In the Montenegrin national park Lake Skadar, those in charge of the controversial construction project “Porto Skadar Laker” want to create facts on the ground: Shortly before Christmas the first excavators arrived. But it is not too late to stop the project going forward. Sign the petition of the citizens’ initiative “Save Skadar Lake”!
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Renowned scientists from Austria and Germany have analysed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the hydropower project Poçem on the Vjosa river in Albania. According to the experts the EIA is a farce. It does not even meet minimum requirements and is thus not suitable to predict environmental impacts of the projected hydropower plant.
From this summer, Lesser Kestrels and other large birds are much less likely to fall victim to electrocution in the Sakar Mountains in Bulgaria. More than 200 power line poles have been rendered safe by applying insulating bird protection caps.
Romania harbours the largest old-growth forests in Europe, but they vanish at breath-taking speed.
The EU directives on nature conservation will not be relaxed or weakened. On the contrary, in future efforts will be made to ensure they are better implemented. This was confirmed by the EU commission yesterday.
In January 2017 the midwinter International Waterbird Census will take place again. In order to make this possible representatives from nine different EuroNatur partner organisations were trained in a three-day practice orientated workshop in Mekovic in the Neretva-Delta in Croatia.
Bulgaria’s conservationists are very concerned: the species-rich forests of the Pirin National Park are under threat from logging on a grand scale. With the support of “For the Nature in Bulgaria”, an alliance of a number of organisations, the WWF has started a petition to put a stop to these destructive plans. Please add your name to the petition!
The Montenegrin government plans to privatise the country’s national parks - thereby open the floodgates to overexploitation and destruction of very valuable areas such as Lake Skadar National Park. In an open letter, EuroNatur urgently calls on the prime minister of Montenegro to keep the national park administrations under public control.
One of the last and most valuable primeval forests of Europe is threatened by logging. The Boia Mica Valley is situated in the midst of the Fagaras Mountains, Southern Carpathians, and is shown to be one of the last strongholds of European wilderness.