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Science in the crossfire of Romanian logging conflict

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Science in the crossfire of Romanian logging conflict

The conflict about illegally logged timber in Romania has already seen various stages of escalation. Now science has also been caught in the cross fire and misused for political reasons. Forests and rangers are the victims Illegal logging has been an issue in Romania, one of Europe´s biggest timber producers, for decades. There are many players involved in this on-going tragedy. From Romanian politics and a mafia-like criminal system to European timber companies and the FSC. The victims are some of the largest old-growth forests left in...

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EU commits to support free-flowing rivers

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EU commits to support free-flowing rivers

The recently released the new EU-wide Biodiversity Strategy revealed the ambition to put Europe’s biodiversity on the path to recovery until 2030. One of the key areas to achieve this is the restoration of free-flowing rivers. The strategy sets out objectives on how Europe can ensure the recovery of biodiversity. This will benefit people, the planet, the climate and the economy. All of it is in line with existing document such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Biodiversity and water The...

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Natura 2000 Day: Success story with room to improve

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Natura 2000 Day: Success story with room to improve

Today is the 28th birthday of the EU Habitat Directive and the LIFE programme. To celebrate this, the European Union made the 21st May Natura 2000 Day. The Natura 2000 network contains all areas that are protected through the Habitat and Birds Directive, in total 27 800 sites and 16% of the EU’s land area. Due to the current situation, there are no few physical events to celebrate #Natura2000Day, but plenty of content of social media like Twitter and Facebook. This year is a special year for Natura 2000, because the EU and its member...

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Protected Areas In Lithuania: Part 2 – National Parks

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Protected Areas In Lithuania: Part 2 – National Parks

In this series of postings, we apresent the colourful system of protected areas in Lithuania. This week’s topic are the National Parks. Protected area system Differently to other countries, the Lithuanian protected area network was created to protect not only nature, but the complexity of nature and cultural heritage as a whole. It also aims to preserve ecological balance and biodiversity, sustainable use and restoration of natural resources, propagate sustainability ideas and traditional way of living and ethnocultural traditions. At the...

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How much Wilderness is possible in Germany?

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How much Wilderness is possible in Germany?

In 2007, the German government officially declared a 2% Wilderness goal until 2020. This made Germany a pioneer in the protection of Wilderness around Europe. To reach this goal, the Ministry for Environment has gathered a wide alliance of NGOs. The European Wilderness Society has also supported the initiative since our establishment. Wilderness areas in Germany After the goal was clear, the first step was to define Wilderness. Due to the lack of a common Wilderness definition in Europe and worldwide, the European Wilderness Society supported...

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Is there hope for Wilderness in The Netherlands?

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Is there hope for Wilderness in The Netherlands?

We can find Wilderness in some of the most unexpected places, as long as people leave areas to develop according to natural dynamic processes. So, can we find Wilderness also in one of the most densely populated countries of Western Europe, with over 17 million inhabitants? One thing is sure, there is no primary Wilderness nowadays in the Netherlands. Yet some areas develop naturally since the 1980’s and 1990’s, providing potential to new Wilderness. Approximately 1% of the surface of The Netherlands consists of virtually self-sufficient and...

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Protected areas in Lithuania: Part 1 – Nature reserves

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Protected areas in Lithuania: Part 1 – Nature reserves

Lithuania is a small, but beautiful and rich Baltic country just above Poland. By ‘rich’ I do not mean economically rich, because Lithuania’s richness can hardly be measured with money. Lithuania is the home of many diligent people and it is rich in history, colourful culture, tasty cuisine and, foremost, beautiful and wild nature. The Lithuanian government understands the importance of these qualities and wants to preserve them for future generations. Hence, they created a network of protected areas in Lithuania immediately after...

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Wilderness in Gorce National Park

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Gorce National Park is a small protected area in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, located in the  southern Poland. It covers central and north-eastern part of the Gorce range, which are part of the Western Beskids. It is a small park currently covering an area of ​​7 029 ha and particularly the core zone has been managed as a strict reserve already for several decades. This means that spontaneous natural processes and ecosystems dynamic are the major objective of the daily management. Character of the Gorce National Park Over 95 per cent of Gorce...

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Forest use: Spare where possible, share where beneficial

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Forest use: Spare where possible, share where beneficial

As advocates of Wilderness – drastically shortened meaning non-human-intervention or self-willed land – we are often confronted with the question how to provide food, construction materials and other important natural goods for a growing population. This question often has the hidden agenda to play off Wilderness against human wellbeing. But this would only make sense in a world, where we only have two options: either banning humans from nature completely or utilizing all land for human needs. As so often, only a compromise can be the answer....

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How environmental destruction paves the way for pandemics

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How environmental destruction paves the way for pandemics

We are witnessing the worst pandemic of the last hundred years right now. But it did not happen by sheer conincidence. Many experts have predicted for a long time that a pandemic might be the next big global crisis – besides the climate crisis. Viruses are as old as life on earth and there have always been countless numbers of viruses in wildlife around the world. However, it becomes more common that they are transmitted to humans due to environmental destruction. As most other recent epidemics, the current corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) was...

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