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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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A visit to potential Wilderness in Prealpi Giulie Nature Park

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A visit to potential Wilderness in Prealpi Giulie Nature Park

Earlier this month, the team paid a visit to a potential Wilderness area in Prealpi Giulie Nature Park, situated in north-eastern Italy. There, we went for a four-hour long hike to explore the area and had a meeting with the Park Director and Management team Consultant. Wilderness in Prealpi Giulie During our hike in park’s core zone we were walking on steep slopes of old beech forests with many dead trees lying around. We also saw an astonishing waterfall that continued into a crystal-clear river. Many beautiful flowers waited for us on the...

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Meeting Balkan River Defence

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Meeting Balkan River Defence

Last Thursday, the European Wilderness Society team participated at the Students for Rivers Camp, organised by the Balkan River Defence movement in Kobarid, Slovenia. The event aimed to connect young river conservationists and a kick-off of River Intellectuals Network. The Network aims to connect students and professors that believe the rivers shoud be kept wild. European Wilderness Society also gave a talk on the work that we are doing to keep the rivers wild. At the camp, we heard talks from many young and enthusiastic students who are a...

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German Wilderness gets €10 Mio annual investment

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German Wilderness gets €10 Mio annual investment

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment announced that it will invest €10 Million every year to the ‘Wildnisfonds’. This German Wilderness Fund is to support especially non-governmental organisations to secure large wilderness areas in Germany. The fund is a reply to the request of the ‘Wildnis in Deutschland’ initiative to halt the loss of nature and species in Germany. Reaching the 2% target The German government wants 2% of German land cover designated as Wilderness, where nature develops freely by 2020. However, currently there is...

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New Wilderness in Carpathian Biosphere Reserve

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New Wilderness in Carpathian Biosphere Reserve

In the past week the European Wilderness auditors spent a few days in the newly proposed Wilderness named Chornohora (Black) Mountain, Ukraine. The area is located at the southern slopes of the highest mountain in Ukraine (Hoverla Peak) with an elevation of 2 061 m, in the territory of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve. The purpose of this visit was to implement the European Wilderness Quality Quick-Audit and agree on the following steps to join this area to the European Wilderness Network. Area rich in Wilderness The Carpathian Biosphere...

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How climate change impacts forests

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How climate change impacts forests

During the Wilderness Academy Days, which took place in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Lungau, there was a special session on climate change impact on forests. It was a great event with many international experienced and new Wilderness Advocates. Over the next days, we will reflect on the many inspiring presentations and keynote speeches. Forest development in times of climate change Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, was one of the keynote speakers...

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Wilderness Audit and roadless areas

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Wilderness Audit and roadless areas

Experience from conducting European Wilderness Audits confirms that roads are one of the main barriers to designate high quality Wilderness. The good news is that people nature can restore the areas with old or recently built roads. Even to the stage that we can consider the areas to join the European Wilderness Network. We can actually find examples in several Wilderness in the European Wilderness Network. Interesting to see and learn is that people and nature can even restore heavily used roads. Some were used by heavy machines (e.g. for...

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Rapid loss of World Heritage glaciers

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Rapid loss of World Heritage glaciers

There are 46 natural World Heritage sites in which we can find glaciers at this moment. They include some of the most iconic glaciers, such as the Grosser Aletschgletscher (Switzerland), Khumbu Glacier (Himalayas) and Jakobshavn Isbrae (Greenland). IUCN scientists now published a new study, analysing the current states and future trends. The results are alarming. Predicting the year 2100 IUCN scientists combined data from global glacier inventories, reviewing existing literature, and modelling to predict the glacier trends. The study shows...

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Wilderness Audits in Ukraine

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Wilderness Audits in Ukraine

Wilderness and strict non-intervention management are inseparable elements of nature and biodiversity conservation in a number of protected areas in Ukraine. Vlado Vancura, European Wilderness Society Deputy Chairman of European Wilderness Society, Vlado Vancura, bases this statement on his first-hand experience gained during last years. He came to this conclusion after several Wilderness Quick- and Full-Audits and following monitoring in the previous years.  During this field work, it was reconfirmed...

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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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