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Polesia, the largest floodplain of Europe under urgent threat

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Polesia, the largest floodplain of Europe under urgent threat

Back in 2013, Polish, Belarusian and Ukrainian governments agreed to the construction of a long shipping channel, refered to as the ‘E40 waterway’, to enable inland waterway transport between the Black Sea and Baltic Sea. This would be the longest waterway in Europe, stretching approximately 2.000 km. The planned waterway would directly cut through Polesia, the largest floodplain of Europe. To fight this project, a coalition of nature conservation NGOs have been doing their best to stop E40 construction works. However, according to the latest...

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Wild forests protect the climate

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Wild forests protect the climate

There is a wide consent that forests are the most efficient tool to fight the climate crisis. However, the question how we should this forest is highly debated. A lot of foresters argue that a managed forest stores more CO2 than wild forests, because the growth rates of the trees are higher. Recent research shows that this assumption is not true. Wild forests release CO2 slower A study from the UK shows that non-native coniferous plantations store CO2 quicker, but this CO2 is soon released into the atmosphere again. While these plantations...

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30th March, 15:00: Webinar on the history of Wilderness coming soon

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30th March, 15:00: Webinar on the history of Wilderness coming soon

During the emerging confusion of these uncertain times, the European Wilderness Society decided to start hosting weekly webinars for those who are interested to learn more about Wilderness. These informative and interactive webinars, following the course thematic of the Vlado Vancura Wilderness Training Centre, will be held by various wilderness advocates, coming from the fields of nature conservation, forestry, tourism, education, marketing and others. After each presentation, Wilderness experts will be ready to answer any questions you...

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26th March, 15:00: Webinar on the history of Wilderness coming soon

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26th March, 15:00: Webinar on the history of Wilderness coming soon

During the emerging confusion of these uncertain times, the European Wilderness Society decided to start hosting weekly webinars for those who are interested to learn more about Wilderness. These informative and interactive webinars, following the course thematic of the Vlado Vancura Wilderness Training Centre, will be held by various wilderness advocates, coming from the fields of nature conservation, forestry, tourism, education, marketing and others. After each presentation, Wilderness experts will be ready to answer any questions you...

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As countries go on lockdown, nature revives

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As countries go on lockdown, nature revives

We are witnessing a global change of our daily lives to a degree that did not happen for decades, for most countries. The large scale and drastic measurements aim to isolate the most vulnerable people, and limit social interaction between others. Yet, as countries go on lockdown, nature is returning at an incredible speed in unexpected places. Power of nature In northern Italy, which was one of the first European regions to go on lockdown, traffic has largely come to a standstill. In cities such as Triest and Venice, transport by waterways...

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Tropical forests have a limit on how much carbon they can store

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Tropical forests have a limit on how much carbon they can store

Tropical forests are among the last large Wilderness in the world and biodiversity hotspots. Unfortunately, they are rapidly disappearing as a result of fires, deforestation and land degradation. In the current climate crisis, the crucial role of tropical forests as a carbon sink is often emphasised. Tropical forests are the largest absorbers of the carbon in the atmosphere and thus have a great ability to decrease CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. In fact, higher CO2 concentrations even promote their growth, enabling them to become an...

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Connecting Wilderness in the Central Apennines

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Connecting Wilderness in the Central Apennines

In the centre of Italy exists a wild and highly biodiverse region, the Central Apennines. Numerous protected areas occur there to protect the mountainous landscape with its forests and prairie-like plains. In this network, the Majella National Park plays an important role not only due to the size and well-done zoning but very much also due to clear long-term objective to protect Majella Wilderness. As a result, Majella Wilderness become the very first Italian member of the European Wilderness Network. The network of protected areas around,...

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New COST project opportunity on Wilderness research

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New COST project opportunity on Wilderness research

The European Wilderness Society is planning to submit a new project on Wilderness Research. The project will be submitted to the European COST programme. This is an EU funding programme that financially supports projects that create Europe-wide research networks and foster transboundary cooperation. It helps for example organisations and researchers to share ideas and experiences, define new concepts and develop innovative research projects. The project will be Pan-European, focusing on networking activities for research in European...

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Wilderness needs size

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Wilderness needs size

Wilderness in Europe is interpreted as an area governed by natural processes. And natural processes need space to freely take place without human disturbance. So, to fulfill its main purposs, Wilderness areas need a sufficient size. Looking at the issue of size of Wilderness areas from the second important attribute, Wilderness experience, the size is obviously popping up in everyone´s mind immediately. It is difficult to experience Wilderness values such as awe, spontaneity, solitude and challenge in areas impacted by roads, noisy machines...

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Global diversity of Wilderness definitions

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Global diversity of Wilderness definitions

Wilderness is a complex issue around the globe, so it is no surprise that there are several Wilderness definitions, which slightly differ case by case. Generally, we can say that Wilderness definitions worldwide focus on strictly protected nature. However, there is a slight difference if you go from definition to definition and search for small – but at the end very important – details. Details which make a big difference in the implementation process and result in different qualities of Wilderness. There is currently no consensus on how...

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