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Save the Icelandic Highlands

The Icelandic Highlands form one of the largest territories in Europe, south of the Arctic Circle, which has never been inhabited or cultivated. Over the last few decades, the Highlands have been under siege, threatened by increasing pressure to build power plants, paved roads, and power lines.

The Highlands are now encouraging people from all over the world to sign a petition to support Landvernd’s demand that the Highlands - the heart of Iceland - should be spared the proposed construction.

Save the Icelandic Highlands - Petition

The Icelandic Highlands form one of the largest territories in Europe, south of the Arctic Circle, which has never been inhabited or cultivated. The area is renowned for its unparalleled geology and geomorphology; pristine oases in the midst of an exceptionally contrasting landscape that is formed by a unique combination of fire and ice. Therefore, the Icelandic Highlands are considered one of the last great wildernesses in Europe.

Over the last few decades, the Highlands have been under siege, threatened by increasing pressure to build power plants, paved roads, and power lines. Specifically, there are proposals to make a paved road across Kjölur plateau, another paved road across Sprengisandur plateau along with high-voltage power lines, and Icelandic power companies are preparing to build at least four power plants in the Highlands. In a Capacent-Gallup poll in 2011, the majority of respondents (56%) said they favored a national park in the Highlands. The proposed projects would thus be at odds with the will of the nation. In addition, more than 80% of foreign tourists say that the Icelandic nature is their main reason for visiting Iceland.

Please sign this petition, and thereby support Landvernd’s demand that the Highlands - the heart of Iceland - should be spared the proposed construction.

Cick Here to Sign the Petition

 

Proposed Construction

Despite the stated goals and policies of the Icelandic government for the protection of wilderness areas, these areas have consistently been under seige. A recent study at the University of Iceland shows that they decreased by 68% from 1936 to 2010. It is very important to stop this trend and protect those areas that are still unspoiled. Nevertheless, there are plans for power plants, paved roads and power lines in the region.

Calling all Iceland-nature lovers

Click here to visit the official page where you can read more about the project and sign the petition.

 

Source: www.heartoficeland.org

 

 
Last modified onWednesday, 15 January 2014 14:42
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