Political Lobbying

Building a bridge between the EU and civil society

If rapid and massive political support is not soon forthcoming then in a few decades Europe's species-rich traditional landscapes will go into visible decline. The EuroNatur department for nature conservation policy in Bonn has been working intensively on improving the situation. Its tactic of choice is targeted lobbying for nature conservation concentrated on specific core themes – with a special focus on a more ecologically based form of agriculture and the orientation of European agricultural policy to sustainability.

The director of the EuroNatur department for nature conservation policy, Lutz Ribbe, has been a member of the European Economic and Social committee (EESC) since 1998. This is an advisory institution supporting the central EU institutions with its expertise. One of the most important tasks of the EESC is to build a bridge between the EU and civil society organisations in the member states.

In its political work EuroNatur is concerned not only to make theoretical demands of policy makers but also to work directly on practical solutions. Over the years the foundation has become a much appreciated source of advice to many institutions at the EU and Federal level in Germany.

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    Award for a River Conservationist with Passion

    ++ 2018 EuroNatur Award goes to Roberto Epple ++ Founding President of the European Rivers Network has devoted himself for decades to the wild rivers...

    Blue Heart in the European Parliament

    On Wednesday 27th June, there was a screening of the documentary film “Blue Heart” in the European Parliament in Brussels. In the subsequent debate...

    Four years of successful white stork conservation

    The project to preserve wet meadows and pastures has delivered great success for the white storks of Europe over the past four years. This project,...

    Over 120.000 signatures against hydropower in the Balkans

    ++ Petition against the financing of dam projects in the Balkans signed by more than 120,000 people ++ Petition handed over to the EBRD in London...

    Construction stop of hydropower plant in Valbona Valley

    There is hopeful news regarding the Albanian Valbona River: The Administrative Appeals Court in Tirana ruled to stop immediately all the construction...

    Bern Convention visits Vjosa in Albania

    Representatives of the Bern Convention visited the Vjosa in order to investigate to which extent plans for hydropower development are jeopardizing the...

    Historic Rapprochement between Macedonia and Greece

    The name dispute over Macedonia could soon be a thing of the past.

    Brave women of Kruščica win court case against dam construction

    A major court victory has been won by a group of activists protecting their community and river from the threat of new dam construction.

    Promises, promises…Yet another one broken by the Montenegrin government over Ulcinj Salina

    ++ Nature conservation organisations launch international petition ++ Demand for the immediate protection of the Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro ++...

    Forest destruction in Romania: Large-scale raid against criminal network started

    The anti-mafia prosecutor's office in Bucharest is finally taking action against the mafia structures of the Romanian timber industry. During a raid,...

    Romania: Stopp Logging National Parks

    ++ Protest action in the wilderness of Domogled National Park draws public attention to environmental drama in the Carpathians ++

    World premiere of the "Blue Heart" film

    The film "Blue Heart" celebrated its world premiere at the disused Idbar dam in Bosnia-Herzegovina and delighted the audience.

    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...

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