The Danube, the longest river in the European Union, and its most significant tributaries, the Mura and Drava, have lost 80% of their floodplains and wetlands due to human interventions over the past 150 years. The construction of numerous hydropower plants has changed the character of rivers, especially in Austria and Slovenia, resulting in reduced biodiversity and water quality and less ability to accept flood waves, leading to more frequent devastating floods.WWF Adria, together with numerous partners from state institutions and the non-governmental sector, is implementing several projects to improve the condition of rivers. Part of it is financed from European funds such as IPA, Interreg or LIFE program, all with the aim of restoring degraded habitats and connecting responsible institutions and protected areas in the area of the future Transboundary Biosphere Reserve “Mura-Drava-Danube”, also known as “European Amazon”. , which lays the foundations for modern and sustainable river management in Croatia. “The area of the Mura, Drava and Danube, exceptional and untouched rivers, with floodplain forests and backwaters, offers a home to many protected and endangered species, such as otter and beaver, bald eagle, sturgeon or Danube salmon. Although foreigners already know this region by exceptional nature, and we should value our nature more and take the obligation to protect it more seriously. species that depend on them “, points out Petra Remeta, head of the freshwater program at WWF Adria. WWF Adria zajedno s partnerima provodi dva EU projekta u području „Europske Amazone“. U projektu DRAVA LIFE zajedno s Hrvatskim vodama rade na obnovi staništa rijeke Drave, kako bi poboljšali njenu dinamiku i stvorili nova staništa za iznimno ugrožene vrste kao što su mala čigra i bregunica. Kroz projekt coop MDD, koji financira Dunavski Interreg program, stvaraju se temelji suradnje između zaštićenih područja u svih pet država, a stvorit će se mreža Škola uz rijeke, u kojima će lokalno stanovništvo i turisti moći saznati više o tom području i vrstama koje u njemu žive. “Protecting the ‘European Amazon’ is one of WWF Adria’s top priorities. Therefore, we welcome the news of the decision of the International Coordination Council of the UNESCO program “Man and the Biosphere” to include the Bačka Podunavlje in Serbia on the World List of Biosphere Reserves. This gives us the third part of the puzzle in the creation of the cross-border Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube, which will once join parts in Austria and Slovenia, become the largest protected river area in Europe, “concludes Remeta.
Shkodran Mustafi goes up against his former side (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)When is Arsenal vs Valencia?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe match is on Thursday 2 May with kick-off at 8pm at the Emirates.What TV channel is Arsenal vs Valencia on and is there a live stream?BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7.15pm.Subscribers can stream the action on BT Sport Player or watch on the BT Sport app.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalTeam newsAaron Ramsey and Denis Suarez are out with hamstring and groin problems respectively.However, Emery should have Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal available after injury.Valencia are without Geoffrey Kondogbia and Denis Cheryshev through injury.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)To win matchEVS Arsenal12/5 Draw29/10 ValenciaTo Qualify8/11 Arsenal11/10 ValenciaMORE: Jamie Carragher sends warning to Luis Suarez ahead of Barcelona’s trip to LiverpoolMORE: Virgil Van Dijk reacts to Liverpool’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona Phil HaighThursday 2 May 2019 11:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Arsenal boss Unai Emery managed Valencia from 2008-2012 (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Arsenal begin their Europa League semi-final tie with Valencia with the home leg at the Emirates on Thursday night.It has been a disappointing week for English clubs in Europe so far, with Spurs and Liverpool losing Champions League matches with Ajax and Barcelona respectively, but Arsenal fans could not care less if they beat the Spaniards.Gunners boss Unai Emery is facing his former club after taking charge of over 200 Valencia games from 2008-12.There are plenty of connections between the clubs with Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi being signed from the La Liga side, while Valencia have former Gunners Gabriel Paulista and Francis Coquelin in their ranks.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal vs Valencia TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news for Europa League semi-final Comment Advertisement