LONDON/SARAJEVO, April 22 (FENA) – With only four percent of the protected land area, Bosnia and Herzegovina is the country with the smallest percentage of protected nature in Europe.
On the occasion of Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22 in more than 150 countries, SaveOnEnergy website analysed almost 80,000 nationally protected terrestrial areas in Europe, calculating the percentage of protected space per country, to discover who makes the biggest attempt to preserve their natural terrene.
At just 4%, SaveOnEnergy found that Bosnia and Herzegovina is the country with the smallest percentage of protected nature in Europe. Although there are 40 designated sites, they only cover 1,922 km2 of the country’s 192,232 km2 land.
Thanks to protected sites such as Geopark Mëllerdall and Naturpark Our, Luxembourg is the European country with the highest percentage of protected land (76%). Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe (2,586 km2) and is home to just 134 designated areas, but with these areas covering 1,963 km 2 they take first place.
In second place is Slovenia, with 72% of their country’s nature being protected, the country has a whopping 1,891 designated areas.
Protecting just 6% of their terrestrial land, Romania places second to last. Despite having many designated areas, such as Dealul Zackel and Cindrel, they aren’t widely spread across the country.
Completing the bottom five are Serbia, Belgium and Portugal, with just 7%, 8% and 9% of their land protected respectively, announced SaveOnEnergy.