Places with a UNESCO World Heritage label attract many tourists. In some places even too many tourist, which negatively impacts the site. One of the examples is the famous Belgian city of Bruges, a UNESCO
On June 18th 2019 the report ‘SVYDOVETS CASE: How oligarchs are planning to destroy one of Ukraine’s most pristine natural landscapes‘ was presented in Kyiv. This report describes the issue of the huge ski resort construction
With the aim of protecting and respecting Wilderness, can we afford travelling to remote areas to get the true Wilderness experience?
It is widely known that habitat fragmentation causes wildlife numbers to decrease all over the planet. Only a few small places, such as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, show continuous numbers of native wildlife populations. One
There are more and more cases appearing in the Central and Eastern Europe regarding human activities, destroying the last natural heritage places and contributing to climate change. One of these cases is the building of
The 3rd call for proposals from the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme closed recently. European Wilderness Society has submitted a project as Lead Partner, and has a role in three other submissions. Here we provide an
This week, European Wilderness Society has submitted a project idea to the 3rd call of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme. This project aims to increase the protection of natural and cultural heritage, using sustainable ecotourism
The increase of backcountry winter sports, meaning activities outside the official boundaries of ski resorts, brings a lot of additional stress to alpine habitats and wildlife.
On 24th January European Wilderness Society released a detailed post about a court decision in Bulgaria, which prevented the enlargement of the ski resort in the Pirin. However, current information from Bulgaria is likely killing
It is not easy to understand the importance of protecting Wilderness if you do not have any first-hand Wilderness experience. Wildlife watching is a popular way to get such a Wilderness experience.
On 17th of January 2019 a Court decision in Bulgaria prevented the enlargement of the ski resort in the Pirin Mountains. This way this unique area came closer to become a partner of the European
In the last two weeks, Aevis Foundation, Slovakia, has organised a series of five meetings about natural tourism in Slovakia. This was part of the project Šanca pre prírodu, šanca pre región (A Chance for Nature,
Do untouched, unrecognised and uncovered places in nature still exist in Slovakia? And if so, how do we use their natural potential whilst still preserving their natural values? There are a series of discussion meetings
Last summer, European Wilderness Society auditors carried out a successful Quick-Audit in Thayatal National Park for the European Wilderness Network. The National Park shares its Austrian borders with Podyjí National Park in the Czech Republic.
Camping is a typical way to experience Wilderness in the United States. In Europe, on the other hand, camping in Wilderness is highly restricted and even forbidden in many protected areas. But being able to
Nature tourism seems to be an effective tool to support nature conservation, particularly in densely populated Europe. Generally speaking, nature tourism allows a region to benefit economically while maintaining its natural values and providing a
Last week the Biosphere Reserve Lungau, home of the main office of the European Wilderness Society, organised the kick-off event of their ECHT.SEIN. campaign (being real). The day of interesting talks and workshops ended with
Supporters of the Wilderness preservation in the Ukraine–initiative group Free Svydovets recently informed the Europarliment in Brussels of the importance of the unique Ukrainian Svydovets massif. A month ago, European Wilderness Society visited Svydovets observed with our own
People often call the lynx, with its fluffy ears and pointy beard, the wizard of the forest. Rarely seen, he lives in wild, mountainous forests without significant human presence. There are currently just a handful
The European Wilderness Society recently visited the Svydovets massif in the Ukrainian Carpathians. The area is currently highly disputed because of a proposed mega-ski resort, offering recreation for up to 28 000 visitors per day.