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Deep ecology: Defending the Earth

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Deep ecology: Defending the Earth

What impacts the relationship of humans and nature and in what do we see the true value of nature? This is what deep ecology, an environmental philosophical theory originating from the 1970s searches the answer for. What is deep ecology? Although the theory first emerged from the Norwegian philosopher and mountaineer Arne Næss, the idea of prioritising the health of the environment and the necessity to guard its integrity quickly gained popularity. Arne Naess first drew a sharp distinction between “shallow environmentalism” and “deep...

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International Wilderness Week – coming soon!

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International Wilderness Week – coming soon!

The first of its kind online ‘International Wilderness Week’ will be held from 19th to 23rd October 2020. Five days packed with activities and presentations from all over the world will expand your knowledge on Wilderness. Moreover, the online format will allow Wilderness specialists and enthusiasts to connect with each other from the comfort of their homes. Above all, there will be no travel hassle, a smaller carbon footprint and no danger of catching a disease! 2020 – an important year for Wilderness The year 2020 was supposed to be an...

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What Does an Anti-Racist Wilderness Look Like?

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What Does an Anti-Racist Wilderness Look Like?

The issue of racism and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement have spread around the world within the last months. It became clear that racism is present everywhere around the world in all aspects of life. Which means that even Wilderness Advocates have to address this topic to create a Wilderness areas and a Wilderness experience that is open and just for everyone. Our dear friend John Hausdoerffer has contemplated throroughly how to create an anti-racist Wilderness and we feel privileged to share his thoughts with you. The following text is his...

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The climate crisis dries out Europe

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The climate crisis dries out Europe

Many countries around Europe, especially Central Europe, sound the alarm. Ground water levels and soil moisture are on a historic low threatening agriculture and ecosystems. Germany is facing the third year of droughts and heat waves and ground water levels continue to drop. Poland might experience a drop of grain yield by 8%. Ukraine´s and Romania´s water reserves are drying out. In the Czech Republic, drought was recorded in 80% of its wells. And we can see the consequences with our bare eyes. Water levels in lakes and rivers reach new...

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Impressions from a primeval forest

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Impressions from a primeval forest

Continuing our series about Wilderness research, today Yehor Yatsiuk tells us about his impressions from of the few remaining patches of primeval forest in Austria, the ‘Rothwald‘. He wondered what a primeval forest should look like and got many interesting questions in the Rothwald. “I study forest animals and take part in forest conservation actions in Ukraine. Before this visit, I thought that nature of a country located in the heart of Europe, like Austria, should be highly transformed. During the long history of civilization here, people...

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The beautiful world of (non-) fungi in a Wilderness area

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The beautiful world of (non-) fungi in a Wilderness area

Today, we are happy to share a story from Iryna Yatsiuk, a mycologist from Eastern Ukraine living is Estonia. A few years ago, she started working in the Wilderness area Dürrenstein in Austria to investigate the diversity of myxomycetes, a class of ‘slime molds’. While the name doesn´t sound very appealing they neither fungi nor disgusting, but diverse and beautiful. “This year in May me and my husband Yehor Yatsiuk, ornithologist, spent a week in Dürrenstein Wilderness Area. While Yehor was involved in the owl research project, I’m a...

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First forest webinar tomorrow

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First forest webinar tomorrow

Tomorrow, 23rd July, our first webinar about the role of biodiversity in forests will take place. At 13.15 we start with the topic “Biodiversity in commercial forest – the future of forests in the face of climate change”. Speaker Gerald Blaich will explain how he manages his commercial forest close-to-nature and sustainable. Afterwards, there is room for questions and discussion. For 37 years, Gerald Blaich has been managing 1300 ha of forests at “Stift Zwettl” in a close-to-nature manner. He uses small-scale timber use, a large proportion of...

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Erstes Webinar zum Thema Biodiversität im Wald

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Erstes Webinar zum Thema Biodiversität im Wald

Übermorgen, am Donnerstag den 23. Juli findet die Auftaktveranstaltung zu unserer Webinarreihe “Multperspektivischer Blick auf die Biodiversität im Wald” statt. Um 13.15 geht es los mit dem Thema “Biodiversität im Wirtschaftswald – Die Zukunft der Wälder im Klimawandel”. Der Referent Gerald Blaich wird darüber berichten, wie er seinen Wirtschaftswald naturnah und zukunftsfähig bewirtschaftet, anschließend gibt es ausreichend Raum für Fragen und Diskussionen. Seit 37 Jahren betreibt Gerald Blaich als Oberförster des Stifts Zwettl in...

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Present your project at our Wilderness Week

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Present your project at our Wilderness Week

We are excited to announce that from 19th to 23rd October 2020, the European Wilderness Society will host the first International Wilderness Week. Expect five days packed with presentations, discussions, workshops, live excursions, reports from community events, Q&As, join-in-activities and much more! The first International Wilderness Week is an one of a kind event. Lockdowns around the world have forced many of us to take their conferences, presentations and meetings online. We are making virtue of necessity and have ceated an event...

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Webinar 9th July 15:00 CET Tourism in Wilderness

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Webinar 9th July 15:00 CET Tourism in Wilderness

Wilderness and protected areas are facing challenges with visitors and tourism, as more and more people are interested in seeing and experiencing the wild. However, a visitor and recreation plan is required in order to reduce human impact. During our online training course ‘Tourism and Waste management in Protected Areas’ held over the course of May and June, we dedicated a session focusing on tourism management in protected areas. In course of the following webinar ‘Tourism in Wilderness’, we will focus on Wilderness and provide an...

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