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Vasilijevic M.,ON World | Pezold T.,IUCN Programme Office for South Eastern Europe | Spangenberg A.,EuroNatur Stiftung | Schneider-Jacoby M.,EuroNatur Stiftung | Carius F.,Bundesamt fur Naturschutz Fachgebiet
Natur und Landschaft | Year: 2012

Border areas in the western Balkans are retreat areas for an outstanding variety of plant species and for populations of rare large carnivores. Transboundary conservation efforts are key for preserving the ecological integrity of high mountain ranges, wetlands and water bodies along the borders. Continuing political tensions in some parts of the region count among the many challenges facing crossborder cooperation; others include the lack of funding and political awareness for declaring further transboundary protected areas.

Meinig H.,Haller Strasse 52a | Buschmann A.,Bundesamt fur Naturschutz Fachgebiet | Reiners T.E.,Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut | Neukirchen M.,Bundesamt fur Naturschutz | And 2 more authors.
Natur und Landschaft | Year: 2014

The article sets out the situation of the European or Common Hamster (Cricetus cricetus) in terms of population development and status, habitat quality, range and distribution in Germany. As a species dwelling in arable land it was persecuted for a long time. Nowadays, de spite being strictly protected by European and national law, an enormous decline of populations has been found in Germany and across Europe. This is mainly due to intensified agricultural practices. The current National Report pursuant to Art. 17 of the Habitats Directive finds the status of various evaluation parameters as well as the overall conservation status to be 'insufficient-bad' for the European Hamster. To halt the decline, immediate measures need to be taken. © 2014 W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart.

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