Like its currency, Europe’s indigenous animals know no borders. That means a coordinated effort is required to stem the continent’s rapidly diminishing biodiversity – a result of man’s spreading influence. At a meeting in Kiev held last May, Europe’s ministers of the environment promised just that, pledging to curb the current rate of loss within seven years time. It’s an ambitious goal that could cost more than
†7.5 billion (US$9.5 billion), since the region supports 200,000 species of invertebrates, 520 birds, 250 mammals, 230 fish, 200 reptiles and 70 amphibians.
Wild Europeans is a 4 x 30-minute series from Mainz-based Marco Polo Film that will examine Europe’s varied wildlife.
The first episode concentrates on Europe’s icy regions, the second on the Carpathians in Romania – home to Europe’s only primary forest and a habitat key to the survival of large mammals such as wolves, bears and lynx. Episode three looks at the Camargue. Although known for its dusty plains populated by buffalo, the area also supports swamplands that host herons and even flamingoes. The final episode looks at Germany’s Green Belt, a strip of land that divided West from East. Once littered with an estimated 1.3 million land mines, it nevertheless sheltered countless species, including otters and greenbacks.
Through narration, the series will link DigiBeta and HD footage partly sourced from Marco Polo Archive’s library. Off The Fence in Amsterdam is distributing the †450,000 ($572,000) documentary, which will air on Vox in Germany. The European commission is also a funding partner.
Delivery is set for September. KB