CrisisWatch

Biodiversity & natural resources

Mining and hydrocarbon rush infect crisis-hit states

As PIGS are fast-tracking approval procedures for all kinds of investments, resource extraction (primarily gold mining and hydrocarbon exploration in sensitive marine areas) is promoted as the spearhead in the effort of economically troubled states to revive their battered economies.  Amidst local protests and demonstrations of thousands against the approval of gold mining operations in Chalkidiki, another investment is in the pipeline. In Evro...
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Dramatic decline of Greek mountain tea

Scientists from the National Agricultural Research Foundation ring the alarm of natural herb depletion, apparently as a result of the economic crisis. During the last two years illegal harvesting of mountain tea (Sideritis raiseri and Sideritis clandestina) and oregano (Thymus spp.) has skyrocketed....
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Austerity undermines wildfire combating & forestry in Spain too…

Having affected important protected areas, including many national parks, this summer’s wildfires that scorched almost 150,000 hectares, revealed the difficulties that the Spanish Fire Brigade is facing due to the serious budget cuts.  Important woodland areas, including parts of the national parks of Garajonay in Canary Islands and Cabañeros National Park in Central Spain, were lost to the flames. ...
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Forests

Greece: In a last-minute amendment submitted in Parliament in the context of a draft law on the acceleration of the procedures of justice administration, the penalty for illegal logging was reduced from felony to misdemeanour status. The financial penalty remained low. In combination with the inability of the...
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