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Wilderness in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030

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Wilderness in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030

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 beginning, it states that ‘wilderness is disappearing in front of our eyes’. After that, it is not specifically mentioned again. Nevertheless, the strategy includes some points...

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Old-growth beech forests need more protection

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Old-growth beech forests need more protection

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 of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe’ is one the most important successes of forest conservation in recent years. New threats for old-growth beech forests The issue of...

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

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

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 the that the beech forests of the Carpathians are special. There a few beech forests as ancient and beautiful left elsewhere in Europe. In the 1980s, the movement to protect...

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Dark future for remaining Wilderness

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Dark future for remaining Wilderness

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 activity. In other words: only 23% of the earth are potentially free from human influence. Why potentially? Because this study considers remaining Wilderness as a land which does not...

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Letting the forests grow old again

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Letting the forests grow old again

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 fellow Wilderness advocates in Slovakia help us to understand why these forests are so important. Storage of CO2 in the forests Watch the new video from Erik Baláz, Martin Mikolas and...

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First ever ‘Science National park’ proposed in Finland

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First ever ‘Science National park’ proposed in Finland

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 remains and harbours many endangered and vulnerable species. The old growth areas are surrounded by the largest contiguous forested area in southern Finland, giving it a great...

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Exploring the potential of Wilderness in France

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Exploring the potential of Wilderness in France

Several months ago, the French President Macron announced to commit 10% of France to full naturalness. This important commitment paves the way for protected areas on land and sea without human interference. As a result, the potential for Wilderness according to the European definition is growing in France. The strictly protected integral reserve of the Lauvitel in National Park des Écrins is an area that has caught our eye especially. This area of nearly 700 hectares has been a ‘no-go’ zone since 1995, only allowing a handful of...

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Science in the crossfire of Romanian logging conflict

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Science in the crossfire of Romanian logging conflict

The conflict about illegally logged timber in Romania has already seen various stages of escalation. Now science has also been caught in the cross fire and misused for political reasons. Forests and rangers are the victims Illegal logging has been an issue in Romania, one of Europe´s biggest timber producers, for decades. There are many players involved in this on-going tragedy. From Romanian politics and a mafia-like criminal system to European timber companies and the FSC. The victims are some of the largest old-growth forests left in...

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EU commits to support free-flowing rivers

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EU commits to support free-flowing rivers

The recently released the new EU-wide Biodiversity Strategy revealed the ambition to put Europe’s biodiversity on the path to recovery until 2030. One of the key areas to achieve this is the restoration of free-flowing rivers. The strategy sets out objectives on how Europe can ensure the recovery of biodiversity. This will benefit people, the planet, the climate and the economy. All of it is in line with existing document such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Biodiversity and water The...

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Natura 2000 Day: Success story with room to improve

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Natura 2000 Day: Success story with room to improve

Today is the 28th birthday of the EU Habitat Directive and the LIFE programme. To celebrate this, the European Union made the 21st May Natura 2000 Day. The Natura 2000 network contains all areas that are protected through the Habitat and Birds Directive, in total 27 800 sites and 16% of the EU’s land area. Due to the current situation, there are no few physical events to celebrate #Natura2000Day, but plenty of content of social media like Twitter and Facebook. This year is a special year for Natura 2000, because the EU and its member...

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