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A new report published on 26 April by BirdLife Europe, WWF, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Friends of the Earth Europe, shows that 18 European governments assessed are not implementing nature protection rules as they should.
The Balkan Peninsula faces a wave of thousands of hydroelectric projects that would block pristine, free-flowing rivers and cause major environmental damage altering the regional ecosystems.
In 2017, the Polish government authorized the cutting of between 160,000 and 180,000 trees in the Białowieza Primeval Forest. A measure which the European Court of Justice considers an infringement of the EU’s Habitat Directive, requiring member states to take appropriate conservation measures for special areas.
If all trees felled in the Białowieza Forest in 2017 were loaded onto lined up lorries, it would create a convoy of vehicles stretching from London to Cambridge. A video by BiQData.
The number and variety of bird species have dropped significantly over the last twenty years. The cause is a reduction of their food source due to the intensive use of pesticides in farming.