CrisisWatch

Biodiversity & natural resources

Beach of Es Trenc

The famous beach of “Es Trenc”, a beach of more than four kilometers in the south coast of Mallorca, is endangered by an immense development project promoted as a response to the crisis by the local government of the Balearic Islands. Praised as an important project of "regional interest", the construction of a huge hotel complex, including a giant enclave of 1,200 beds, plus a golf course and multi-sports areas, is planned at the pristine pa...
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Spain madrid assembly

According to a draft law submitted to the Madrid Assembly by the Council for Environment and Land Planning, housing development will be allowed even within the boundaries of protected areas, such as regional parks. Introducing as only criterion the ownership of 10 hectares of land and establishing the procedures of “sustainable rural qualification”, the “city license” and the “special plan”, the President of the Council claims that th...
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National Park of Strophylia and Kotychi Lagoons

The impressive coastal umbrella pine (Pinus pinea) forest of the National Park of  Strophylia and Kotychi Lagoons in W. Peloponnese is under serious threat, due to increased illegal logging operations. The site is protected under the Ramsar Convention and designated as SCI and SPA under the EU’s Habitats and Birds Directives. The particular habitat type (2270 Wooded dunes with Pinus pinea) is listed as priority in Annex I of 92/43/EEC and is o...
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Italy

In the framework of  the legislative consolidation and simplification decree, the Government has suggested a new  classification of “forests” which will exclude from protection a number of ecologically important habitats and areas....
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Greece parnassus

Parnassus, one of the mythical mountains of Greece and home to the Temple of Delphi, the greatest of ancient Greek oracles, has been hosting an illegally built ski resort for at least three decades. In 1938, Parnassus was legally designated a National Park, one of Greece’s first protected areas together with Mount Olympus....
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Forests in Greece

According to mounting news reports, forests are subject to increasing logging pressures for domestic fuel use. WWF Greece conducted a preliminary survey with the local forestry authorities....
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Greece's gold rush

A gold rush is spreading in the Government. Major investment plans in gold extraction, some of which were blocked for years due to their serious environmental impacts, are now approved under the fast track licensing procedure....
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