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Save Paradise Forests - Protection of primary forests in Romania

A project from EuroNatur - Stiftung Europäisches Naturerbe
in Romania

Large, untouched forests have survived in the Romanian Carpathian mountains. But in recent years, tens of thousands of hectares of primary forests have been logged and destroyed. Please help us to protect these Paradise Forests from deforestation!

M. Bell
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About this project

Virgin forests do not only grow in the amazon or on the islands of Indonesia; there are still a few in Europe left. Large, untouched forests have survived in the Romanian Carpathian mountains.
 
But the deforestation of primary and natural forests in the Romanian Carpathians is progressing at an almost unstoppable pace. As a result, this unique European natural heritage is in danger of disappearing. The forests, which have grown over centuries, are host to a wide variety of rare animal and plant species. These forests also store large amounts of carbon. As such, they also make a significant contribution to climate protection. 

Yet even in national parks and other protected areas, timber is being felled illegally and on a large scale. In order to put an end to this ruthless exploitation, EuroNatur and Romanian nature conservation organisation  Agent Green launched the SaveParadiseForests campaign in 2016. 

What EuroNatur and its partners are doing to protect primary forests and what we have been able to achieve together:

  • Identifying primary and natural forest areas: Forests of outstanding importance for biodiversity and climate protection have been identified in the Romanian Carpathians. The PRIMOFARO study commissioned by EuroNatur is, for the first time, providing precise figures on the number of hectares of potential primary and natural forest which still exists in Romania. At over half a million hectares, it is a huge natural treasure. However, the study also shows the enormous scale of the deforestation and destruction of these valuable forests.
     
  • Placing forest areas under protection: We have worked to ensure that the Romanian government expands its national forest inventory. In its last revision, 14,000 hectares had been added compared with the previous year’s data. This included the pristine Boia Mica Valley, one of the wildest spots in Europe. Despite this success, the increase to the forest inventory was still far too small.
      
  • Arguing in court: With our help, our Romanian partners have been able to initiate and pursue a number of legal actions against illegal logging and have already won some of them. For example, we have already succeeded in getting some logging permits withdrawn and have thus been able to save a large number of forest areas from deforestation. In November 2020, the Court of Appeal in Bucharest granted us the right to access management plans for state owned and private forests. We had often been denied this, in violation of the EU directive on public access to environmental information.

Please get involved in this critical campaign to save Romania’s forests, share campaign information, participate in actions and events and support our work through a kind donation.

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Large, untouched forests have survived in the Romanian Carpathian mountains. But in recent years, tens of thousands of hectares of primary forests have been logged and destroyed. Please help us to protect these Paradise Forests from deforestation!

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betterplace.org is the largest German donation platform. Since 2007 we have been helping people, aid organizations and companies to do good. All projects on betterplace.org are non-profit. Since we ourselves also do not work for profit, our platform is free of charge for the projects.
2007founded
12,500non-profit organisations
185m €for a good cause
Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (Logo)