Snow cover and the number of cold days will decrease, with farreaching consequences not only for the availability of water, but also winter tourism. Ski areas below 1,500 meters -- including most ski areas across the region -- will be unviable. Within the next decades, over a quarter of the species of flora and fauna in the region will likely face extinction.
WWF's work on climate change focuses on:
Raising awareness and understanding of the problem of climate change and opportunities to reduce its scope and impact. In 2008, we have launched our first awareness raising campaigns on climate change in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.
Promoting urgent action to limit climate change to less than an average global temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A priority for us in 2008 is lobbying EU governments and Members of the European Parliament from the region to support progressive EU policies on climate change and energy.
Promoting urgent action to adapt to the effects of climate change, especially by working with nature rather than against it, e.g. by protecting and strengthening the resilience of ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and grasslands.
Contact: Andreas Beckmann, Director, WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme