Danube-Carpathian | WWF

From the Danube basin to the Carpathian Mountains, we call our region the Green Heart of Europe.

It includes many of Europe’s most spectacular remaining wilderness areas and some of the largest remaining area of virgin and natural forests.

They are home to two-thirds of the European populations of bears, lynx and wolves.

The region boasts most of Europe’s last remaining intact rivers and wetlands, including the Danube Delta.

The Danube shelters the sturgeons that survived the end of the dinosaurs but now teeter on the edge of extinction.

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Latest news from the Green Heart of Europe
26 Oct 2020

The action contributes to the cross-border effort to increase the number of sturgeons in the river.

24 Oct 2020

Splash dams serve as obstacles for migratory fish such as brook trout and endangered Danube Salmon.

22 Oct 2020

Lime announces ambitious carbon reduction targets following a science-based target, committing to ...

16 Oct 2020

TRANSGREEN and Bulgarian Old-Growth Forest Protection; LENA Shortlisted for a Third

09 Oct 2020

Wetlands contribute in no small way to our quality of life -- indeed, to our very survival.

07 Oct 2020

European Parliament is to be applauded but it is still not in line with what the science shows we ...

01 Oct 2020

A true “cottage industry:” the circular economy network located in the heart of nature

29 Sep 2020

Extraordinary Nature Conservation Success in Hungary Saves some of the Last Remaining Danube ...

25 Sep 2020

Explore solutions for reducing risks and generating incentives for building nature into future ...

25 Sep 2020

Living Danube Partnership restoration of Garla Mare wetland in Romania is expected to further ...

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Pirin: the forest with the Balkan's oldest tree under threat
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​Why care about the Danube-Carpathian region

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Europe’s greatest natural treasures provide us with essential goods and services: from timber and fish to clean water and climate regulation, and the essential “green infrastructure” that secures our livelihoods and well-being.
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