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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News

“Brave women of Kruščica” receive EuroNatur Award 2019

++ EuroNatur Award goes to dedicated river conservationists from Bosnia-Herzegovina ++ Dam boom threatens the last wild rivers of our continent ++

Another victory for free-flowing rivers inside Mavrovo National Park

++ Construction permits for two hydropower plants annulled after supervision by construction inspectorate ++

New figures: More wolf packs in Western Poland

++ Results of wolf monitoring show at least 95 settled packs ++ Sudetes are also wolf territory again ++

Romania: New inventory reveals huge and threatened natural forest treasure

EuroNatur and Agent Green: Europe must halt forest destruction in Romania

New report: hydropower subsidies wreak environmental havoc and line influential pockets in the Western Balkans

Disproportionate public subsidies for small hydropower in the Western Balkans have resulted in widespread environmental damage and have benefited...

Bridge blocked - river saved - honoured with EuroNatur Award

++ EuroNatur Award 2019 goes to the “brave women of Kruščica" ++ Bridge occupied for over 500 days to block construction of hydropower plants ++ Award...

Ulcinj Salina is now a Ramsar site

We were delighted that, after years of delay, Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro was declared a natural park at the end of June. Now the saltpans on the...

EU-Commission urged to protect Europe's last natural forests from illegal logging

Environmental organisations EuroNatur, Agent Green and ClientEarth have advanced their fight against illegal logging of old-growth and primeval...

Remembering, reviewing and looking ahead: 30 years breakdown of the Iron Curtain

Impulse for a big project: European Green Belt should become UNESCO-world heritage

Power lines: Fatal for migratory birds

++ Autumn migration has begun ++ Overhead powerlines cause the death of millions of migratory birds worldwide ++ International campaign to protect...

“Brave Women of Kruščica” honoured for river protection

++ River conservationists from Bosnia-Herzegovina receive EuroNatur Award 2019 ++ Energy companies want to exploit the last wild rivers of Europe, but...

Spectacular climbing action shines spotlight on need to protect primary forests in the Romanian Carpathians

Protest against destruction of UNESCO World Heritage Site by road construction and logging in Romania

Photo Safari through Europe’s Nature

Fights over territories among spotted nutcrackers, a thieving magpie and a proud seahorse dad belong to the winning photographs of this year’s...

Wave of protest against Balkan dam building frenzy

++ First ever international action weeks for Balkan rivers ++ People took to the streets in many countries of the Balkan region ++ They protested...

Romania rebuked for insufficiently protecting the World Heritage ‘Beech Forests’

++ World Heritage Committee criticises management of primeval beech forests in Romania ++ Committee’s appraisal applies to the World Heritage property...

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