What we do

The Danube and Carpathian ecoregions are priority ecoregions requiring a cross-border approach for nature conservation. They are not only a core part of the Greater Black Sea region, one of WWF International's 35 priority ecoregions and one of 14 priorities for the WWF Freshwater programme. One of the special features of the Danube-Carpathian region is its wilderness – relatively large, intact natural areas like the Southwestern Carpathians, Maramures in Romania and the Danube Delta in Romania and Ukraine.

CONSERVATION HOTSPOTS:

WWF-CEE  focusses its conservation efforts on a number of priority conservation areas with special significance, as they are among the very last intact areas of their size left in Europe.

  • Saved in the folds of the Iron Curtain – On the borders between Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the Morava-Dyje wetlands are among the richest in Central Europe. 
  • Europe’s first five-country protected area - The confluence of the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers - the "Amazon of Europe" - is  a major biodiversity hotspot and is set to be protected in Europe's first five -country protected area.
  • Europe's last wilderness - The South-Western Carpathians are Europe's greatest remaining area of intact forests and wilderness outside of Northern Scandinavia and Russia, home to two-thirds of European populations of brown bear, wolves and lynx.
  • Old-growth forests and traditional farming - The Balkan Range in Bulgaria and Serbia is the main watershed between the Black Sea and the Aegean covered with centuries-old forests of beech, spruce and fir interspersed with traditional farming communities.
  • Vibrant mosaic of nature and culture - The area of Maramures on the border of Romania and Ukraine presents a rich mosaic of meadows and forests and vibrant cultural traditions. 
  • Sturgeons - including 7 m-long giant belugas - once migrated up the Danube as far as Germany - now on the brink of extinction.
  • The Lower Danube and the Danube Delta are world's largest reed bed and globally important breeding/feeding areas for fish/fowl. 

 

Morava-Dyje floodplains

Morava-Dyje floodplains

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Amazon of Europe

Amazon of Europe

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Lynx in Hungarian forests

Lynx in Hungarian forests

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Bear in South-Western Carpathians

Bear in South-Western Carpathians

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Old-Growth Forest in Maramures, RO

Old-Growth Forest in Maramures, RO

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Maramures landscape, RO

Maramures landscape, RO

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