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400 kg of garbage: How clean rivers help Slovensky raj

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400 kg of garbage: How clean rivers help Slovensky raj

Another Citizens Engagement Activity, organized by our employee and ex-IVY volunteer Hanna Öllös and our current IVY volunteer Jonas Sommer, took place in Slovakia. The event in Slovensky raj National Park focused on the synergy of river conservation, sustainable development and regional policies. Informing and engaging citizens The event kicked off on Friday evening, attended by a group of 25 participants, with an introduction to Slovensky raj National Park, the European Wilderness Society, Interreg and EU Cohesion Policy. The director of...

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Chinook salmon die-off as a consequence of climate change

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Chinook salmon die-off as a consequence of climate change

The numbers of Chinook Salmon have dropped drastically in the recent years. In Columbia, US, 17 million salmon used to return each year, but now the number is reduced to just one million. Salmon are an important food source for many animals, both terrestrial and marine, such as bears, eagles and killer whales. As a result of the decrease in salmon population, the killer whale populations are also struggling, as fewer calves survive. There are more reasons for such dramatic declines, but it seems that the main two are climate change and dammed...

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The toll of environmental activism

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The toll of environmental activism

There is always a price to pay and ‘nothing worth fighting for comes easy’, least of all the fight to save our ‘pale blue dot’. Its well known that the costs for sustaining our way of life takes a massive toll on the planet. In the meantime, some of the environmental activists who fight to save it unfortunately sometimes pay the ultimate price. According to Global Witness, a UK based watchdog on human rights and the environment, has found that Environmental Activism is more dangerous than ever. Further this does not only occur in remote areas...

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Hohe Tauern IUCN Wilderness celebration

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Hohe Tauern IUCN Wilderness celebration

The ‘Sulzbachtäler’ area within the Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria will receive the IUCN 1b Wilderness status next week. This will be celebrated with a full day event in Mittersil, where the head office of the National Park is. This is an important step for more international recognition for Hohe Tauern Wilderness, Partner of the European Wilderness Network. This reward does not only justify the beautiful nature, but also the tremendous efforts of the park’s management and all employees and rangers. European Wilderness Quality Standard...

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International support for Synevyr National Nature Park

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International support for Synevyr National Nature Park

The public voting is well on its way, and our project ‘Clean up Synevyr National Nature Park’ is now in second place. We are very thankful for all our voters and supports from around the world! However, only the #1 project with the most votes will be funded. So if you did not vote yet, please do! Vote for Clean up Synevyr here! We need at least another 400 votes, so please share the link with your colleagues, family and friends! Plastic clean up emergencies! The nature of Synevyr National Nature Park is struggling with the growing numbers of...

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WE NEED YOUR VOTE

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WE NEED YOUR VOTE

Synevyr National Nature Park in Ukraine is suffering, like many other protected areas, under the increasing pressure of visitors. Single-use plastic ends up in the rivers, people dump full garbage bags in the UNESCO World Heritage forest, and visitors are doing their toilet-business behind trees. Local villages still lack a proper waste management system too. As a result, the waste is destroying the nature and threatening its beautiful wildlife! The Synevyr Park Management is struggling with this problem, so the European Wilderness Society is...

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Discussing Wilderness in Germany

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Discussing Wilderness in Germany

Over the past years, Germany has become one of the leading examples in Europe to make room for Wilderness. Just recently, the German provincial Minister for the Environment in Hessen, Priska Hinz, presented the decision to turn a 6 400 hectares commercial Hessian forest into natural forest. In addition, the same Ministry has declared to invest annually 10 million EUR to support purchase of areas. People can let these areas ultimately turn into Wilderness. Podium discussion in Bayreuth This Friday, the European Wilderness Society will present...

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Trump: US to lift protection of Tongass National Forest

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Trump: US to lift protection of Tongass National Forest

The American President Mr. Trump is making his next move against natural protected areas. According to CNN, Trump has asked his agricultural secretary to lift the protection of Tongass National Forest. Tongass is the largest National Forest of the United States, covering more than 6.5 million hectares. Lifting the protection would open the door for logging, mining and energy industry after 20 years of strict protection. Tongass National Forest was also the film location for the inspiring Wilderness documentary ‘The Meaning of Wild’. Turning...

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The uniqueness of Küre Wilderness

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The uniqueness of Küre Wilderness

Küre Wilderness is a one-of-a-kind, stunning Wilderness, located in the Küre Mountains National Park, Turkey. The National Park is one of the 9 forest hotspots in Turkey, having global importance for nature protection. It hosts intact highly biodiverse landscape and is home to Black Sea moist karst forest ecosystems. It is on WWF’s list of 200 Global Ecoregions: “Northern Anatolian and Caucasian Temperate Zone Forests”. National importance Küre Wilderness is one of the key biodiversity areas in Turkey, an Important Bird Area and Important...

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National Park Risnjak – a new potential Wilderness

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National Park Risnjak – a new potential Wilderness

National Park Risnjak stretches across the deep forests and the peaks of Dinaric mountains in north-western Croatia. Its name comes the word ris, meaning lynx in Croatian. Indeed, the national park is home to lynx, as well as bears and wolves, and is one of the crucial areas for lynx persistance in Croatia.  The park is a mixture of various forest types, including beech, spruce and pine forests. Various types of meadows also interrupt the forest. This habitat mosaic supports very high plant biodiversity – over 1148 plant species live in...

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