What we do

Nature is at the root of all human life. A variety of species and habitats is vital for a healthy environment. This is why the EuroNatur foundation is campaigning together with its partners for a Europe with free-flowing rivers, ancient forests and a rich variety of cultural landscapes. In so doing it is helping to provide enough wild spaces for wild animals and migrating birds. In the various themed pages on our website, you can find out about a diversity of projects for species conservation and changing agricultural policy to be in harmony with nature.

If you are interested in particular topics, we recommend that you have a glance at the campaign websites of EuroNatur and its partner organisations. There you will find even more detailed information on our campaigns and initiatives.

 

Preservation of the Balkan rivers: www.balkanrivers.net

Website of the international campaign "Save the Blue Heart of Europe" for the protection of the rivers in the Balkans – German and English

Many of the Balkan rivers represent the most species-rich and untouched habitats in Europe. Yet in the next few years, nearly 3000 hydroelectric power plants are to be built there. Not even the national parks will be spared. With their campaign “Save the Blue Heart of Europe", EuroNatur and Riverwatch, together with their partner organisations and inhabitants, are fighting to save this unique natural and cultural heritage.

 

Saving Romania`s paradise forests: www.saveparadiseforests.eu

Website of the international campaign "Save Paradise Forests" for the preservation of the primeval forests in the Romanian Carpathians – German and English

It is not only in Brazil or Indonesia that they are to be found, but also in the heart of Europe: untouched, species-rich virgin forests. It is above all in Romania that large areas of this primeval forest have survived. EuroNatur and the Romanian organisation Agent Green are fighting against its rapid destruction.

 

The protection of the Ulcinj Salina: www.savesalina.net

Website of the international campaign "Save Salina" for the protection of the Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro as one of the most extensive remaining wetlands in the Eastern Adriatic – English and German

The Ulcinj Salina is wetland of almost 15 square kilometres which serves as a resting and breeding area for thousands of birds. Since 1935, salt had been extracted from Ulcinj Salina in an eco-friendly way, but in 2013 salt production was halted, and since then the area has been losing its attractiveness for a number of species of bird dependent on this type of habitat. There have been several attempts by the current owner of the Ulcinj Salina to sell the salt pans and develop a tourist resort on the site. EuroNatur and its partners are campaigning for the resumption of salt production and the protection of the Salina.

 

Preservation of the Green Belt in Europe: www.europeangreenbelt.org

Website of the organisation „European Green Belt Association“, which is responsible for the European Green Belt initiative and its coordination between the 24 bordering states - English

The Green Belt stretches over 12.500 kilometres, and is a corridor of habitats of exceptional species diversity along the line of the former Iron Curtain, running from the very north of Europe down to the Black Sea in the south. This fascinating project to convert the former border strip into a Green Belt is now gradually becoming reality.



Network of European Stork Villages: www.storkvillages.net

Website of the European Stork Villagess which serves as an information platform for friends of the stork and facilitates communication between the stork villages - English

With the European Stork Villages initiative, EuroNatur is aiming to counter the increasing loss of stork habitats in Europe. Since 1994, the foundation has progressively been nominating one European Stork Village for each country. Communes are eligible if they have stork colonies and are actively engaged in their conservation.

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Even one dam can destroy the river

A recently published study summarises the value of the Vjosa River system as one of the few remaining reference sites for dynamic floodplains in...

Activists demand European political support for a Vjosa National Park in Albania

++ The new slogan, Vjosa National Park Now, is a plea to protect Europe’s last big wild river ++

Nature ignored in European recovery funding, say campaign groups

EU Recovery Fundings in the wake of the Corona crisis read largely without consideration of nature and climate protection goals

Albania Faced with a Choice: National Park or Destruction of the Vjosa River

The future of Europe’s largest unspoilt river hangs in the balance

Mother bear murdered in Montenegro

Poachers in Montenegro have shot dead the mother of two young brown bear cubs - a particularly dramatic case of wildlife crime, which has seen a...

Vjosa: Environmental groups submit proposal for Europe’s first Wild River National Park

++ Because of the Albanian government's inaction, nature conservation organisations are now taking action ++ Vjosa National Park could become a...

Valuable marshes in Poland endangered by mining project

The Australian company Balamara has plans to mine for coal in the Polish region of Lubelskie. This is not only harmful to the climate, but also...

Change in government in Montenegro brings new hope for Ulcinj Salina

++ Montenegro’s new government is intending to afford effective protection to Salina Ulcinj ++ On 2nd February it is World Wetlands Day ++ Ramsar...

No green light for small hydropower in EU Finance Taxonomy

Hydropower is not a sustainable investment. EU Commission should listen to science.

Vjosa: Political game with the future of Europe´s last wild river

++ 94 % of Albanians in favour of establishing Vjosa National Park ++ IUCN confirms the potential of Vjosa River for becoming a National Park ++...

A voyage of discovery in Europe's nature

Start of “Europe’s Natural Treasures 2021” international photography competition

Small hydropower plants in the Balkans soon a thing of the past?

The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) announced Nov. 26 that starting in 2021, the government would no longer provide subsidies that support...

Protection of some primary forests announced – shortly before national elections

After years of bureaucratic burdens some iconic primary forest – such as Boia Mica valley in Fagaras Mountains – are finally protected. However,...

Wolf population in West Poland still not secure despite growth in numbers

A long-term study on the spread of wolves into West Poland, which has just been published, makes clear that, despite the continuing growth in numbers...

Digger for Ulcinj Salina ended up in the scrap metal

In 2004 EuroNatur provided a grant for a digger to carry out conservation work at Ulcinj Salina, particularly for the maintenance of dams and dykes....