Forests in Romanian national parks are being destroyed by illegal logging and construction. What are the plans of the Ministry of Environment?

The Ministry of Environment wants to increase these areas that can not be interfered with at all to at least 75%, compared to 30-40% as it is now. The first park protected in this way is Domogled – Valea Cernei, the largest national park in Romania, but also one of the hardest hit.

Many photos were taken in 2018 in Dumoglide National Park. It is outrageous that a forester from Romselva was caught illegally chopping timber from the national park and left with a truck loaded, without permission. The case has been reported to the PRO inspector.

In parallel with this slip, reductions have also been allowed in the national parks of our country, contrary to the principles established by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in short IUCN, to which Romania voluntarily joined.

The international standard obligates authorities to protect 75 percent of the surface of national parks, with the rest of the wood left for local communities as firewood, for example. We do not respect him.

Now, the Ministry of Environment has decided that Dumoglide National Park will be the first protected area where large-scale logging will be stopped. And not coincidentally, in Dumoglide National Park – in the Cerna Valley – Romselva agreed to cuts to 57 percent of the forest area, twice what the international standard stipulates.

Tankzos Barna, Minister of the Environment: “It is a recommendation at the European level. Romania accepted it. The deadline that the government’s program assumes 2024, in order to reach the achievements, we have to deal with this.”

Gabriel Boone, Agent Green: “We are glad that we have been asking for it for a long time. This park is one of the largest in Romania, but it is also the most destroyed due to deforestation.”

An area of ​​at least 75 percent would be strictly protected in other national parks. These are Călimani, Bicaz Gorges, Rodna Mountains, Piatra Craiului, Jiu Gorge, Semenic and Ceahlău, a total of 13 in number.

For the measure to enter into force, the Ministry of Environment must organize public discussions in which local authorities, Romselva, NGOs, but also local communities participate.

The population will be directly affected by the ban on logging, since there will be no cheap firewood nearby.

The Ministry of Environment wants to force Romselva to bring firewood at a reasonable price, so that local residents do not illegally cut trees in nearby forests.

Austria is the country to emulate, having placed six of its national parks under strict protection. For 50 years, there has been no logging inside, and the Austrians know how to make millions of euros from ecotourism. It is true that the state has engaged and has not allowed the local communities to sink into poverty.

He gave people compensation and helped them grow a small business, which is today a partner of the national park. Some have boarding houses, others have restaurants, organic farms, or natural juice factories. Park departments send tourists on conveyor belts, and the community is no longer dependent on logging.

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