Save the Fertő lake is a public campaign to preserve both the natural and cultural heritage of Fertő lake / Neusiedler See - Seewinkel from destructive tourism development. This is a non-political campaign aiming simply to save the natural and cultural heritage of the lake for future generations. No funding received from any governments, private funds or companies to run this website!


27 November 2020 Radio interview in Klub radio in Hungary

8 October 2020 The press release of the 73 Hungarian Cicil Society Organisations about their joint statement in relation to guarantee protection to our great lakes including the Fertö lake / Neusiedlersee is available in English and in German

7 October 2020 73 Hungarian Civil Society Organisations calls for guaranteeing the protection of large freshwater lakes in Hungary with reference to the obligation as described in the Article P) of the Fundamental Law of Hungary. The joint statement is available in Hungarian and in English

16 September 2020 UNESCO World Heritage Secretariat is concerned of the development of the Hungarian government. Its concerns in compliance with paragraph 174 of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, has been transmitted to the relevant national authorities for review and comments. See letter here

9 September 2020 access to information about the building permission inside the Fertő-Hanság National Park is denied by the responsible county authority (see the letter here)! An appeal was submitted to the National Data protection and Freedom of Information Authority. The denial of accessing the information means a breach of the Aarhus Convention, which Hungary is a party of. This Convention provides the right of everyone to receive environmental information that is held by public authorities (see more information about the convention here)

4 September 2020 transboundary impact is not expected from the investment says the County Administrative Office of GYMS. This statement is based on a 1,5 page chapter, which only praise the investment as an attraction for tourists. The document is available here (laugh about it) 

2 September 2020 Hungarian officials notoriously seem to lie about the investment at the shore of Fertő lake. See an example of Burgenland representatives responding on fake news in Hungary here and most recent not telling the truth by Attila Barcza Hungarian MP on his facebook page

7 August 2020 30 organisations from 20 countries submitted a letter to UNESCO WH Secretariat and called for inscribing the Ferto / Neusiedlersee cultural WH site on the list of endangered sites

31 July 2020 the II phase of investment received its building permission

5 June 2020 World Heritage Watch 2020 report (in English, page 96) includes the case of Fertő / Neusiedler see with a clear warning to UNESCO about the conservation status being threatened by unjustified tourism and real estate development

9 April 2020 Pressure on UNESCO increases to inscribe the Fertő/Neusiedler See on the red list of World Heritage Sites. News from the Austrian Kurier (in German)

11 March 2020 The public procurement for constructing some elements linked to tourism development was launched! As there is an ongoing investigation whether or not the investment meet the requirement of EU Habitats and Birds Diretives, the procurement should be suspended until the European Commission's decision

26 February 2020 Sándor Ronai MEP asked a written question entitled "Potential loss of freshwater habitats along the Fertő lake" from the European Commission in relation to the Hungarian government's planned investment in Fertő lake. The full question and the European Commission's answer are available here

19 February 2020 Márton Gyöngyösi MEP asked a written question entitled "Sustainability proofing of tourism development on the Hungarian side of lake Fertő" from the European Commission. The EC is due to respond in 30 days. The full question and the European Commission's answer are available here

All aerial  images - if not indicated otherwise -are by Markus Stermeczki kindly provided through Freunde des Neusiedlersees

Images of birds are from Facebook page of Szukitsfotó