Impressions from the Green Belt

Sakar hill land is not only a paradise for birds of prey, it also appeals through its rich cultural landscape and unique biodiversity. EuroNatur's partner Green Balkans now reveals the cultural and ecological highlights of this region in an exhibition.

© Gernot Pohl

About twenty years ago, this region along the Turkish border still belonged to the heavily guarded Iron Curtain, the bulkhead between the member countries of the Warsaw Pact on one side and the NATO states on the other side. For nature however, this border location was a blessing in disguise: while in the rest of the country, more and more grassland was converted into farmland for intensive agriculture, the Sakar hill land was spared from this process, hence providing habitat for rare plants and species such as the imperial eagle, which have disappeared elsewhere.  

Today, the Sakar hill land forms part of the Europe-wide nature conservation initiative "Green Belt Europe". The overall aim of this ambitious, large-scale project is to preserve the nature treasures and biodiversity along the former Iron Curtain. Since many years, EuroNatur, coordinator of the subproject "Green Belt Balkans", supports the Bulgarian nature conservation organization Green Balkans to preserve the unique habitat of the imperial eagle and other birds of prey. The exhibition in the visitor center of Matochina, which was acquired with the financial support of EuroNatur, will also show how much we have already achieved in our efforts to protect this region. 

Read more about the Green Balkans Exhibition


How you can help


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.

Sustaining membership

EuroNatur focuses on long-term nature conservation projects instead of quick fixes. With your regular donations, you give us the planning security we need.


Skavica mega dam: Albanian court to scrutinise special law for U.S. contractor Bechtel

++ Constitutional complaint filed by NGOs accepted for trial ++ First milestone in fight against one of Europe’s largest reservoirs ++ Thousands of…

Growing opposition to Albanian airport

++ Bern Convention calls on Albania to stop airport construction near Narta Lagoon ++ Project in Vjosa Delta endangers thousands of migratory birds ++…

EU Commission targets the wolf

Ursula von der Leyen warns of allegedly "dangerous wolves" - nature conservation organisations criticise misleading statements and dubious data…

Romanian forests: EuroNatur calls for a logging moratorium

+++ Open letter to Commissioner Sinkevičius calls for a logging moratorium in protected areas to end destruction of Romanian forests +++ Fourth…

Controversial airport construction in Albanian protected area casts shadow as far as Munich

++ Operating company Munich Airport International (MAI) is linked to illegal Vlora airport ++ Construction to take place in protected area of special…

Swimming for the monk seal

The Croatian free water swimmer Dina Levačić has been swimming in potential monk seal territories. Her campaign is aimed at drawing attention to the…

Wolf Offspring confirmed in the Black Forest

++ Photo trap image from the community of Schluchsee provides evidence of offspring ++ First wolf pack in over 150 years in Baden-Württemberg ++

Stork Village meeting in Tykocin, Poland

It was an anniversary celebrated in style: For the 20th annual meeting, representatives of the European Stork Villages met for the first time in the…

A slight sigh of relief for the Dalmatian pelicans

The Dalmatian pelicans at Lake Skadar are breeding successfully. This is all the more gratifying because last year's breeding season was disastrous.

Learning to live with bears

Preventing conflicts between people and wild animals

Urgent Call for Action to Protect Romania's Forests and Natura 2000 Sites

A recent report by EuroNatur and Agent Green provides new evidence on logging in Romania's protected areas. Nature conservation organisations call for…

Airport construction threatens Albanian bird paradise

++ Construction work for airport in Narta Lagoon continues unabated despite significant protests ++ Resting area is internationally important for…

Disappointing results of last trilogue on Renewable Energy Directive

++ Woody biomass and hydropower can continue to count towards renewable energy targets ++ No will for sustainable climate policy in the EU in sight ++

Major success: River Vjosa becomes National Park

++ Today the Vjosa River in Albania has been proclaimed Europe’s first Wild River National Park ++ EuroNatur, Riverwatch and many other partners have…

More Ski Resorts Planned Around Syvdovets

In 2016, the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration announced its plans to build a ski resort of the same name in the Svydovets mountain…