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Nearly three decades of political upheaval have wrought new conservation gains and challenges for former Eastern Bloc states, including Hungary. Paradoxically, mid-90s habitat restoration has steadily declined after admittance into the European Union (EU), even as more dollars for conservation are available. Money is no substitute for commitment to nature.

Velence, Hungary. Photo by Florian Van Duyn.

Hungary's Ecology

According to Roman poets, the forests of Hungary have defeated empires. They assert that the last Roman foray into this impenetrable region met with failure due to the tangled density of the ancient Pannonian trees. Nowadays, industrialization under the Soviets and market enterprise in the new economic regime have successfully (and regretfully) cut away at this legendary canopy. Only commitment to nature, balancing her needs with those of human well-being, will bring these forests back to their natural glory.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


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Making Europe a wilder place, with more space for wild nature, wildlife and natural processes, and exploring new ways for people to enjoy and earn a fair living from the wild.

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Hungarian gray cattle. Photo by Benjamin Balazs.
Hortobágy National Park

Animals have grazed on the grasslands of the Great Hungarian plain since the last ice age. Hortobágy simultaneously protects a rich natural and cultural heritage.

White-tailed eagle. Photo by Bohus Cicel.
Danube-Drava National Park

Black stork and white-tailed eagle call this flood plain home. With over 400 protected plants and animals within its boundaries, Danube-Drava is a cornerstone of Hungarian biodiversity.

Ferto Lake, Hungary. Photo by Balzacs Barnucs.
Fertö-Hanság National Park

Connecting to the Austrian Neusiedler See National Park, this transboundary protected area recognizes that nature transcends national frontiers.

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