EuroNatur projects in the Balkan Green Belt

© Kerstin Sauer
© 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

© Martin Schneider-Jacoby
© 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

© Dieter Haase
© 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

© Roland Knauer
© 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

© Balkani Wildlife Society
© 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.
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Bulgaria's Lord of the Stormy Skies

© Wolf Steiger
© 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.
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A mosaic of green shades in the Western Rhodopes

© Boris Mittermeier
© 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

© EuroNatur
© 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.
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Eagles,Wolves and ancient beechwood forests

© Gabriel Schwaderer
© 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.
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The Wilds of Europe

© Wolf Steiger
© 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.
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Unhampered migration

© Massimo Bottoni
© 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.
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“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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