60 years of WWF – nature conservation for a small eternity on earth


For exactly 60 years, the local World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been fighting with heavy hearts to save the fauna and flora. Numerous successes in the field of animal welfare have already been celebrated.

Animals large and small have been walking along the path of the local WWF since the founding of the local WWF, which was launched in the fall of 1963. Personal favorite of the author of these lines: The butterflies of Zitzmannsdorf!

Their fate is moving: an Ice Age steppe band once stretched from Central Europe to Siberia. To this day, it has left behind small immigrants, such as the vulnerable butterflies found only in meadows in Burgenland. “My courageous champions managed to save the house from today’s winged witnesses in 1988,” says WWF boss Andrea Johanides happily.

But the eco-success story starts at the “Langen Lacke” on Lake Neusiedler! This natural treasure must make way for a bridge. The still very young WWF was able to prevent the construction project. Today the bird paradise is the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Another eco-coup: the purchase of the 1,200-hectare Marchegg reserve, which is home to Europe’s largest tree-nesting stork colony.

“Krone” founder Dichand helped rescue Auen
But there is still the miracle of Hainburg. In 1984, a mega-power plant threatened to cut off the waterways of these valuable Danube paradises. The WWF quickly started the ‘Save the Au’ campaign. In the December cold, thousands of environmental activists occupy the endangered paradise. “Krone” founder Hans Dichand supported the heroic struggle of hundreds of thousands of readers with his heart and soul. One of the many successes…

Support from abroad
There was also support from Britain’s legendary Prince Philip, who honored both local conservationists and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

“Prince Philip was a passionate conservationist who repeatedly raised his voice to warn us. We will never forget his efforts for the bird paradise Lange Lacke and against the devastating Hainburg power station. “In doing so, he has made a valuable contribution to the current Donauauen National Park,” WWF Lady Johanides gratefully recalls. During his last visit in October 1993 – on the occasion of the WWF’s 30th anniversary – Philip reiterated his personal opposition in legendary words: “There is no variant of a power plant that would be compatible with a national park.”

But the island’s royal family wasn’t the only nobleman the WWF honored. At the opening of the Marchegg floodplain reserve in 1970, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, president of the World Wildlife Fund, honored local panda activists.

Source: Krone


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