EuroNatur projects in the Balkan Green Belt

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Kerstin Sauer

In its northern and central sections the European Green Belt follows the line of the former East-West divide but here on the Balkan peninsula it also follows borders between Albania and one-time Yugoslavia. As an expert for nature conservation in south-east Europe EuroNatur has taken over responsibility for the Balkan Green Belt.

We are campaigning along the course of the one-time Iron Curtain for the preservation of species-rich landscapes of lake, river, wetland, mountain and traditional, cultivated country. It is EuroNatur's vision to see one nature reserve linked to the next along the Balkan Green Belt forming a net of corridors for wildlife across the whole of the Balkan peninsula.

Untouched riverscapes at the meeting point of five countries

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Martin Schneider-Jacoby

Danube, Drava and Mura

For decades the bluff, or cliff-like bank, of the River Drava on the Hungarian side marked the prohibited border area. Protected from human interference a unique riverscape could develop undisturbed. More ...

 


Bird paradises on the Eastern Adriatic

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Dieter Haase

Lake Skadar and the Bojana-Buna Delta

Lying protected between the Dinaric Alps and the Adriatic in the south-west section of the Green Belt there is an extraordinary sequence of natural landscapes. More...


Ancient lakes and undiscovered mountain ranges

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Roland Knauer

The Prespa-Ohrid region

In the triangle between Albania, Greece and Macedonia in the far South of the Balkan Green Belt there is one of the most intriguing and varied landscapes of Europe. More...

 


Unique wetlands in Bulgaria

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Balkani Wildlife Society

Dragoman Marsh

Near the border with Serbia and only 40 kilometres north-west of the capital, Sofia, there is a landscape rich in variety. It is one of the great ecological treasures of the Balkan Green Belt.
More...


Bulgaria's Lord of the Stormy Skies

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Wolf Steiger

The Imperial Eagle in the Sakar hills

In the deep South of Bulgaria, directly on the border to Turkey a traditionally cultivated varied landscape of grasslands, meadows, fallow land and fields creates an unparalleled natural paradise for birds of prey: the Sakar hills.
More ...


A mosaic of green shades in the Western Rhodopes

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Boris Mittermeier

Smolyan

The border between Bulgaria and Greece is remote enough for wolf and Balkan chamois to be at home... but here you will also find a fascinating patchwork of different types of grassland and ecologically precious woodlands. More ...


From Balkan Lynx to Eastern Spadefoot Toad

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© EuroNatur

The Shebenik-Jablanica Mountains

With the Brown Bear, Balkan Chamois, Common Spadefoot Toad, Blue-throated Keeled Lizard and the Albanian Lily the Jablanica-Shebenik Mountains on the Balkan Green Belt in the borderlands between Albania and Macedonia are home to a fantastic diversity of species.
More...



Eagles,Wolves and ancient beechwood forests

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Gabriel Schwaderer

Albania's Wild North

Deep gorges and fairy-tale valleys lie hidden between the imposing ridges and peaks of Albania's Alps in the North of the country.
More...

 


The Wilds of Europe

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Wolf Steiger

Lynx, bear and wolf in the Balkan Green Belt

At present the last known, intact habitats for the Balkan Lynx can be found in the species-rich forests of Macedonia but conceivably not only there. Presumably such habitats follow the course of the Balkan Green Belt.
More...


Unhampered migration

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Massimo Bottoni

Habitats for migratory birds in the Balkan Green Belt

Rare and threatened bird species can still find resting places and habitats here. Acting with local partners EuroNatur is working to preserve these valuable bird habitats in the Balkan Green Belt.
More...

 

How you can 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.

Newsletter

Twice a month the latest information about Europe's nature - free of charge and at first hand.

News

Ulcinj Salina remains state property

For years, the issue of the ownership of the Ulcinj Salina remained unresolved. Today, the Privatisation Council in Montenegro unanimously decided to...

Shar Mountain finally declared a National Park!

EuroNatur and its partner organisations MES and Friends of Shara greet the passing of the Law on the Proclamation of Shar Mountain as National Park....

Two years since Ulcinj Salina was declared a Nature Park

Happy anniversary to Ulcinj Salina! Ulcinj Salina is home to more than 250 species of birds and is a perfect place for feeding, resting and nesting....

Danger for Greek wetland

++ International environmental Alliance issues Red Alert ++ Experts urge Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis to prevent destruction of Erimitis wetlands...

Stop species extinction! EuroNatur Award for World Biodiversity Council Researchers

++ EuroNatur Award 2021 goes to scientists from IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) ++ Body...

Goldman Environmental Prize for the “Brave Women of Kruščica”

++ River defenders from Bosnia and Herzegovina win the Goldman Environmental Prize ++ For the second time in the past three years an activist has has...

Science week at the Vjosa tributaries

++ 35 scientists from Austria, Albania, Italy and Germany assess the two major Vjosa tributaries for a week ++ Data will be used to fight planned...

Plans for Kalivaç dam finally shelved

Great news for the Albanian Vjosa: The Kalivaç dam, which for many years hovered like a sword of Damocles over Europe's last great wild river, will...

Missed opportunities for biodiversity conservation

In the context of the EU’s recovery programmes, EuroNatur and Bankwatch, together with national partners, have published a report on the biodiversity...

EuroNatur Opens Subsidiary in Brussels

With a new subsidiary in Brussels, EuroNatur repositions itself after closing its office for nature conservation policy in Rheinbach near Bonn.

Cinereous vulture shot dead in Hungary

A cinereous vulture shot down in Hungary was part of the Bulgarian reintroduction programme supported by EuroNatur. This is a painful blow for the...

EU funds for the destruction of nature?

For years, EuroNatur and its partner organisations have been fighting against the controversial Mokrice hydropower plant on the Sava River. The...

Bird paradise in Albania threatened by construction of an airport

++ An airport is to be built in the Narta Lagoon on the Adriatic ++ A stopover site of major international importance for migratory water birds ++ 8th...

Pressure continues for a Vjosa National Park as new government forms in Albania

The election may be over, but the fight for the Vjosa is not.

Webinar on legal instruments for river protection

In order to accelerate the development of hydropower in Europe, mandatory legal procedures and environmental impact assessment requirements are often...