A local referendum will take place this weekend to save the cultural and natural heritage of the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik – which is under threat from plans to build a golf resort on the Srdj plateau above the city. Friends of the Earth Croatia is calling on local citizens to reject the plan, which has links to alleged corruption and tax evasion, will come at the expense of local citizens, and will permanently damage Dubrovnik's international reputation.
Friends of the Earth Bulgaria (Za Zemiata) expressed dismay last week at the Bulgarian government's plans to reduce restrictions on economic development in Pirin national park. Two letters were sent to the Supreme Expert Environmental Council at the Ministry of Environment and Waters.
The Czech parliament is opening the doors of the Czech Republic's most prized national park to logging and development, according to Friends of the Earth Czech Republic. The first steps were taken last week towards enacting new legislation that could bring about the end of Šumava's status as a national park.
Environmental groups have warned that European policy on forests risks being greenwashed at the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-3) which starts on January 28 in Antalya, Turkey.
HYDERABAD, INDIA - The International biodiversity talks comes to a close today with a focus on false solutions to biodiversity loss and favoring corporate polluters over people and the planet.
One of the main themes at the talks was the 'financialization' of nature – a way for corporations to plunder the planet while making profits.
The cultural and natural heritage of the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik is under threat from plans to build a golf resort on the Srdj plateau above the city – an area of mixed forest and agricultural land.
The Srdj plateau sits within the city of Dubrovnik, just above the medieval city, and UNESCO cultural heritage site. For over ten years, there have been plans to build a golf resort on the plateau, with support from some locals, to boost tourism.
The natural heritage of the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik is threatened by plans to build a hydroelectric power-plant at the source of city's river Ombla – a potential Natura 2000 area with rich biodiversity, and the source of drinking water for Dubrovnik city.
Friends of the Earth Croatia, Friends of the Earth Europe and local citizen's initiative Srđ je naš, expressed concern at a press conference today, calling for greater public participation in the project.
The Welsh government announced a National Pollinator Action Plan today in response to Friends of the Earth's campaign, The Bee Cause, to help protect Britain's bees.
The push in Government for the Plan was headed by Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths after talks with Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause team, which has been campaigning in England and Wales for National Bee Action Plans.
Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.
To mark the official start of the Rio +20 summit, campaigners from Friends of the Earth France/Les Amis de la Terre held an alternative people's summit in Paris, outside the stock exchange. The people's summit formed part of the Global Day of Action, and supported real social and ecological justice and opposed the commodification of nature. The event was held in solidarity with the thousands of people who marched for climate justice and against the 'green economy' today in Rio.