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Ray of hope for Balkan Lynx

The Balkan Lynx has to be strictly protected as a distinct subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx. This decision has been adopted unanimously at the meeting of the Berne Convention’s Standing Committee on December 5th.

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Albanian industrial confederation demands halt of dam plans at Vjosa River

In Albanian society, the opposition against the projected building development of the Vjosa River is receiving further support. In an open letter to the country´s Minister of Energy and Industry, Damian Gjiknuri, the Confederation of Albanian industries is calling for a moratorium on the construction of hydroelectric power stations at the Vjosa River and its tributaries.

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Hydropower Tsunami on Balkans

New hydropower report: Dam tsunami on Balkans is speeding up ++ 2.800 hydropower projects planned, 187 under construction ++ more than 1.000 of them inside protected areas

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#GivingTuesday: Join in and save the ancient forests!

The countdown has started: On the 28th of November is #GivingTuesday. On this day the initiative of this name will call on people all over the world to stand up against the pre-Christmas consumer frenzy and to involve themselves in social projects. EuroNatur will be joining in too.

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White Storks go online

The network of European Stork villages now has its own website. Visitors to the site www.storkvillages.net can find out about this charismatic bird, the threats to its habitat, wet meadows, and about the network set up by EuroNatur to protect it.

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Network for the conservation of the threatened Karst Poljes

There was lively participation in the concluding international workshop for the preservation of the Karst Poljes in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fifty two conservationists from seven countries met between the 16th and 18th October in Tomislavgrad in Bosnia to develop effective strategies for the conservation of these extensive plains with their rich species diversity.

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New blood for lynxes on the Balkans

Three lynxes caught by camera trap in Albania and Macedonia

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German Environmental Prize awarded to Hubert Weiger

He is one of the trailblazers of the European Green Belt. Yesterday, Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger received the German Environmental Prize in Braunschweig. Prof. Weiger is chairman of BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) and chairman of BUND Nature Conservation in Bavaria, as well as a member of the EuroNatur board. He received the award alongside Inge Sielmann and Dr. Kai Frobel for his outstanding merits in preserving the Green Belt.

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Hydropower plant in Romania: Successful court case, but construction continues

Positive court ruling, yet no reason to celebrate: Construction works for the hydropower plant at the Jiu River will continue. The Romanian environmental protection agency had filed a complaint against the environmentally destructive project following pressure by committed nature conservationists. In turn, the state-owned project operator Hidroelectrica filed a lawsuit. The Romanian court of appeals now rejected the lawsuit – however, construction works won’t be stopped.

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Hands off Vjosa!

“Mos ma prek Vjosën (Hands off Vjosa!)” was the slogan at an atmospheric open air concert held in Tirana, where musicians let everyone hear about the need to protect this Albanian wild river.

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Hope for Ulcinj Salina

Will the years of campaigning by EuroNatur and its partners for the placing under protection of Ulcinj Salina finally be rewarded? During the...

International appeal to support the brave women of Kruščica

Women wanted: A global appeal to women to travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina on 28 April to occupy for an evening a bridge as part of the Blue Heart...

New Study: Hydropower development puts Europe’s fish paradise at risk

The Balkan rivers host 113 rare and protected fish species. If the hydropower development is carried out as planned, about 10 percent of all European...

European Court of Justice ruling on Bialowieza: EU must also take action in Romania

Bialowieza: EuroNatur and Agent Green welcome ruling of European Court of Justice and call for forest aid in Romania

Bird conservationists fight for a safe Adriatic Flyway

++ Bird migration in full swing ++ Numerous birds fall victim to poachers in the Balkans ++ Third Adriatic Flyway Conference meets in Serbia ++

Countdown is on for photo competition

Hurry up now! Just ten more days left before the deadline of the photo competition “Europe’s Natural Treasures” which is celebrating its 25th...

International banks fuelling a hydropower tsunami that’s decimating pristine Balkan rivers – study

Multilateral development banks have supported no fewer than 82 hydropower projects across southeast Europe, including in protected areas, according to...

By Bike across the European Union

Two enthusiastic cyclists, five months, 11,000 kilometres: Paul Baumgärtner und Noah Kramer are experiencing the European Union in the most literal...

Timber companies dissociate from sourcing wood from Romanian national parks and primeval forests

EuroNatur and Agent Green investigate traceability of wood ++ International timber companies call on Romanian government to clarify legal situation ++...

Reunited with Maya

On 18 March last year, a female Balkan lynx called Maya was fitted with a tracking device. Over the past year, this has been providing scientists from...

Albania plans to build airport in protected area

New international airport to be constructed in Narta Lagoon ++ Albanian parliament approved the project yesterday ++ EuroNatur and its partners call...

Salt is Life: Abandonment of Ulcinj Salina harms avifauna

++ EuroNatur calls for immediate protection of the saline in Ulcinj, Montenegro ++ Resuming salt production would open perspectives for both birds and...

Numerous birds of prey and corvids poisoned in Serbia

Recently, a rare imperial eagle was found poisoned in Northern Serbia – the eagle had fallen victim to a meat bait. While searching for the animal,...

Construction works on the Jiu hydroelectric power plant still going on

It is scandalous: The romanian appeals court declared the building permission of the Jiu hydroelectric plant several times, lately in December....

Hydroelectric power station on the River Jiu halted for the time being

Encouraging news for the Romanian River Jiu: the building permit has been declared null and void by the courts. As a result the Jiu may continue to...

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