Guest blog from Naturvernforbundet/Friends of the Earth Norway
Norway, the first country to have a minister of environment, whose former prime minister coined the term 'sustainable development', is seemingly on a mission to trash its green image. Shooting its few remaining wolves, pumping oil in the Arctic, and dumping toxic waste in its pristine fjords – how did it come to this?
Safeguarding Europe's declining wildlife, and the right of European citizens to enjoy nature, needs real protection on the ground – not a complex renegotiation of EU nature conservation laws, argues Friends of the Earth Europe.
After years of campaigning, Mount Srđ, the picturesque hill overlooking historical Dubrovnik in southern Croatia, has moved a step closer to safety after a court annulled permission for a destructive golf resort development.
The ruling from the administrative court in Split annulled the environmental permit for the development, confirming what the "Srđ is ours" initiative, Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia and experts had long claimed: that the development is simply not compatible with the local environment.
Cyprus is anticipated to be taken to the European Court of Justice after giving the go-ahead to a destructive tourism development in a vital sea turtle nesting area.
Limni is a crucial breeding ground for two of Cyprus' iconic species of sea turtles - the Loggerhead and Green varieties. These turtles face a very high risk of extinction in the wild, and are strictly protected under EU law. The project - which would involve two golf courses, a 160-room hotel and 792 residential villas - is expected to impact a quarter of all Loggerhead sea turtle nests on the island.
Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, comments on the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
The result is in – we are leaving the EU. The fight starts now to make sure that the UK doesn't water-down environmental safeguards we've inherited from the European Union. Instead we must improve standards in order to protect our green and pleasant land. Future generations deserve no less.
On International Biodiversity Day, members of Center for Environment/Friends of the Earth Bosnia & Herzegovina visited the cave Mišarica near Banja Luka to highlight the insufficient protection and preservation of the highly biodiverse subterranean cave ecosystems, unfortunately threaten with destruction.
Activists from across the Friends of the Earth Europe network stood in solidarity today with local campaigners resisting controversial oil and gas exploration in Woodburn Forest, Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast.
Bulgaria is set to defy EU nature laws by building a motorway through a spectacular gorge regarded as one of the most valuable conservation sites in Europe.
The 17-kilometre Kresna Gorge is a stunning deep valley in southwestern Bulgaria that boasts more than 3,500 species of flora and fauna, including snakes, turtles and bats found nowhere else in Europe. Renowned for its golden eagles, griffon vultures, brown bears and wolves, this national treasure is also an important site for tourism and small-scale agriculture, providing vital support to the local economy.
For ten days, locals and young activists, led by Young Friends of the Earth Norway, have been peacefully occupying machinery to prevent test drilling at a mining site near Førde fjord, west Norway. In April last year, the Norwegian government doomed another of its world famous fjords, Førde fjord, by granting permission to Nordic Mining to mine Engebø mountain for rutile ore, and for the waste to be dumped into the nearby pristine fjord.
The government of Norway has doomed another of their world famous fjords to destruction by allowing the dumping of toxic waste from a copper mine into the Repparfjord Arctic fjord, reports Naturvernforbundet/Friends of the Earth Norway.