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German Wilderness gets €10 Mio annual investment

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German Wilderness gets €10 Mio annual investment

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment announced that it will invest €10 Million every year to the ‘Wildnisfonds’. This German Wilderness Fund is to support especially non-governmental organisations to secure large wilderness areas in Germany. The fund is a reply to the request of the ‘Wildnis in Deutschland’ initiative to halt the loss of nature and species in Germany. Reaching the 2% target The German government wants 2% of German land cover designated as Wilderness, where nature develops freely by 2020. However, currently there is...

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New Wilderness in Carpathian Biosphere Reserve

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New Wilderness in Carpathian Biosphere Reserve

In the past week the European Wilderness auditors spent a few days in the newly proposed Wilderness named Chornohora (Black) Mountain, Ukraine. The area is located at the southern slopes of the highest mountain in Ukraine (Hoverla Peak) with an elevation of 2 061 m, in the territory of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve. The purpose of this visit was to implement the European Wilderness Quality Quick-Audit and agree on the following steps to join this area to the European Wilderness Network. Area rich in Wilderness The Carpathian Biosphere...

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How climate change impacts forests

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How climate change impacts forests

During the Wilderness Academy Days, which took place in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Lungau, there was a special session on climate change impact on forests. It was a great event with many international experienced and new Wilderness Advocates. Over the next days, we will reflect on the many inspiring presentations and keynote speeches. Forest development in times of climate change Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, was one of the keynote speakers...

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Wilderness Audit and roadless areas

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Wilderness Audit and roadless areas

Experience from conducting European Wilderness Audits confirms that roads are one of the main barriers to designate high quality Wilderness. The good news is that people nature can restore the areas with old or recently built roads. Even to the stage that we can consider the areas to join the European Wilderness Network. We can actually find examples in several Wilderness in the European Wilderness Network. Interesting to see and learn is that people and nature can even restore heavily used roads. Some were used by heavy machines (e.g. for...

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Rapid loss of World Heritage glaciers

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Rapid loss of World Heritage glaciers

There are 46 natural World Heritage sites in which we can find glaciers at this moment. They include some of the most iconic glaciers, such as the Grosser Aletschgletscher (Switzerland), Khumbu Glacier (Himalayas) and Jakobshavn Isbrae (Greenland). IUCN scientists now published a new study, analysing the current states and future trends. The results are alarming. Predicting the year 2100 IUCN scientists combined data from global glacier inventories, reviewing existing literature, and modelling to predict the glacier trends. The study shows...

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Wilderness Audits in Ukraine

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Wilderness Audits in Ukraine

Wilderness and strict non-intervention management are inseparable elements of nature and biodiversity conservation in a number of protected areas in Ukraine. Vlado Vancura, European Wilderness Society Deputy Chairman of European Wilderness Society, Vlado Vancura, bases this statement on his first-hand experience gained during last years. He came to this conclusion after several Wilderness Quick- and Full-Audits and following monitoring in the previous years.  During this field work, it was reconfirmed...

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New project on forest biodiversity started!

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The European Wilderness Society has started a new project: ‘Multi-perspective view on fauna biodiversity in forests and forest edge areas’. The 2-year project is funded by the Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism. The pilot project aims to develop proposals for conservation and improvement of fauna biodiversity in forests and forests margins. This is done while taking cultivated stands into account, with the help of monitoring and case studies. Dynamic and integrative approach The project will be in German, targeting especially...

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Romanian scandal: the Colibita Case

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Romanian scandal: the Colibita Case

The following message from ‘Group of local Initiative – The Coalition for Biodiversity’ has come to our attention, which requires international attention and acknowledgement to prevent severe damages to important natural systems in Romania. The Colibita Case In Romania, the worst environmental situation is represented by the continuous deterioration of the ecological status of rivers. A genuine ecocide is amplifying, at a higher and higher pace, due to the conflict of interest Romanian Waters National Administration is set in. This...

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New natural forests for Germany

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New natural forests for Germany

In central Germany, within the province of Hesse, a new natural forest will start to develop. Within the designated size of 6 400 hectares, there will be no forestry, solely natural development. Especially this is a great development what could lead potentially to new Wilderness in Germany. Nature conservation coalition The Minister for the Environment, Priska Hinz, presented the decision to release 6 400 hectares from forestry pressures. The forest will be left to natural development to create and provide habitats for a variety of forest...

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Roadless areas and Wilderness

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Roadless areas and Wilderness

The current network of roads across the globe has made it possible for humans to access almost every region on Earth. Of course, this has had a tremendous impact on the planet. The presence of roads and the consequences of man-made activities reduce the ability of ecosystems to function effectively. Therefore these landscapes are unable to provide critical ecosystem services, such as clean water, flood prevention, nutrient cycling. Despite substantial conservation efforts, large tracks of valuable roadless areas still remain unprotected,...

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