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Albania: European Parliament demands national park for Vjosa and stop to hydropower projects

In the current Enlargement Report of the European Parliament, the Parliament explicitly criticizes the Albanian government in regards to its hydropower policies. In the centre of their criticism are the hydropower projects on the Vjosa – Europe’s last big wild river. [more]



14 February 2017: A historic day for transboundary Prespa

The environmental NGOs urge the three littoral countries and the European Union to quickly move ahead with the operation of the transboundary Prespa Park [more]



New hope for Romania’s old-growth forests

Early this week Romanian Minister of Waters and Forests, Adriana Petcu, received a weighty petition from EuroNatur partner organisation Agent Green: thousands of Romanians call on the government to grant compensation payments to private and municipal owners for not cutting down their old-growth forests. [more]



More work to be done

In December 2016, the EU Commission decided to improve the implementation of its nature conservation Directives. Following this at the end of January, the main features of a proposed action plan were presented. Last Friday, working together with its partners in the European Habitats Forum (EHF), EuroNatur drew up a list of demands for improvements to the action plan and sent it to the Directorate General for the Environment in Brussels. [more]



Dash to the Finish Line in Our Photo Competition

The heat is on: EuroNatur is calling on all nature photographers to submit their top five pictures of Europe's fascinating natural world by 31st March 2017. [more]



“White Book Sava” presented

On the occasion of this year’s World Wetland Day on February 2, the environmental organisations Riverwatch and EuroNatur today present the “”White Book Sava” – a comprehensive work about one of the ecologically most valuable but least known rivers of Europe. [more]



Hunting ban because of snow and frost

Freeze and heavy snowfall claimed a high number of victims among water birds on the Balkans. On top of that, hunting is putting huge pressure on the birds. Now Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Greece responded to this situation by temporarily suspending hunting. [more]



New Hope for Balkan Rivers

Funding for the two large hydropower projects in Mavrovo National Park, Macedonia, has been axed. After the World Bank withdrew from financing the hydropower plant ‘Lukovo Pole’ already in December 2015, now also the EBRD declared to pull out of the project ‘Boskov Most’. [more]



No to construction projects in the national park!

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”! [more]



Merry christmas!

We wish all our friends, partners and supporters a happy and peaceful Christmas time and a wonderful new year.