EuroNatur projects in the Balkan Green Belt

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© 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

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© 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

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© 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

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© 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

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© 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

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© 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

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© 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

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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

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© 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

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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

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© 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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