Protecting fenlands in Europe

Enchanted and endangered

© Günter Bachmeier
Moor frog © Günter Bachmeier

In Germany almost 99 % of all fenland has been drained, mined for peat or forested.  Of the  6000.000 square kilometres of fenland originally a part of Europe less than 290.000 square kilometres remain undrained.  This represents a peat loss of the size of Poland in Europe alone.


Action is urgently needed

The enormous value of mires and related ecosystems as a carbon sink and a precious habitat for  many specialised species is universally acknowledged by scientists and word has begun to reach political circles. It is a matter of global responsibility to place marshes and peatlands under protection. Unfortunately this insight has as yet not often led governments to taking the urgently needed measures – in Europe or globally.

There is a yawning gap between speech-making and action on the part of politicians. And before we in Europe make any demands for action from developing and threshold countries we have to do our own homework. 


© Gunther Willinger
Round-leaved sundew © Gunther Willinger

EuroNatur projects for the protection of fenlands in Europe

EuroNatur is virtually unique in concentrating its project activities on cross-border nature conservation. As an internationally active nature conservation foundation we have made it our task to preserve Europe's natural heritage in its diversity. Protecting fenlands forms an important part of our project work.

Do you want to help?

Donation

Future needs nature. EuroNatur cares for it. Please use your possibilities to help. With your donation you will make an effective contribution to a more livable environment.

News

On a voyage of discovery in Europe's nature

International photo competition “Europe’s Natural Treasures 2019” is starting

Poisoning threatens Vulture Populations in the Balkans

In the last twenty years at least 465 vultures in the Balkans have fallen victim to poisoning. This is the alarming conclusion of a study which has...

Hydropower projects on the Vjosa: Bern Convention opens case-file against Albania

++ Hydropower plant projects Poçem and Kalivaç to be suspended immediately. ++ Standing Committee to the Bern Convention recognizes imminent danger to...

Eco-Masterplan shows value of Balkan Rivers

++ 80,000 kilometers of rivers in the Balkans scientifically assessed ++ 76 percent thereof identified as no-go zones for hydropower development ++...

#GivingTuesday: Join in and help to protect our river treasures!

The countdown is on: November 27th is #GivingTuesday. This is the day when the initiative of the same name calls upon people all around the world to...

Griffon Vulture shot down in Salina Ulcinj

A Croatian griffon vulture found its last resting place in Salina Ulcinj. It is assumed that poachers shot this rare bird of prey – unfortunately not...

The European Green Belt in Thuringia is a national National Nature Monument

The unique wildlife corridor which runs along the former German-German border is getting comprehensive and lasting protection.

Activists urge EU Commission to save Romania’s Virgin Forests

EuroNatur and Agent Green: EU’s biggest nature crisis in Romania requires immediate action

Serbia to join agreement on the protection of migratory birds

EuroNatur and its Serbian partner organisation the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia have long been working towards it, and now the first...

Launch for transnational programme to protect the Sava River

The SavaParks Network, which has been initiated by EuroNatur, received an EU funding grant for a new Sava conservation project. The launch event took...

Petition to save Europe's last virgin forests

The fourth episode of the investigative documentary series "Out of Control" shows dramatic destruction in the Romanian Calimani National Park. To...

Preserving the European Green Belt as Green Infrastructure

More than 100 representatives of 24 European countries gather from 15 to 19 October at the World Heritage Site Wartburg for the 10th Pan-European...

Three nations meet on a peak

In the context of the European Green Belt Days 2018, more than 50 people went hiking in the mountains. Their destination was the Three Countries Peak...

Swiss river conservationist receives EuroNatur Award 2018

++ EuroNatur Award 2018 goes to Roberto Epple ++ Europe-wide launch of online campaign #ProtectWater on the 9th of October ++

25 years of photo competition „Europe`s Natural Treasures“

++ EuroNatur presents highlights of the photo competition „Europe's Natural Treasures“ in a large size calendar ++ photo exhibition in National Park...

By using our services, you agree that we use cookies. Data protection