The hotspots

Map of The Green Heart of Europe, WWF's initiative across 12 countries in Central and Eastern ... rel=
Map of The Green Heart of Europe, WWF's initiative across 12 countries in Central and Eastern Europe
© WWF

Where is the Green Heart of Europe

Check out the shortlist of the natural riches
 
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Tucked in the folds of the former Iron Curtain on the borders between Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the March-Thaya wetlands are among the richest in Central Europe.
© Gerhard Egger/WWF

1. Biodiversity hotspot March-Thaya wetalnds

Tucked in the folds of the former Iron Curtain on the borders between Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the March-Thaya wetlands are among the richest in Central Europe
 
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Kopacki Rit in Croatia.
© Mario Romulic

2. World's first five-country protected area

The confluence of the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers - the "Amazon of Europe" - is set to be protected in the world's first 5-country protected area
 
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Brown bear in the Carpathian mountains
© WWF DCP Bohdan Prots

3. Europe's last wilderness

The Southwest Carpathians are Europe's greatest remaining area of intact forest and wilderness outside of northern Scandinavia and Russia
 
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The area of Maramures is on the border of Romania and Ukraine
© WWF / Pop Emil

4. Vibrant mosaic of nature and culture

The area of Maramures on the border of Romania and Ukraine presents a rich mosaic of meadows and forests and vibrant cultural traditions
 
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Pelicans in the Danube Delta
© Manuel Presti

5. The most international river in the world

The Lower Danube Green Corridor includes 1 million hectares of wetlands and the globally important Danube Delta, the world's largest reed bed
 

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