Climate protection

Climate protection through nature conservation

© Gunther Willinger
Forests have an enormous capacity for absorbing greenhouse gasses. We need to protect them. © Gunther Willinger

The world climate is changing and so, with it, is the face of the earth – there is no longer any doubt of this. With rising temperatures the ice in glaciers is melting and deserts are spreading further and further. But climate change is not the only factor changing landscapes.

 

One-sided solution finding
In many respects even human attempts to tackle the problem are becoming a danger to the diversity of habitats. So far national and international programmes have above all treated protection of the climate as a technical matter. When it is a question of reducing greenhouse gasses renewable energy, energy saving, wind farms and regulations on insulation have been given priority – the world of live animals and plants is largely disregarded.



Protecting nature protects the climate

In our countryside we have huge means of absorbing greenhouse gasses. We need to protect, plant and foster more forests and moors. But there are also ways of farming that are compatible with nature conservation which can considerably reduce the creation of greenhouse gasses.

Avoiding encroachments into nature and the release of CO2 is more important than compensating: for this reason the conservation of biotopes, such as forests, marshes, moorland and wetlands with the capacity to absorb large quantities of CO2 is of great significance for climate protection.

Whether it is the marshes and wetlands along the Narew in North East Poland, the Sava water meadows in the Balkans or the luxuriant broadleaf forests in the Albanian Alps: EuroNatur has been working ever since its foundation 25 years ago to protect these natural storehouses of carbon and is thus making a substantial contribution to climate protection.

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