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Living Planet Report

WWF's Living Planet Report 2018 reveals the staggering extent of human impact on the planet
Carpathian Mountains
Significant losses in Europe’s biodiversity hotspot

Rural landscape with morning mist near Zarnesti, Transylvania, Southern Carpathian Mountains, ... rel= © Wild Wonders of Europe / Cornelia Doerr / WWF

The last few decades have seen a significant loss of habitats and species in the Carpathian Mountains, reflecting the dire picture of biodiversity worldwide that is painted in the WWF 2018 Living Planet Report.

“Intensive forest management, increased logging, altered natural disturbance regimes (wind, bark beetles), and climate change are negatively influencing Carpathian forest ecosystems”, said Halada on behalf of Science for the Carpathians," said Dr Lubos Halada, Deputy Director of the Institute for Landscape Ecology at the Slovak Academy of Science and a representative of Science for the Carpathians (S4C), an international group of scientists dedicated to studying the Carpathian Mountains.
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The Danube River and its Delta
Well-known, but threatened by multiple pressures

 rel= © Cristian Mititelu Răileanu

This year’s edition of WWF’s every-two-year Living Planet Report.on the state of life on our planet makes for grim reading, also for the Danube River basin.

“The high biological diversity of the riverine network of the Danube River and its Delta is well-known, but threatened by multiple pressures”, said Dr Thomas Hein, a hydro-biologist at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna and a member of the International Association for Danube Research (IAD). “At basin level, still various forms of pollution are a key issue as well as hydro-morphologic alterations for the riverine landscape of the Danube River and its main tributaries. As in many large rivers worldwide, hydropower production, regulation measures for navigation as well as flood protection have introduced significant changes to the river system.”
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