Habitat connectivity systems

Protecting species diversity

© Joachim Flachs
Above all animals with a need to roam widely such as the lynx suffer from the way habitats are cut up. © Joachim Flachs

There are now only a few regions of Europe in which one can find habitats that are not fragmented and where there is little traffic. The fragmentation and isolation of habitats is a serious problem for the maintenance of biodiversity. With the constant increase in traffic networks large animals and their prey are not only hindered in their distribution but are also increasingly the victims of traffic accidents. The populations are cut off from one another and reduced to such small groups that they are no longer capable of survival in the long term.


Trans-European Wildlife Networks
This is why EuroNatur has campaigned for years for the maintenance and increased establishment of an unbroken network of protected areas and wildlife corridors in Europe in order to ensure the sustainable survival of animals and plant species and their habitats. The most effective approach is assuredly to plan traffic routes from the start so that they leave valuable wildlife habitats intact. EuroNatur works with local partners to establish a functioning dialogue with traffic planners, regional administrations and ministries in order to press for the most nature-friendly solutions when motorways and trunk routes are planned.

More information on the EuroNatur project “Trans-European Wildlife Networks (TEWN)”

 

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The unique natural landscape of the Albanian Alps in the Balkan Green Belt provides many rare plants and animals with a precious habitat. © Gabriel Schwaderer

The Balkan Green Belt
At the time of the Cold War a ribbon of unique habitats developed and remained intact in the shadow of the “Iron Curtain” stretching from Barents Sea in the Arctic to the Black Sea. As part of the European Green Belt project a number of European environmental and nature conservation associations are working to preserve this ecological spine of European nature conservation for all time.

EuroNatur has taken over the responsibility for the southern part of the Green Belt in a sub-project entitled “The Balkan Green Belt”. It is an important step here to win over the decision makers of the various countries to a commitment to place the ecologically precious areas along the Green Belt under protection and achieve the designation of cross-border areas as nature reserves. To make sure that these are nature reserves are not merely concepts on paper EuroNatur works to develop economic perspectives in harmony with nature for the people who live in these areas.

More information on the Balkan Green Belt project

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