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Wilderness in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030

Wilderness in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030

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We already covered the main points of the new ‘EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030‘ and its commitment to free-flowing rivers. But it also mentions a topic that is at the core of the work of the European Wilderness Society. So, let´s see what the strategy means for Wilderness in Europe. First of all, the word Wilderness only appears in the document one time. Right in the...

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Old-growth beech forests need more protection

Old-growth beech forests need more protection

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Last year, the German action group for forest protection ‘BundesBürgerInitiative WaldSchutz’ declared the 25th June as the ‘Day of Beech Forests’. They chose this specific date, because on 25th June 2011, five German old-growth beech forests became UNESCO World Heritage. The formal designation of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage ‘Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests...

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Fedir Hamor’s new book describes his fight for primeval beech forests

Fedir Hamor’s new book describes his fight for primeval beech forests

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The protection of Primeval European beech forests was a long process that stretched over several decades. This process is closely connected to the vast primeval forests in the Ukrainian Oblast of Transcarpathia and Dr. Fedir Hamor, a man who dedicated his life to protect these forests. Already in 1930, foresters from other parts of Europe like Switzerland discovered...

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Dark future for remaining Wilderness

Dark future for remaining Wilderness

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A study conducted by a team of conservation biologists reveals how little Wilderness is left in the world. It also reveals a dangerous tendency that surviving fragments of pristine nature are quickly fading. According to this paper in ‘Nature’ from 2018, 77 % of land (excluding Antarctica) and 87 % of the ocean has been modified by the direct effects of human...

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Letting the forests grow old again

Letting the forests grow old again

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All across Europe, logging of old growth forests takes place at alarming rates. These trees, often several hundreds of years old, play a very important role in nature. They provide for example a home to many birds, insects, and other species. Yet, their role in the bigger ecosystem is perhaps even more important to safeguard our own future. A new video from our...

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First ever ‘Science National park’ proposed in Finland

First ever ‘Science National park’ proposed in Finland

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A proposal for the world’s first science national park has been submitted to Finland’s Ministry of the Environment with a broad base of support from researchers, environmental organizations, entrepreneurs and the University of Helsinki. The forest of southern Finland has precious little old growth forest left, but the Evo area is a hidden gem where old growth still...

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