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Refugee crisis: the fences built across Europe are threatening wildlife, too

09 Jan

In 1989, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the removal of border fences along the edges of the former Soviet Union wasn’t only the first step in today’s borderless Europe where citizens are able to travel more freely. It also created the backbone of the so-called European Green Belt: a movement for environmental protection of the natural areas that characterized the region of the former regime.Starting from the border between Finland and Russia, conservationist groups developed the belt southward, working to preserve wildlife and ecosystems around the former fences throughout eastern Europe and the Balkans, till it reached the borders between Albania and Greece, and between Bulgaria and Turkey, before ending in the Mediterranean and Black seas.

Source: Refugee crisis: the fences built across Europe are threatening wildlife, too — Quartz

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