Loss of Biodiversity

NATURE CONSERVATION AT RISK (Slovakia) Category: Loss of Biodiversity

YRE Competition 2022
2nd Place - reportage video
19-25 years old

By Mária Jánošíková

The area around the cottage hamlet of Čierny Potok among the Súľovské Rocks in Slovakia is ranked at the fourth level of protection. Yet, reducing the level of protection to level two is being considered. This would allow for greater and irreversible interventions in the environment.

 This endangered area with insufficient environmental protection is not unique in Slovakia. There are other areas at risk, including the Tatra Mountains.

Under the legislation it is only allowable to reduce the level of protection if the subject matter of protection ceases to exist, which has not happened in this case. The Súľovské Rocks are home to many legally protected species, including the Late Spider Orchid [Ophrys holubyana] and the Fly Orchid [Ophrys insectefera L.], which are among the most valuable species of orchids.

Video, 19-25 years

1st Place

Title: In the Mediterranean, human beings and technology mobilised against ghost nets

Country: France

2nd Place

Title: Nature Conservation at Risk

Country: Slovakia

FOOTBRIDGES AN (IN)SUSTAINABLE TOURISM? (Portugal) Category: Loss of Biodiversity

YRE Competition 2022
3rd Place - reportage video
15-18 years old

By Bruna Silva, Cátia Oliveira, Daniela Teixeira, Inês Sousa, Jéssica Costa, Pedro Freitas, Tânia Ribeiro, Teresa Gonçalves

On the beach, by the river or in the mountains, there is no shortage of walkways for walking or running. It was in the 1980s that the construction of these structures, usually in wood, began in Portugal. The walkways began as a way of protecting the dunes from trampling and preventing erosion. But in recent years, the footbridges have multiplied, following the growing trend of Nature Tourism. The ease of access has meant that they are now regarded mainly as recreational equipment. But what impacts does the construction and use of footbridges have? How can these be minimised?

Video, 15-18 years

1st Place

Title: If we don't see it, we don't believe it

Country: Belgium

2nd Place

Title: Digital Pollution

Country: South Korea

2nd Place

Title: 57,4 Millions

Country: France

3rd Place

Title: Footbridges, an (in)sustainable tourism?

Country: Portugal