Sustainable land usage in Tiszatarján
We have been working together with Tiszatarján, that is located in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, since 2007. With the help of a model based on sustainable wetland usage, Tiszatarján wants to find a common solution to two complex, local problems: the serious social issues of the town and the problem of land deterioration due to intensive agricultural use, climate change and biodiversity loss caused by invasive species.
The main goals of this project is to provide both theoretical and technical knowledge for natural forest management, to establish a platform for sharing experiences and to ensure that the Natura 2000 objectives are achieved. Objective is to improve the conservation status of the Natura 2000 forest sites in Hungary, by identifying, developing and implementing a set of tools that support skills development,active communication and cooperation of the key stakeholders.
The main objectives are to elaborate and maintain an exemplary conservation-oriented habitat management scheme and improve the status of natural habitats on the Shooting and Training Range of Táborfalva and the Turjános Nature reserve of Dabas. ’Turjános’ refers to the vegetation found on soggy, waterlogged areas, which gave its name to the whole project area and the Natura 2000 site as well. The project is financed by the European Union’s LIFE – Nature programme.
The components of the LENA project led by WWF Hungary (TRAFFIC) focus on the promotion of biodiversity conservation through improved resource management of commercially wild-collected plants, using the FairWild Standard as a best practice approach. This will also help to improve livelihoods for the local communities involved and create long-term benefits by increasing knowledge and skills of harvesters in sustainable harvesting techniques and application of fair trade requirements. The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPA II) and the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI).
Drava is a hotspot of rare natural habitats, as it is the least regulated river in Hungary. With the help of the European Union’s LIFE programme’s financial grant, a 4-year-long project could start in 2014 to protect one of the oxbows, Old-Drava in Barcs.. The project aims to improve the water supply of the oxbow and the condition of the narrow, but very valuable forests on the floodplain.
Tree surveying at Normafa
Normafa is Budapest’s ‘green bastion’, which is a great place for hiking not only because of the breathtaking scenery, but because of its enormous and beautiful beech and oak trees too. In order to assess the environmental threats posed by a proposed skii centre, WWF Hungary started a field project to survey the old trees at Normafa.
Our project’s main goal is to research the Carpathian region’s North Hungarian Mountains’ forests and important forest dwelling animal groups (bats, insects, cavity dweller birds) and assess their condition, to ensure the protection of the Natura 2000 territories and species and also to strenghten sustainability in forest management practices.
Protection of large carnivores in forests
Carnivores have vital roles all around the world: their feeding regulates the number of herbivores in the area, thus prevents game species from spawning and maintains healthy populations. For the protection of carnivores and against their illegal hunting WWF Hungary does everything it can, using different approaches.
WWF and The Coca-Cola Company are working on a new seven year partnership to restore vital wetlands and floodplains along the River Danube and its tributaries in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Austria. The ambitious project aims to increase the river capacity by the equivalent of 4,800 Olympic sized swimming pools (12 million m³) and to restore over 7,422 football pitches worth of wetland habitat (53 km²) by 2020.
On the Eart Hour, established by WWF, several cities, instutions, corporations and households of the world go black for an hour to symbolically support the importance of the fight against climate change. Each year, on the last Saturday of March, the turn-off starts at 20.30 pm. Hungary is involved in this initiative since 2008.
In Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia, along the Danube, Drava and Mura rivers we work to create a UNESCO biosphere reserve in the frame of the Man and the Biosphere Programme. It will be the first trans-boundary nature reserve that embraces 5 countries.
Healthy freshwater habitats not only provide home to diverse flora and fauna, but are indispensable for human survival as well. In Europe, thousands of people celebrate living rivers with a simultaneous huge splash into the closest river or lake, each year in July.
Hundreds of NGOs, including WWF, Friends of the Earth and Birdlife, launched a joint movement to prevent the Europian Commission from going through with the deregulation agenda. Hungary’s three biggest environmental NGOs, MTVSZ, MME and WWF were the respresentives of the movement on national level. 1089 Budapest, Győrffy István utca 1/E hey encourage everyone to take part in the social consultation.
Green Generation Mentoring Programme
This programme was established by WWF Hungary with the support of Toyota Fund for Europe and targets elementary and secondary school students between the age of 14 and 16. The programme will be carried out between May 2015 and March 2016 and its main objective is to engage the attendees in environmental issues in the long run and also to develop their creativity.
The initiative to establish the Day of Hungarian Nature was supported by almost 15.000 people. Therefore, the event was established. The first day was held on the 22nd of May, in Budapest, on Margaret Island and was hosted by Holdudvar, where numerous interesting programmes and games were entertaining the public between 10.00 am and 17.00 pm.
Human intervention caused the sedimentation of the side-branch around Liberty Island, which was an exceptionally rich habitat once. The artificially enclosed river branch’s rehabilitaion was carried out by appropriate engineering methods, carefully planned interventions and hopefully, the future of the surrounding ecosystems’s richness and health has been secured for decades to come.