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New project on forest biodiversity started!

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The European Wilderness Society has started a new project: ‘Multi-perspective view on fauna biodiversity in forests and forest edge areas’. The 2-year project is funded by the Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism. The pilot project aims to develop proposals for conservation and improvement of fauna biodiversity in forests and forests margins. This is done while taking cultivated stands into account, with the help of monitoring and case studies. Dynamic and integrative approach The project will be in German, targeting especially...

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Romanian scandal: the Colibita Case

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Romanian scandal: the Colibita Case

The following message from ‘Group of local Initiative – The Coalition for Biodiversity’ has come to our attention, which requires international attention and acknowledgement to prevent severe damages to important natural systems in Romania. The Colibita Case In Romania, the worst environmental situation is represented by the continuous deterioration of the ecological status of rivers. A genuine ecocide is amplifying, at a higher and higher pace, due to the conflict of interest Romanian Waters National Administration is set in. This...

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New natural forests for Germany

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New natural forests for Germany

In central Germany, within the province of Hesse, a new natural forest will start to develop. Within the designated size of 6 400 hectares, there will be no forestry, solely natural development. Especially this is a great development what could lead potentially to new Wilderness in Germany. Nature conservation coalition The Minister for the Environment, Priska Hinz, presented the decision to release 6 400 hectares from forestry pressures. The forest will be left to natural development to create and provide habitats for a variety of forest...

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Roadless areas and Wilderness

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Roadless areas and Wilderness

The current network of roads across the globe has made it possible for humans to access almost every region on Earth. Of course, this has had a tremendous impact on the planet. The presence of roads and the consequences of man-made activities reduce the ability of ecosystems to function effectively. Therefore these landscapes are unable to provide critical ecosystem services, such as clean water, flood prevention, nutrient cycling. Despite substantial conservation efforts, large tracks of valuable roadless areas still remain unprotected,...

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Safeguarding natural oases in Italy

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The European Wilderness Society wants to share with our Wilderness advocates. This organisation launched a fundraising with the goal of saving a forest of 15 hectares in Umbria. The forest is facing a major threat, timber logging. Therefore, the Italian Forest Fund aims to crowdfund enough financial support to buy the forest and safeguard it against exploitation. This will allow the forest to regenerate and grow old, while the organisation will install an educational path along the road that currently cuts through the future Scheggino Natural...

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European Wilderness Society joins International Ranger Federation

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European Wilderness Society joins International Ranger Federation

The International Ranger Federation is a non-profit organisation to support the important work of rangers in the field of nature (and culture) conservation. European Wilderness Society joins the International Ranger Federation, which currently has 90 members in over 50 different countries. Together we support rangers in protected areas, and raise awareness on the importance of their role. Worldwide network of professionals Within the International Ranger Federation, there are eight different regional groups. The European Wilderness Society...

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Rewilding Forests in Germany

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The German National Park Hunsrück-Hochwald lets its forests develop freely. The objective is to reach a natural tree species composition and to give the forest room and time to do so on its own. The National Park management also decided to give a third of the trails going through the protected area back to nature. Non-intervention to tackle remaining monocultures The National Park Hunsrück-Hochwald was only established three years ago. But first results of the Park’s aspired objective to leave the forests to evolve naturally are already...

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2019: Year of Wilderness

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2019: Year of Wilderness

We started off 2019 as the Year of Wilderness. All over the world, we are celebrating Wilderness anniversaries. What began 55 years ago as the first Wilderness Act in the United States, resulted 10 years ago in the Wilderness Resolution in Europe. Based on this, the European Wilderness Network was founded 5 years ago. The year 2019 will be a year full of activities and celebrations. Wilderness anniversary poster At the recent opening of our WILDArt exhibition in Austria, people had the first glance at our new Wilderness anniversary poster. It...

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New Interreg project starting on UNESCO Beech Forests

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New Interreg project starting on UNESCO Beech Forests

We are thrilled to announce that the European Wilderness Society will be starting soon with a transnational and multi-year Interreg project, called BEECH POWER. Under the lead of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, together we submitted the project during the 3rd call of the Interreg Central Europe programme. The Joint Secretariat of Interreg has approved this project proposal, which will start officially in April 2019.  BEECH POWER The project, fully called: ‘World Heritage Beech Forests: empowering and catalyzing an...

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Last days to sign for #ProtectWater

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Last days to sign for #ProtectWater

Have you signed already? So far, over 345,000 citizens took part in the EU wide campaign #ProtectWater! This campaign is a response to the EU Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). It asks the EU to keep the WFD strong and to improve its implementation by Member States and stakeholders. The consultation is closing on 11 March at 23.59, so if you didn’t sign yet, don’t wait and leave your signature here. Over 100 European NGOs, including the European Wilderness Society, are actively reaching out. At this moment, this EU public...

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