Russia promised to ban the hunting of polar bears

2011 - 05 - 06

Russia has decided to impose a complete ban on the hunting of polar bears this year. It has been announced by the initiative around the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Last year the commission for the United States and Russia reached an agreement allowing a quota of 29 polar bears to be killed each year in each country. However, a program initiated under the auspices of Vladimir Putin notified of a complete ban for 2011.…

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European Commission announced new strategy to halt biodiversity loss

2011 - 05 - 03

Today the European Commission has published a new plan on how to improve Europe’s biodiversity over the next decade. The strategy includes six targets which address the main drivers of biodiversity loss. The plan is focused on sustainable agriculture and forestry, safeguarding and protecting fish stocks, controlling invasive species, and protecting and restoring ecosystems, notably by the increased use of green infrastructure. The strategy is in line with the commitments made last year by the …

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The wolves have come back to yet another part of Europe – Catalonia

2011 - 04 - 21

This is the first time after eighty years that wolves have appeared again in the Catalonia region in Spain. Footprint tracks were recently discovered just forty kilometers from Barcelona.

In the past, the wolves had never ventured as close to the metropolis of Catalonia as they have done this time. The very first appearance of this species in this part of the country – after several decades of absence – was recorded in 2004.

Much …

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The Aurochs is coming back to European forests and grasslands

2011 - 04 - 13

For thousands of years, European forests and grasslands were inhabited by majestic animals – aurochs, large wild cattle with dark coat and large horns. Due to overhunting, they are now extinct. The last aurochs died in Poland in 1627.

Now the Aurochs is coming back to European nature. Taurus Foundation (Stichting Taurus) is a Dutch organization that uses feral cattle in nature management and natural grazing schemes. “In our choice for certain cattle breeds, we …

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European butterflies face extinction, landscapes lack large herbivores

2011 - 04 - 08

European nature is losing its most precious jewels. In many parts of the continent, butterflies are becoming extinct. Nine percent of European butterflies are threatened with extinction, whilst a third of some four hundred and eighty two European butterfly species have experienced a decline in their population.

What is the reason for this? Intensive farming on one hand, climate change, intensive tourism and abandonment of farmland on the other. That is why butterflies are losing …

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