Discussion on the Děčín weir in the Elbe River Valley between the city of Ústí nad Labem and the Czech-German border resulted in an imaginary barrier between the supporters of two opposite opinions (environment protection v. ship transport). Meantime, the roots of the controversy became less clear. Nevertheless, the goal should be the same for both the groups, i.e. to save ship transport on the Elbe River in the Czech Republic from a possible collapse or even to allow its further development. For more details, see the article by Václav Budínský and Jaroslav Kubec.
In addition to „traditional“ invasive alien species (IAS), other new species arrive in the Czech Republic every year, possessing the risk to become invasive and requiring huge amounts of money for their control and eradication if they are feasible. Thus, raising awareness of the topic among the general public is really crucial. Tomáš Görner reports that at the beginning of 2014, the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic launched a new webpage (invaznidruhy.nature.cz), providing comprehensive information on IAS including methodologies and guidelines on their mapping, control and eradication and an advice what to do when finding some IAS in the field.
In 2006, it seemed that most of African and Asian rhinoceros species have overcome the most critical moments in facing the danger of extinction. In that year, “only” 60 rhinos were poached. Moreover, due to continuing marketing in South-east Asia, where rhino horn is erroneously believed to contain beneficial medical properties, even against cancer. Thus, one kilogram of rhino horn can fetch a price higher than gold or cocaine on the black market. Thus, rhino species are again quickly pushed to the brink of extinction by skyrocketing poaching. The Czech Republic is a major transit point for rhino horn trafficking: public authorities have in recent years seized rhino horns worth an estimated CZK 100 million (approx. USD 5 million). František Pelc describes the event at the Dvůr Králové nad Labem Zoological Garden in September 2014, the first-ever rhino horn burn in the European Union and a part of “Burn Horns, Save Rhinos” campaign.