People at work for Europe's natural heritage

What would Europe's natural heritage be without the people who work to preserve it? We let them have their say.
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A bird that brings people together

Storks wherever you look. The stork village of Pentowo in Poland is an Eldorado for stork fans. The 20th meeting of the European Stork Villages took place there in May 2023: a unique experience for everyone involved.

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Trees for bears

By planting fruit trees, our Spanish partners from Fapas want to show how humans and bears can coexist peacefully. The campaign is intended to create new food sources for the bears and at the same time enable Fapas to establish a connection with the people in the villages.

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“If we work together, we can change the world”

“The Save the Rivers Coalition speaks together with one voice for rivers so that they can reach a larger audience. In presenting them with the EuroNatur award, we want to give them a still louder voice,” says Dr Anna-Katharina Wöbse, Vice-president of EuroNatur at the beginning of the ceremony.

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Swimming for monk seals

The internationally successful open water swimmer Dina Levačić often trains in the Adriatic Sea. On 14 June, however, under special circumstances: to protect the monk seal.

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Green-blue worlds of wonder

The Komarnica in the north of Montenegro belongs to the Blue Heart of Europe. A dam threatens to destroy this piece of wilderness. Two young women, who have meanwhile mobilised a larger network, stand up to the hydropower lobby and fight for their river.

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“This experience has changed my life”

“The mentors unfolded a world of new opportunities and knowledge to me. Soon, I found myself opening up and sharing my thoughts without any hesitation or fear of judgement,” says Ledi Selgjekaj from Albania. The young conservationist embarked on the mentoring adventure along with nineteen other people from a total of ten countries in the Mediterranean region.

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We're staying here! Conservation pioneers in the Balkans

“For me, the ultimate beacon of hope is meeting people who want to make a difference, who don't give up even though working to build a liveable future can be hard and frustrating. These allies do exist, you just have to find them", says Sandra Wigger, Project Manager for cultural landscape protection at EuroNatur. We present two of these people.

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Oder-Expansion: We say "Stop!"

While our geographical focus of river protection work is the Balkans, where the Blue Heart of Europe beats, we are also working to protect the Oder. The German-Polish border river made the headlines mainly because of the fish die-off in the summer of 2022. But the death of the Oder as a near-natural river could come sneakingly...

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Experience nature with all your senses!

EuroNatur and Crossbill Guides launch travel guide collaboration. In an interview, Dirk Hilbers reveals what inspires him and explains what ecotourism has to do with nature conservation.

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“My mummy protects the trees”

Raluca Nicolae from Agent Green is someone prepared to take on seemingly overpowering opponents. This 36-year-old mother of two gave up a steady job in business to dedicate herself full-time to protecting the ancient forests of Romania. Her goal is to mobilise society to oppose the felling of the forests in the Carpathian Mountains. Her work is supported by EuroNatur.

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