Looking back to 2012 in the Danube-Carpathian region
In Romania, a WWF campaign gathered over 100,000 signatures and massive media coverage that made protection of virgin forests a political priority and has now led to their formal protection. Popular support also enabled WWF to stop dangerous amendments to the country’s forest legislation.
Meanwhile, in Bulgaria, WWF and civil society partners mobilised a series of mass protests that finally put a stop to determined government efforts to amend the Forest Law to permit construction in protected areas.
Across the region, a string of important wetland conservation and restoration initiatives moved forward under the leadership and close involvement of WWF, including on the Drava (“Europe’s Amazon”), the Lower Danube Green Corridor and March-Thaya.
One important factor, for WWF, behind these successes were the synergies and support gained from closer cooperation between WWF-DCPO and other WWF organisations working in the region, especially from Austria and Hungary.
But more important was the evident concern of people across the region for the future of their natural heritage, civil society and rule of law.
In short: people cared, took action – and made a difference.
We at WWF are committed to supporting such action to protect the region’s rich natural heritage and build a better future. You are welcome to browse through the highlights of our work over the past year and hopefully this will provide inspiration for the future.
Happy holidays and a prosperous 2013 from the team at the WWF Danube-Carpathian programme.