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Adapting Sustainable Forest Management to Climate Change

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Adapting Sustainable Forest Management to Climate Change

Forests have always been a focus in nature conservation. Over the history of nature conservation, an extensive network of protected forests have been created. This protects forests and provides an opportunity to study forest dynamics. Some of these forests are part of the European Wilderness Network, if they are free from human interventions such as logging. In particular, strictly protected forests (such as Kalkalpen WILDForest) are important to climate change research. Knowledge gained from such research provides a base for best practices...

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Global Forest Change charted

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Global Forest Change charted

Everywhere on our planet, forests are facing the same problem: climate change and human impact. We like to use wood and other plant material for many things in our daily lives. This is putting a huge pressure on the trees. Logging of trees occurs is different ways, from destructive clear cuts, to more ‘environmentally friendly’ sanitary logging. There are many areas that have the potential to become a true Wilderness. Yet, the logging of trees is often one of the main challenges for national parks and protected areas to resolve. The European...

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Fulufjället Wilderness – New Publication!

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Fulufjället Wilderness – New Publication!

Today we are publishing a new and updated Wilderness Brief about Fulufjället Wilderness. This 19 000 ha of platinum quality Wilderness is located in Sweden, in the southern part of the Scandes on the border with Norway. Please also read: Borjormi-Kharagauli Wilderness – New Publication! Fulufjället Wilderness is home to one of the world’s oldest trees, known as ‘Old Tjikko’. This is a 9 560 year old Norwegian spruce, which has reached such a great age by regenerating a new trunk and branches through the roots. You can read more in the...

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Borjomi-Kharagauli Wilderness – New Publication!

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Borjomi-Kharagauli Wilderness – New Publication!

Today we are publishing a new and updated Wilderness Brief, for Borjomi-Kharagauli Wilderness. Borjomi-Kharagauli Wilderness, Georgia, is a platinum quality Wilderness, which is the highest quality of European Wilderness. This is because it has pristine mountainous forests, and is home to many rare and important flora and fauna. It has been a member of the European Wilderness Network since 2012, however this new report reflects the latest information of Borjomi-Kharagauli Wilderness and European Wilderness Society. You can download the report...

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Weekly doses of Wilderness – coming soon!

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Weekly doses of Wilderness – coming soon!

Over the last few weeks, we have been busy in the office creating new and updated Wilderness Briefs for all the Wilderness in the European Wilderness Network. Now, they are all ready to be published! These Wilderness Briefs are short documents for anyone who is interested in reading about European Wilderness. They include information on the Wilderness, biodiversity and also tourism experiences in the area. As well as this, they include many pictures that represent the beauty, solitude and naturalness of the Wilderness. Look out, because we we...

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Wilderness Volunteers

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Wilderness Volunteers

Wilderness is a subject of growing interest amongst society. Consequently, more and more people have an interest to learn about and contribute towards the protection Wilderness. Many of them select Wilderness as a subject of study, for example the European Wilderness Society has an agreement with Eberswalde University to take on interns from their Wilderness-focused courses. Many others look to volunteer. For example our last volunteer vacancy had over 200 applicants! Please also read:  European Volunteers Get Wild in Biosphere Reserve Lungau...

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IUCN and European Wilderness Quality and Audit System – commonalities and differences

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IUCN and European Wilderness Quality and Audit System – commonalities and differences

The European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System  as well as the IUCN protected areas categories, particularly category Ia and Ib, designate and protect Wilderness in Europe. It is based on the European definitions of Wilderness from the Wilderness Working Group (WWG) from 2013, a part of the Wild Europe Initiative in which more than 230 representatives from numerous organisations including IUCN participated. This definition was also agreed upon by the European Commission and defines Wilderness in an European context. Please also...

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Defining and protecting Wilderness in Europe

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Defining and protecting Wilderness in Europe

In 2013 the Wilderness Working Group (WWG) published an official European Wilderness definition. This definition builds on the IUCN definition for category Ib “Wilderness Areas”. The European Commission further agreed upon this WWG Wilderness definition. The European Wilderness Society developed the European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System based on this commonly agreed definition. All Wilderness partners within the European Wilderness Network are consequenlty designated according to this definition. Please also read: European...

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First European River Summit to save Europe’s last wild rivers

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First European River Summit to save Europe’s last wild rivers

According to the recent European State of Water report from the European Environment Agency, nearly two thirds of European rivers are in a bad ecological state. One of the biggest threats to rivers in Europe is hydropower. The first European Rivers Summit in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzogovina tackled this issue and discussed solutions. The summit took place from September 27-29th 2018. It aimed at activists, NGO’s, experts, fishermen and river lovers to come together to share experience and knowledge, and create new ideas and networks. In the...

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Illegal logging Bialowieza Forest affects 4000+ hectares of Natura2000

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Illegal logging Bialowieza Forest affects 4000+ hectares of Natura2000

New publications describe the impact of recent illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest, Poland. Direct and indirect impact on the Natura2000 site are alarming. The fragmentation rate will result in even more long-lasting effects on natural development and wildlife. The study advises natural regeneration, while the State Forest Holding wants to convert the logged area to cultivations. Please also read: EU Court of Justice: Bialowieza Forest logging violates laws Bark beetle outbreak Bialowieza is home to many different species, including...

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