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European rivers threatened by more and more dams

European rivers threatened by more and more dams

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A new report on the effects of damming on European rivers has highlighted how rivers are saturated with dams. Currently, there are already 21 387 dams on the continent, with another 278 under construction. In addition, 8 507 new hydropower plants are planned, with a quarter of them being in nature reserves, especially in the Balkans. Balkans are the last European...

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Importance of peat bogs as CO2 storage

Importance of peat bogs as CO2 storage

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A study from Chazdon and Brancalion in 2019 revealed that newly planted trees could absorb most of the human made CO2-emissions. The study states that nothing is as effective in mitigating the climate overheating as reforestation activities. However, other scientists have critique on this study. The results are drastically overrating the beneficial effect of...

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Barriers to the expansion of Wilderness in Europe

Barriers to the expansion of Wilderness in Europe

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We can still find large continuous natural areas in many parts of Europe, which are little affected by human activities. Such areas are for example located in Slovakia, Austria, Italy or Slovenia. Here we find continuous wild ecosystems that stretch across many thousands of hectares. The ecosystems are also home to rich biodiversity, including rare species of...

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Natural wonder on a tri-border: Kongura Wilderness

Natural wonder on a tri-border: Kongura Wilderness

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The autumn of 2019, auditors of European Wilderness Society visited a number of protected areas in Bulgaria. The most Southern point reached was Kongura Strict Reserve, embedded into Belasitsa Nature Park. The Reserve was created in 1988 and is located in the Belasitsa Mountains, bordering Greece and North Macedonia. Protected through history Similarly to Ali Botush...

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Next in Bulgaria: Potential Wilderness Ali Botush

Next in Bulgaria: Potential Wilderness Ali Botush

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Ali Botush is a Strict Reserve in the Slavyanka mountain range, located directly on the border of Bulgaria and Greece. It was established in 1951 to protect the largest forests of the endemic Bosnian pine in the Balkan Peninsula. Auditors of the European Wilderness Society pre-audited Ali Botush Strict Reserve and found an exciting area bordering Greece. Scenic...

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Exploring the jungle of Mantaritsa WILDForest

Exploring the jungle of Mantaritsa WILDForest

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Mantaritsa Strict Reserve was established in 1968 to showcase and protect an old, unmanaged forest ecosystem in the Western Rhodope Mountains. During their visit in Bulgaria, auditors of the European Wilderness Society paid a visit to this outstanding Reserve. Broadleaf and conifer jungle The forested area is 97.7% of the Reserve, covered mainly by spruce, beech and...

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