Our Natural Europe — making connections
They will complement more technical EEA work on biodiversity, strengthening public understanding and engagement with efforts to maintain and enhance biodiversity and its life-sustaining services.
The ONE stories centre on Eionet experts or the people they serve, presenting a diversity of connections:
- between local and global activities;
- between Eionet experts, the work they do and the people they serve;
- between different aspects of genetic, species and ecosystem diversity;
- between the characters, biodiversity and the wider world through cultural or social activities, arts and literature.
They will highlight the varied ecosystems and biodiversity of Europe and the threats and pressures they face, including habitat fragmentation and destruction, invasive alien species, pollution, over-harvesting and climate change.
The ONE series commences with stories from Finland and Switzerland – on selected forest and agricultural ecosystems respectively. Additional stories from other Eionet countries will be published progressively over coming years.
It's October, it's late in the season and it's been a bad year for mushrooms in Finland. Webcaps, a type of mushroom found particularly in the boreal and temperate forests of northern Europe, are no exception.
It's not quite five in the morning and we're walking along a track in the forest. The moon is high in the sky and provides enough light for us to see where we are going. A wolf howls in the distance. We have come to Poland's Białowieża Forest, the last refuge of the European bison, in the hope of getting a glimpse of this greatly endangered animal in its natural habitat.
Eyüp Yüksel was relaxing in Ankara on a warm autumn day in 2000, drinking tea from a traditional glass cup, when he heard the news that Tuz Gölü — Lake Tuz or Salt Lake — had been declared a protected area. As one of the staff of the Turkish Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas (EPASA) he had been waiting and hoping for this decision but he was still excited to hear the announcement and concerned enough to wonder 'How can we manage such a big area?'
Philippe Mestelan is an agri‑environment officer in the Regional Nature Park of the Bauges Massif in eastern France not far from the borders with Switzerland and Italy. In 2006 he had a great idea to restore the memory of the meadows he remembered from his youth. Inspired by an initiative launched in the German Länder, Philippe set a challenge for the local farmers to improve species diversity in their meadows. Little did he know that his idea would quickly grow into a national and international competition.
There may no longer be cod to fish in the Koster Sea but Evert Taube would be pleased to see that local people are working together to protect and enhance this area through the creation of a new national park. As a result, both locals and visitors can continue to enjoy much of the nature.
It's early September and we are driving south from the Romanian city of Timişoara to try to catch a glimpse of the red-footed falcon (Falco verpertinus). If we are lucky, we hope to see one or two before night-fall.
Bruno Mendes does not own a car. Instead he travels mainly by public transport and rents from a car-share scheme when passenger services are impractical. He is very selective in his shopping, seeking labelled organic products where possible.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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