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Importance of peat bogs as CO2 storage

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Importance of peat bogs as CO2 storage

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 reforestation, according to the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Criticism on Tree Planting Spree Planting trees in the wrong places could also destroy ecosystems, intensify the...

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Barriers to the expansion of Wilderness in Europe

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Barriers to the expansion of Wilderness in Europe

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 characteristic large carnivores. However, despite this high naturalness, there is a number of challenges preventing areas like these to become classified as Wilderness. Meeting...

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Natural wonder on a tri-border: Kongura Wilderness

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Natural wonder on a tri-border: Kongura Wilderness

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 Strict Reserve, Kongura is also bordering Greece. As Bulgaria was part of the Eastern bloc, the border zone required a special permission to enter. Therefore the road was mostly...

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Next in Bulgaria: Potential Wilderness Ali Botush

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Next in Bulgaria: Potential Wilderness Ali Botush

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 nature in the border zone The territory of Ali Botush has varied geomorphological formations and various ridges along an elevation gradient. Bulgaria was part of the Eastern Bloc,...

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Exploring the jungle of Mantaritsa WILDForest

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Exploring the jungle of Mantaritsa WILDForest

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 silver fir. Therefore, as can be imagined, the vegetation is for the most part simply impassable. Auditors were pleased to see the natural mixed-aged stands. The forest includes...

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Successful All-Senses Workshop Whispering Of The Trees

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Successful All-Senses Workshop Whispering Of The Trees

The latest Citizen Engagement Activity “Whispering of the trees” was successful, even in bad weather conditions. With support from the Interreg Volunteer Youth the two-days event open for everybody took place in Eberswalde. On the first evening, we got together in the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and had a nice, informative time. Providing homemade chili con/sin carne, cheese, tortilla chips and beverages was sufficient and tasty. First we informed the participants about the EU Cohesion Policy, which plays a crucial role...

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European Wilderness Network: The wildest places in Europe!

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European Wilderness Network: The wildest places in Europe!

In the past years, more than 41 Wilderness Areas from 17 countries joined the European Wilderness Network. The European Wilderness Network ist therefore Europe’s and one of the worlds largest Network of Wilderness areas. The team of the European Wilderness Society visited each of theses the wildest places in Europe in the last years and we meticulously researched, personally visited, audited and certified each Wilderness on whether it complies with the European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System developed and updated by more than...

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Wilderness found in Cervenata stena: the land of caves

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Wilderness found in Cervenata stena: the land of caves

In autumn 2019, European Wilderness Society auditors travelled to Bulgaria to seek new potential Wilderness. One treasure found was Cervenata Stena Strict Reserve. The Chervenata Stena (Red Wall) Strict Nature Reserve is a unique piece of nature, established as Strict Reserve in 1962 and is part of the Chervenata Stena Biosphere Reserve since 2017. The area is located in the Rhodope Mountains, about 30 km south of Plovdiv.  Local experts guided the auditors, who learned a lot about the history and current challenges of this area. They...

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Discover the UNESCO Beech Forest books

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Discover the UNESCO Beech Forest books

It is been eight years now, since five German beech forests were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To celebrate this, a three-day symposium took place in October 2019 in Bad Langensalza, Germany. This event was also a great opportunity to celebrate the completion of a book series about the UNESCO World Heritage Site Beech Forests in Germany. The series includes five books telling stories of beech forests in Müritz, Schorfheide-Chorin, Hainich, Kellerwald-Edersee and Jasmund. An important role in this process was the publishing company...

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In addition to tropical rainforest – mangroves are the excellent carbon storers

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In addition to tropical rainforest – mangroves are the excellent carbon storers

Mangrove forests are crucially important ecosystems circling the shores in the tropics, covering about 22 million hectares. However, they are under strong deforestation pressure, as 20% to 35% of all forests have been lost since 1980s, which is higher than for many tropical forests. Preserving mangroves is crucial for future as they provide many important services. One of those is also carbon storage, as they store twice as much carbon per hectare as tropical forests do. Therefore, through their deforestation a lot of carbon is released in...

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