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Binding Award: under the sign of the Green Belt Europe

In the frame of the International Year of Biodiversity, the Binding Prize 2010 was awarded in Vaduz yesterday evening. The prize is one of outstanding conservation awards in Europe.

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Wolves are set to become fair game in Switzerland

On September 30, the National Council of Switzerland has asked the government to bring about an amendment of the Treaty of Bern, whereby the hunting of wolves in Switzerland is to be decontrolled within the scope of the treaty. With this resolution Switzerland is sending a fatal signal for the protection of species in Europe.

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Clearing the way for Europe's wildlife

In cooperation with international experts for wildlife protection, the nature heritage foundation EuroNatur demonstrates in a current study how the negative impacts on wildlife and their habitat through the fragmentation of landscapes can be avoided. Today, this study will be presented on occasion of an international conference in Hungary.

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Multi-million project will mean Destruction of Nature

One of the last natural river systems in Central Europe shall be transformed into a uniform navigation canal. Today, August 30, the public hearing for the development of navigation on the Sava River Waterway up to the town of Sisak was closed.

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Proof of Young Wolves in West Poland

Several wolf packs, living close to the German border in West Poland, gave birth to young pups. Financially supported by the IFAW (Internationaler Tierschutz-Fonds) and EuroNatur, the Polish nature protection organisation AfN (Association for Nature Wolf) proved this by their researches, which they carried through in the past weeks.

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Starlings are Waiting in the Wings

While Germany is still covered under ice and snow, migratory birds in the Mediterranean area are already waiting in the wings to return to their breeding grounds. Species like starlings, the Grey Heron, Eurasian Woodcock or the Northern Lapwing are just waiting for milder weather in our country to start their journey home. It is irresponsible that the bird hunting is in full swing in countries like Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania in January and February, and partly continues until March.

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall was Impetus for Nature Conservation without Borders

”Pulling down the Iron Curtain did not only liberate people all over Europe but it also opened new perspectives for nature conservation”, states Gabriel Schwaderer, Managing Director of EuroNatur, at the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 2009.

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Greek island community near Rhodos protects migratory birds from Germany

Tilos is an excellent example to show how undisturbed resting areas along migration routes contribute to an effective bird protection.For their long-time commitment in bird protection the Greek community Tilos was awarded with the EuroNatur prize.

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Germany’s most rare breeding bird is illegally shot in Croatia and Serbia

The Ferruginous Duck is one of the most rare breeding birds in Germany. Hence the shooting of hundreds of Ferruginous Ducks continuing during their breeding season, as it is happening in Serbia and Croatia these days, was fiercely criticised by the European Nature Heritage Fund EuroNatur.

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First achievements in the fight against bird hunting on the Balkans

By changing its hunting laws, Montenegro has taken an important step towards an EU-membership. Montenegro is the second country on the Eastern Adriatic coast after EU-member Slovenia, which stops the hunting season on January 15, thus implementing one requirement of the EU- Directive on the conservation of wild birds.

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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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