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EU continues to overfish marine Wilderness

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EU continues to overfish marine Wilderness

The European Union sets annual fishing quota in the “exclusive economic zone” (the sea zone belonging to EU member states) for all member states. In 2013, the European parliament committed to lower quotas to sustainable levels from 2015 on, so that fish population could recover until 2020. “As of 2015, the principle of maximum sustainable yield shall apply, which means that each year we do not harvest more fish than a stock can reproduce. Our objective is that depleted fish stocks recover by 2020. Not only nature will benefit, but also...

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Challenges to protect Slovak Paradise

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Challenges to protect Slovak Paradise

The European Wilderness Society and Slovak Paradise National Park have a successful partnership for several years. Slovak paradise proved that they do not only commit to manage this iconic protected area well, but are also enthusiatic to protect Wilderness. Wilderness in Slovensky raj (Slovakian for Slovak Paradise) is inherited from the previous generations of land owners and foresters. Small fragments of self-willed land survived, while people living in this part of Slovakia significantly impacted the land for the last four to five...

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Slovakian Wilderness under threat

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Slovakian Wilderness under threat

Slovakia has a great potential to become an important partner in the quest to protect European Wilderness. There are some areas in the country under strict non-intervention regime already for several decades. According official statistics, Slovakia legally designated almost 2% of its territory to a non-intervention regime. This Slovakian Wilderness can be found mainly in the core zones of national and nature parks, but also in the smaller isolated strict reserves scattered all over the country. However, reality is that the areas with...

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2020 World Wilderness Conference to be held in March in Jaipur, India

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2020 World Wilderness Conference to be held in March in Jaipur, India

Since 1977, the Wild Foundation has been organizing a World Wilderness Congress for the purpose of providing a public forum to discuss and plan the preservation of nature and healthy human relationships with it. This coming year marks the Foundation’s 11th Congress. With likely over 1 500 delegates representing dozens of nations, the 2020 Congress, or WILD11, will meet to discuss and shape the future of Wilderness conservation at both the global and regional levels.Where Building off the tremendous success of WILD10, the 2020 Congress will be...

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Challenge to protect European forests

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Challenge to protect European forests

European forests are under extreme pressure. We can read almost daily the stories that somewhere in Europe forests are dying, logged and disappearing. The initial event leading to this is usually a large scale wind blow, fire or snowfall, which is extensive killing seemingly healthy forest. More and more people understand that the forests, particularly in Central Europe, are under extreme pressure. The truth is however, that these forests have been dramatically suffering already for...

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Forests and Wilderness crucial in the climate change combat

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Forests and Wilderness crucial in the climate change combat

Trees are widely known to be important carbon sequestrators with a great potential to combat climate change. A recent study showed that planting one trillion trees could suck up two thirds of global carbon emissions. However, young and immature trees sequester much less carbon than mature trees. Therefore, by reforestation, it would take years and years before the carbon would be taken up. With targets of net-zero emissions by 2050, this is likely not fast enough. On the other hand, there already are many mature forests that absorb large...

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Majella Wilderness hosts ancient black pine

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Majella Wilderness hosts ancient black pine

An extraordinary black pine of more than 900-year old is growing in Majella Wilderness, embedded in Majella National Park in Italy. The pine could survive that many centuries because it was hidden in a remote, inaccessible ravine, far away from human settlements. Growing in an extensive Majella mountain labyrinth, this pine has escaped from the exploratory interest of local people, foresters and mountain explorers. Survival in an inaccessible locality The steep, narrow ravine where the pine lives can only be reached with mountaineering...

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European rivers threatened by more and more dams

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European rivers threatened by more and more dams

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 region with free-flowing rivers. One of these is Vjosa river in Albania, the last big wild river in Europe. It’s 272 km long, with first 80 km in Greece and the rest in Albania. The...

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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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