Threatened forests along the Danube river saved in Bulgaria
A legislative amendment in Bulgaria in October 2012 opened up for clear-cutting in the riparian forest areas along the Danube river, despite the risk of negative environmental impact and despite the fact that some of the areas have been identified as protected areas by the EU’s Natura 2000 network. Six months of hard policy work from WWF and other NGOs has paid off - the amendment was dropped and 4,500 hectares of forest are now safe and cannot be felled.
A riparian forest is a forested area of land adjacent to a body of water such as a river, stream, pond, lake, marshland, estuary, canal, sink or reservoir. These forests are home to huge biodiversity, but they have often also a large economic importance: if properly managed they form a barrier against floods, landslides and disasters.
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