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Discussing Wilderness in Germany

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Discussing Wilderness in Germany

Over the past years, Germany has become one of the leading examples in Europe to make room for Wilderness. Just recently, the German provincial Minister for the Environment in Hessen, Priska Hinz, presented the decision to turn a 6 400 hectares commercial Hessian forest into natural forest. In addition, the same Ministry has declared to invest annually 10 million EUR to support purchase of areas. People can let these areas ultimately turn into Wilderness. Podium discussion in Bayreuth This Friday, the European Wilderness Society will present...

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Trump: US to lift protection of Tongass National Forest

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Trump: US to lift protection of Tongass National Forest

The American President Mr. Trump is making his next move against natural protected areas. According to CNN, Trump has asked his agricultural secretary to lift the protection of Tongass National Forest. Tongass is the largest National Forest of the United States, covering more than 6.5 million hectares. Lifting the protection would open the door for logging, mining and energy industry after 20 years of strict protection. Tongass National Forest was also the film location for the inspiring Wilderness documentary ‘The Meaning of Wild’. Turning...

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The uniqueness of Küre Wilderness

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The uniqueness of Küre Wilderness

Küre Wilderness is a one-of-a-kind, stunning Wilderness, located in the Küre Mountains National Park, Turkey. The National Park is one of the 9 forest hotspots in Turkey, having global importance for nature protection. It hosts intact highly biodiverse landscape and is home to Black Sea moist karst forest ecosystems. It is on WWF’s list of 200 Global Ecoregions: “Northern Anatolian and Caucasian Temperate Zone Forests”. National importance Küre Wilderness is one of the key biodiversity areas in Turkey, an Important Bird Area and Important...

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National Park Risnjak – a new potential Wilderness

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National Park Risnjak – a new potential Wilderness

National Park Risnjak stretches across the deep forests and the peaks of Dinaric mountains in north-western Croatia. Its name comes the word ris, meaning lynx in Croatian. Indeed, the national park is home to lynx, as well as bears and wolves, and is one of the crucial areas for lynx persistance in Croatia.  The park is a mixture of various forest types, including beech, spruce and pine forests. Various types of meadows also interrupt the forest. This habitat mosaic supports very high plant biodiversity – over 1148 plant species live in...

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Hydropower tsunami – shouldn’t there be something that we don’t destroy?

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Hydropower tsunami – shouldn’t there be something that we don’t destroy?

The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. At present, around 3,000 hydropower plants are planned or under construction in the region, more than 1,000 of them in protected areas. One main target river for this “hydropower tsunami” is the Vjosa, the longest existing wild, undammed river on the continent outside of Russia. Rich biodiversity Along its entire course of over 270 kilometers, the Vjosa is untamed and free-flowing. Only once, shortly after the spring in the Greek part of the Pindos Mountains, the Vjosa is dammed....

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Today is World Ranger Day

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On July 31st we put the our Rangers across the world in the spotlight. They are the ones on the frontier of conservation that are critical for the planet’s future. They often leave their families behind, receive little compensation, but carry out some of the most rewarding work there is. Stand with the world’s Rangers But on this World Ranger Day, we also stand with those Rangers that are no longer with us. This year, 149 Rangers that were standing at the frontlines of conservation, gave their lives to protect what they love. They gave it...

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Wilderness Audit in Gorgany Nature Reserve, Ukraine

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Wilderness Audit in Gorgany Nature Reserve, Ukraine

In the past weeks the European Wilderness Auditors spent several days in Gorgany Wilderness, embeded in the Gorgany Mountains Massif. The area is located in the eastern part of the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. Gorgany Wilderness became a member of European Wilderness Network already in 2016. The Wilderness certificate was issued that year that is valid for four years. Since then, the European Wilderness Society and Gorgany Nature Reserve searched for the financial support to start...

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Exploring potential Wilderness in Triglav National Park

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Exploring potential Wilderness in Triglav National Park

Last week the European Wildernes Society team hiked high up to the core zone of Triglav National Park to explore the potential Wilderness there. Triglav National Park is Slovenia’s only national park located in the north-west part of the country in Julian Alps. Its name comes from Slovenia’s highest mountain Triglav which is dominating above the park. A long hike up We hiked up for four hours to reach the hut at Kriški podi in the park’s core zone. During the hike we climbed 1400 m of elevation, ascending to 2050m above the sea level. We were...

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AMBER – how they are changing rivers across Europe

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AMBER – how they are changing rivers across Europe

The European Wilderness Society recently attended the week long Balkan River Defence event for a day. While listening to presentations from the speakers the European Wilderness Society got more information on AMBER (Adaptive Management Barriers in European Rivers) and an app they have developed. The mission of AMBER is to improve habitat connectivity and biodiversity in rivers, while decreasing fragmentation and minimising ecological impacts of river barriers. Through the app critical barriers and obstacles can be identified. This will help...

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Nature Reserve Val Alba – a hidden Wilderness in Italy

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Nature Reserve Val Alba – a hidden Wilderness in Italy

Val Alba is a small nature reserve in north-eastern Italy, right opposite the Potential Wilderness Area in Prealpi Giulie Nature Park. It is a small valley surrounded by high mountain peaks – a perfect place for wilderness. That’s why the European Wilderness Society team visited it a few days ago, to get to see the area. Val Alba Reserve is under the same management principles as the neighbouring Prealpe Giulie. First impressions Our general impression of Val Alba Reserve was that it has a very high potential for Wilderness. There is only one...

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