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The Blue Heart of Europe is threatened with collapse

There is acute danger that the “Blue Heart“ of Europe, a unique European natural heritage that has evolved over a million years, may be destroyed in one blow. Nowhere in Europe except here in the Balkans can such a number of natural, still untouched riverscapes be found. But precisely this sensitive and unique diversity is facing a radical attack from the hydroelectric power lobby.

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Will Croatia Destroy its Most Beautiful Section at River Danube?

The decision on the future of one of the most precious floodplains along the river Danube is just around the corner. Shipping plans to regulate the Danube along a 53 kilometres section between the border of Croatia and Serbia.Working on an international level, EuroNatur categorically rejects the planned channelling.

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2nd February is World Wetlands Day

The eastern Adriatic coast has more to offer than just beaches and a steel-blue sea: underground caves, huge lakes and karst moors - flooded and dried out by subterranean watercourses. At the World Wetlands Day on February 2nd, the Pan-European nature conservation organisation EuroNatur wants to draw the attention to the importance of wetlands on the Balkan Peninsula.

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Most important resting area for migratory birds on the Eastern Adriatic coast to be transformed into a building site

Since December 16, countdown is running for the most important resting area for migratory birds on the Eastern Adriatic coast. On January 16, the Solana Ulcinj shall be sold for at least 257.8 million euro, which implies the imminent loss of these valuable wetlands.

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Macedonia's largest national park threatened by hydro power plant project

In middle of the second oldest and largest national park of Macedonia, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) plans to finance the construction of a large hydroelectric dam for power generation. The so called "Boskov Most" project means a serious threat to the Mavrovo National Park.

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Line of Life - Balkan Green Belt

From 16th to 19th November 2011, more than 50 representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations met in order to discuss about the future of the European Green Belt in South-Eastern Europe.

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Don't be afraid of flood

This late afternoon, the Croatian conservationist Goran Gugic will receive the EuroNatur Award 2011 on the island of Mainau in Lake Constance. Last year, Dr. Ernst Paul Dörfer had been awarded for his commitment to protect the river Elbe. With the 2011 award, EuroNatur has linked Europe by including the Sava floodplains in Croatia, the largest alluvial wetlands in Europe covering more than 1.200 square kilometres.

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Living with water

As manager of the nature park Lonjsko Polje in the Sava wetlands, Goran Gugic has created a model of how cultural landscapes in Europe can be efficiently protected. On October 2011 he will be awarded with this year's EuroNatur prize on the island of Mainau, Lake Constance.

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German-Polish wolf population keeps growing

Compared to last year's census, the number of wolf packs in western Poland, close to the German border, has been rising. This is the result of a wolf monitoring project financed by the IFAW and the nature heritage fund EuroNatur and carried out by the Polish Association for Nature (AfN) WOLF, which presented its current report.

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EU-Accession of Croatia: Valuable Cultural Landscapes as "endowment"

Last Friday, Croatia was cleared to become the newest member state of the European Union. In accordance with the current political progress, EuroNatur will award the EuroNatur prize 2011 to the Croatian conservationist Goran Gugic in October of this year.

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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.

Lynx

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.

Wolf

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.

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