Habitat loss in Europe – there must be space for wilderness

Zoltan Kun May 10, 2014 1
Habitat loss in Europe – there must be space for wilderness

Our mantra is simple: we want more wilderness in Europe, which is translated into a goal: we want 5% of Europe protected according to wilderness principle by 2020. The 5% will be added through strict protection of existing wilderness and through promoting the restoration of natural processes. But is there enough space to restore wilderness in Europe?!

Some say this is a far too ambitious goal, but when you see how much land we waste in Europe for abandoned construction projects, one should reconsider opposing our 5% target. There are several arguments for 5% wilderness. This post covers only one of them: 6+1 projects where we trashed our natural habitats (likely forever) in Europe!

1. Tópark project

Location: Törökbálint, Hungary

Size of habitat destroyed: 180 hectares

Investment: 1 billion EUR planned

Biogeographical region where we lost natural habitat: Pannonian

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More information is here (in Hungarian)

2. Abandoned housing projects in the Mediterranean islands

Location: various in Rhodes and Crete

Size of habitat destroyed: unknown but likely few 100s hectares

Investment: unknown but likely millions of EUR

Biogeographical region where we lost natural habitat: Mediterranean

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More information is here (thanks for Patrick van Dam for photo documenting)

3. Tourism development projects

Location: Tenerife, Spain

Size of habitat destroyed: unknown but likely 100s of hectares

Investment: unknown but likely billions of EUR

Biogeographical region where we lost natural habitat: Macaronesian

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More information is here

4. Dadipark abandoned amusement park

Location: Dadizele, Belgium

Size of habitat destroyed: 50 hectares

Investment: unknown

Biogeographical region where we lost natural habitat: Atlantic

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More information is here

5. Canfranc Railway Station

Location: Pyrenees mountains, Spain

Size of habitat destroyed: several 100s of hectares

Investment: unknown but current value would likely be billions of EUR

Biogeographical region where we lost natural habitat: Alpine

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More information is here

6. Samsung manufacturing plant

Location: Göd, Hungary

Size of habitat destroyed: 300 hectares

Investment: unknown but likely millions of EUR

Biogeographical region where we lost natural habitat: Pannonian

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More information about the closure of the factory is here (in English)

+1. Old Burns centre (unfinished hospital complex in Ukraine)

This unfortunate example shows that natural habitats are not only lost within the European Union!

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Size of habitat destroyed: unknown

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More information is here

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