Protecting wetlands in Central and Eastern Europe
White water lily (Nymphaea alba); Danube-Carpathian
Lake inside reeds, with White waterlily, Nymphaea alba. Ismail Islands, Ukraine
WWF has helped achieve several freshwater successes in the Danube-Carpathian region of central Europe in 2014, including wetland restoration, prevention of damaging hydropower schemes, and efforts to save the sturgeon from extinction. WWF aims to ensure 2 million hectares of freshwater ecosystems along the Danube and its tributaries are healthy and sustainably managed by 2025, securing clean water, flood protection and increased climate change resilience. With WWF’s help, guidelines for sustainable hydropower are now being implemented across the region, more than 500 damaging small hydro schemes in Ukraine have been stopped, sturgeon spawning sites in Bulgaria have been identified for protection, and seizures of illegally caught sturgeon have been made.
Original article posted on: 30.01.15 Updated on: 19.03.15