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European Wildlife Conservation Organization Intensifies Efforts to Preserve Endangered Species of Plants and Animals

18/02/2011 12:39

The European Centre of Biodiversity (ECB), a key project of the European Wildlife conservatin organization, which would act as a "Noah's Ark" of endangered species of plants and animals in Europe has been established.

 

The ECB would be a large non-governmental nature reseravtion, which would provide a natural habitat for a large number of endangered species. It would be based on the purchase of land which farmers have ceased cultivating in recent years because it was no longer economically sustainable. In some areas commercial forests will also be purchased and transformed into forest stand made up of a large variety of native species. The project is also designed to support the European Union’s plan to halt the decrease in biological diversity on the continent by 2020.

 

Key species of European flora and fauna, which are threatened with extinction, would be protected by the ECB. Its development is now underway near the largest forest block in Central Europe that lays on the border of the Czech Republic and Germany. Aim of the European Wildlife is to create a reserve which would be ten times ten kilometres large.

 

“Protecting animals in their natural environment is the most effective method of preserving them for future generations,” says Dalibor Dostal, the director of the European Wildlife conservation organisation. “When we look at areas with the best biodiversity we find that they are situated in the north, east and south of the continent. Consequently, restoration of biodiversity in Central Europe is important in connecting all these isolated populations in the peripheral areas of Europe and restoration of biodiversity in western Europe in the following years.”

 

Through establishing a sufficiently large reserve, the ECB's plan is to create good conditions that will allow large predators and herbivores to migrate over long distances in the years to come, avoiding a continued separation of the individual populations in Europe. The aim is also to slow the onset of climate change, as the newly planted forests will remove around forty thousand tons of CO2  from the atmosphere per year. This is important for species´ adaptation to climate change as it will allow them to migrate to colder regions where they will find better conditions for survival.

 

Recurrent devastating floods, which in recent times have devasted most part of Central Europe, makes the project even more imperative, as the project would play a vital role in preventive measure to reduce risk of flooding.

 

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