovo National Park during her internship with the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) – a EuroNatur partner organisation. This was shortly before the wildlife biologist joined EuroNatur. Lisa Leschinski has been in charge of our lynx protection projects since 2020.

The time in North Macedonia left an impression on Lisa Leschinski. She experienced how passionate the biologists of MES are to secure the survival of the Balkan lynx. She was especially impressed by the successful collaboration with local hunters and the civilian population – something of great importance to Lisa, ever since she worked for many years for the Hunting Association of Lower Saxony. There, she actively monitored the wolf population. „I am a research scientist but science alone is not enough in order to effectively protect such species as the lynx and the wolf. Fact-based communication and public relations are much needed, too.“ She is convinced: „This is the only way of achieving acceptance and coexistence of humans and wildlife“.

This is also true for the protection of marine mammals – another of Lisa‘s passion. While volunteering at dolphin and whale research organisations in Australia and Wales she was also confronted with conflicts between fishermen and marine mammals. „The challenges are similar to those with the lynx, even though the habitat is completely different“, Lisa Leschinski says. At EuroNatur she is also in charge of projects to protect Mediterranean monk seals. What she specially likes about EuroNatur is: „We ask our local partners what they need instead of forcing our plans upon them. Nature conservation only works with the support of local people. I have witnessed this in all my previous projects.“

News

Environmental groups suing the Albanian authorities for the illegal construction of the Vlora Airport

Environmental groups challenge the contract for the construction of Vlora International Airport as null due to the irregularities and the violation of…

Polish expansion plans could finish the Oder off

++ Government in Warsaw plans to narrow and deepen the German-Polish border river ++ Nature conservation organisations file complaint with EU ++…

Project BESTbelt offers new opportunities along the European Green Belt

It was 33 years ago that the Berlin Wall fell, signalling the beginning of a new era. A unique opportunity presented itself, not only for German…

‘Destructive, undemocratic and possibly illegal’

Green groups slate leaked EU renewables emergency measures: EU plans for an emergency regulation to accelerate renewable energy deployment are highly…

EuroNatur Award 2022: A signal of support for primary forest conservation and a show of solidarity with Ukraine

++ Forest conservationists receive the EuroNatur Award 2022 ++ Europe's last primary forests under massive pressure ++ War against Ukraine hampers…

Rejection of hydropower plants in the National Park - North Macedonia revokes concessions

++ A milestone that puts wind into the sails of NGOs’ fight for free-flowing rivers ++ A vital first step to continue the protection of rivers in all…

Disappointing compromises after vote in EU Parliament

Disappointment prevails after the vote in Strasbourg on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). MEPs have failed to advance energy solutions that will…

Last vultures released into the wild in Bulgaria

++ Two female Cinereous Vultures have been released into the wild in Bulgaria ++ Seven-year project has been completed successfully ++ 3rd September…

Environmental Organisations Present Key Requirements for an Oder River Action Programme

Turn the Oder disaster into an opportunity for ecological revitalisation

Oder catastrophe: Completely clarify causes and ensure restoration of the Oder

The environmental disaster in the Oder River is man-made, that much is certain. Decisive steps are needed now.

Drought at Ulcinj Salina

Drought and inadequate water management have caused the Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro to all but dry up. Conservationists can at least see a positive…

Preliminary Report of the Neretva Science Week

The first findings of the Neretva Science Week were summarized in a report. It provides preliminary impressions, highlights and an overview from the…

Stork village meeting in Taraš in Serbia

At long last a meeting face to face: After a pause of two years enforced by Covid, representatives from seven European Stork Villages met together in…

High risks for hydropower investments in the Balkans

Greenfield large hydropower investments across southeast Europe (1) face major risks and low realisation rates, according to a new report by CEE…