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Strengthening the Stork Conservation Network

From August 7th to 10th, 2013, the Slovenian Stork Village Velika Polana hosted the 10th annual conference of the European Stork Villages network. About 40 participants from 10 countries met up to develop solutions for the future of stork conservation.

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First “Amazon of Europe day”

Supported by EuroNatur and WWF, numerous partner NGOs from Croatia and Hungary, together with politicians from both countries, celebrated the first international “Amazon of Europe day” on July 14th. The event aimed for calling attention to the high ecological value of Europe’s last pristine river systems and the threats they are facing.

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Jonathan Franzen talks about bird-hunting in the Balkans

In March 2012 American bestselling author Jonathan Franzen went to the Balkans on a fact-finding mission on bird-hunting for National Geographic. The alarming findings of his journey can be read in the latest issue of the magazine.

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Set off on a treasure hunt along the Eastern Adriatic

One of the standard works for nature tourists is now available in English: The “Adriatic East Coast” EuroNatur Travel Guide covering the natural and cultural treasures of this whole coast right across national borders in one practical, compact volume.

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EuroNatur in search of the most beautiful nature photos of Europe

One of Europe’s most renowned nature photo competitions is celebrating its anniversary. Marking the 20th year of the annual event EuroNatur is launching the nature photo competition "European Treasures of Nature 2013". We are looking forward to receiving the most beautiful and spectacular photos of animals, plants or landscapes in Europe.

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Sava river and Europe’s largest alluvial forests at risk

One of the last natural rivers in Europe is to be downgraded to "an extensively modified body of water". At least this is how representatives of Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia and Serbia rank the Sava in the latest draft of their management plan for the river. If this classification continues to be used, it would be a terrible step in the wrong direction, particularly with view to Croatia’s impending accession to the EU.

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Montenegro protects the most important resting place for migratory birds on the eastern Adriatic coast

Yesterday the Montenegrin parliament decidedto designate Ulcinj salt flats as a specialist nature area. "This is an important victory in our quest to preserve the Saline Ulcinj salt flats as the most important resting place for migratory birds on the eastern coast of the Adriatic," says Gabriel Schwaderer, head of EuroNatur.

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Impetus for the European Green Belt initiative

The 6th Pan-European Conference on the European Green Belt in the Mavrovo National Park (FYR Macedonia) closed with an appeal for the conservation and protection of the natural treasures so far preserved in the shadow of the former Iron Curtain. The conference with its roughly 100 participants representing 21 countries along the European Green Belt focussed their particular criticism on the endangering of the Mavrovo National Park.

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6th Pan-European Green Belt Conference

The „European Green Belt“, which is currently the most fascinating and ambitious nature conservation initiative in Europe, is a key contribution to preserve and develop the ecological infrastructure in Europe. More than 100 representatives of ministries and non-government organisations from the 24 countries at the European Green Belt meet in Mavrovo from June 28th to 30th to give a strong signal for cross border nature conservation in Europe.

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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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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.

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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.

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