The hotspots



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Map of the Green Heart of Europe with its 7 wonders
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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 ... rel=
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. Saved in the folds of the Iron Curtain

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

2. Europe’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 Europe's first 5-country protected area
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A young two- or three-year-old lynx has been photographed in the wooded hills and mountains of the Aggtelek National Park
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3. Lynx mountains

Lynx have returned to the wooded hills of Aggtelek in northern Hungary after an absence of more than a century
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Brown bear swimming
© WWF-DCPO

4. 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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Virgin beech forests
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5. Old-growth forests and traditional farming

The Balkan Range in Bulgaria and Serbia is the main watershed between the Black Sea and the Aegean covered with centuries-old forests of beech, spruce and fir interspersed with traditional farming communities
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The One Europe More Nature project will help to ensure future generations can enjoy the stunning scenery of Maramures.
© WWF / Pop Emil

6. 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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Pelicani în Delta Dunării
© Manuel Presti

7. 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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