Species protection

Conservation of Brown Bear, Lynx and Co.

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EuroNatur works for the protection of the Brown Bear at the political level too. © Dietmar Nill

Ever since its foundation EuroNatur has stood for successful species protection. Alongside work in our many projects on site we also champion the protection of endangered animal and plant species at the political level. To do this we have to stay in constant contact with decision makers in national and international politics and play a role in the political processes using the knowledge we have built up and our experience with the goal of influencing laws and measures for the benefit of nature conservation.

Lobbying for species protection
Since 1998 Lutz Ribbe, Director of the EuroNatur department for nature conservation policy, has been a member of the European Economic and Social committee (EESC) and in this function he speaks up for the concerns of nature conservation at EU level. And as a member of important committees such as the European Habitats Forum (EHF) EuroNatur pursues additional intensive lobbying for nature conservation.

With these strategies we have again and again been able to strengthen the perceived importance of nature conservation in European politics. One example is the case of the EU directive on hygiene, following the BSE scare, in which we were able to achieve significant improvements to benefit endangered carrion eaters.

Link to the sub-page “Food for carrion eaters”


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Bird hunters lure passing migratory birds with dummies at Velika Plaza in Montenegro. © EuroNatur

Strengthening the protection of migrating birds
For the protection of migrating birds we have also been able to achieve a good deal by working at the political level with untiring lobbying action. In the campaign called “The Adriatic - Scene of the Crime”, working in cooperation with its partner organisations in the countries on the Eastern Adriatic Coast EuroNatur put pressure on politicians. Our foremost goal was to anchor bird protection more firmly in law. And first successes were achieved in Montenegro and Croatia: both countries have now revised their hunting laws in favour of improved bird protection.

Read more on the work EuroNatur does for the protection of migrating birds

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