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Germany can reach 2% Wilderness

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Germany can reach 2% Wilderness

The German government and several environmental organisations are working on an ambitious goal for 2020. They aim to have Wilderness areas cover 2% of their land, and permanently unused forests cover 5% of Germany. This has been a work in progress since 2007, when the government adopted wilderness into its National Biodiversity Strategy. The European Wilderness Society supports this goal and continues to actively contribute to the identification, designation and stewardship of more Wilderness in Germany. The first 10 years have passed since...

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European Wilderness Network at the U.S. Wilderness Ranger Academy

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European Wilderness Network at the U.S. Wilderness Ranger Academy

Copyright 2016 European Wilderness Society Mykola Romaniuk, from our European Wilderness Network partner the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, recently participated in the Wilderness Ranger Academy. His participation in this event of the U.S. Forest Service was the first international exchange of the European Wilderness Society exchange programme. Our visit to the US earlier this year set the starting point to this international Wilderness exchange programme.  We also participated in the Wilderness Ranger Academy, as well as in a Leave No Trace...

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International visit to Svydovets

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International visit to Svydovets

In June 2018 international group of experts and scientist visited Svydovets massif, where huge ski resort is planned. Please also read: How is Svydovets doing Foreign experts from European mountain countries: Austria, France and Switzerland, where experience of similar resorts exists, appeal to the fact, that Carpathians cover only 4% of Ukraine, therefore planning of the development of this area should be very careful and smart, including also climate change. The short video explaining value of Svydovets and its threats is now available also...

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New potential Wilderness in Slovakia

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New potential Wilderness in Slovakia

The director of the Low Tatras National Park and the Chairman of the European Wilderness Society recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The subject of the memorandum is a cooperation on the stewardship of the Skalka Wilderness in the Low Tatras National Park, and the commitment to carry out an International Wilderness Quick-Audit of the Skalka Wilderness in 2018. The size of the proposed Wilderness is approximately 2 500 hectares, with potential to expand to another 300 ha. International Audit The European Wilderness Society will...

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First glance of Slovenian Wilderness in Triglav National Park

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First glance of Slovenian Wilderness in Triglav National Park

Last weekend, our Wilderness team visited Triglav National Park in Slovenia, together with Garry Oye, former Chief of Wilderness Stewardship Division of the United States. Triglav National Park is the only Slovenian National Park, located close to the Austrian and Italian borders. The Park is known for its wild valleys, conifer-filled mountain slopes, and barren peaks. It has a core zone, where there is (almost) no human impact. Komna Valley Every year, Triglav National Park welcomes several tens of thousands of visitors. Many visitors...

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Wilderness Stewardship in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Wilderness Stewardship in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

At the end of her recent U.S. Trip, our colleague Verena Gruber visited the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado. She met with the National Park’s Superintendent Bruce Noble as well as with the Park’s Ecologist Danguole Bockus and District Ranger Ryan Trush. Informative discussions about wilderness stewardship issues and a short excursion down the canyon offered a comprehensive overview of the Wilderness. Wilderness Stewardship in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park...

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Current and future threats to Alpine rivers

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Current and future threats to Alpine rivers

The Alps are often described as the ‘Water Tower’ of Europe, because they provide around 40% of Europe’s freshwater. However, climate change affects the Alps, like all of nature. In the last 100 years the Alpine region has experienced temperature increases of 1,48°C – this is twice the global average. The rising temperatures result in loosening of the ground and rocks. In return, we experience more and more devastating rock slides in the alpine region. Please also read: Risk of avalanches is increasing Water conflicts in the Alps The...

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Wild River Râul Alb

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Wild River Râul Alb

Biologist Călin Dejeu, from Romania, recently approached the European Wilderness Society with the proposal to include the River Râul Alb, Romania, to the European Wilderness Network in the category WILDRiver. He formally applied for the Râul Alb WILDRiver European Wilderness Society Quick-Audit. The River Râul Alb is a rare example of an undamaged river. It resides in the Southern Carpathian, where it spans from Retezat National Park down to the Hateg Country Dinosaurs Geopark. Please also read: Help saving the blue heart of Europe The...

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Open House at Synevyr National Nature Park

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Open House at Synevyr National Nature Park

Copyright 2016 European Wilderness Society Do you want visit the largest lake in the Carpathian mountains of Ukraine, brown bear sanctuary, ecological or touristic trails to old-growth forest, peat bog or other interesting places and itineraries of the National Nature Park “Synevyr”, member of the European Wilderness Network? If so, you are welcome all year long, but the special programme and Open House Day will welcome you on the 7th  of July, this year! UNESCO World Heritage Part of the National Nature Park “Synevyr” is also included into...

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European Wilderness Society completes Leave No Trace Trainer course

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European Wilderness Society completes Leave No Trace Trainer course

Prior to the Wilderness Ranger Academy in Red River, New Mexico, the European Wilderness Society attended and successfully completed a Leave No Trace Trainer Course. This course officially enables the European Wilderness Society to hold Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops and courses. European Wilderness Society no certified as a LNT Trainer Please also read: Why Leave No Trace is necessary in Wilderness The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace The 2-day Trainer course took a closer look on the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. Plan Ahead and Prepare...

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