Colourful protests outside Romanian parliament call for protection of virgin forests

On Sunday and Monday, 19th and 20th May 2019, environmentalists from EuroNatur and Agent Green joined with citizens of Bucharest to welcome EU Environment Ministers to Bucharest.

On Sunday, residents of the city, young and old, came together to paint the sidewalk in front of the enormous Romanian parliament building (one of the largest buildings in the world) with pictures and inscriptions calling for the protection of Romania’s magnificent forests. Their messages read that  forests are important habitat, they provide clean air and fresh water and are critical to combat climate change.

With the EU election less than a week away, they showed that it is important to vote and that the EU can and should do a lot to more to ensure the last virgin and old-growth forests of the EU are permanently protected.

Romania’s most famous street artist painted a huge picture in the square right in front of Parliament.

Giant street art and banner calling for forest protection outside Romanian Parliament.

On Monday, activists welcomed EU environment ministers who were meeting in the Parliament. with a banner and a television footage showing the loss from logging in Romania’s forests. A bear held a banner showing a large clear-cut forest with the words “Welcome to Romania” highlighting the situation in the country.

Pedestrians, car drivers and bus passengers all showed their support for forest protection. Passersby stopped, cars honked their horns, and people waved from buses and passenger seats. It was clear that Bucharest residents want to see their forest protected.

For the animals that call these forests home, including bears, wolves and lynx, for the protection of the climate and for all future generations – many young kids who painted on the sidewalk – these forests deserve immediate protection..

We call on the Romanian government with the support of the EU to act quickly to permanently protect these crown jewels of European natural heritage.

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Briefing paper: Romania’s virgin forests — turning tragedy into prosperity

 

A new briefing paper by EuroNatur and Agent Green was published on May 15th 2019.
Romania still hosts thousands of hectares of potential virgin and old-growth forests. Besides their outstanding value as habitat to many species, including wolfs and bears, they play an important role for climate regulation. But still they are being logged in a rapid speed, even in protected areas. The briefing paper gives a good background to the values and threads of these forests, which timber companies profit most from the excessive use and it names necessary measures for the forest´s protection.

 

You can download the leaflet here:

Logging Out – Romania´s virgin Forests – turning tragedy into prosperity

 

 

 

Call on EU Summit in Sibiu: Fight ecosystem crisis, save Romania’s forest treasure

In an open letter, EuroNatur and AgentGreen call on EU leaders to comprehensively protect old growth forests in Romania.

++ Final Conference of the World Biodiversity Council confirms the seriousness of the threats from global biodiversity and ecosystem destruction ++ One of the most urgent measures is the protection of old forests ++ EuroNatur and Agent Green urge the EU heads of government to finally protect the virgin and old growth forests in Romania ++

On the occasion of the EU summit on 9 May 2019 in Sibiu, Romania, the international nature conservation foundation EuroNatur and its Romanian partner organization Agent Green draw attention to the nature conservation drama in the Romanian Carpathians. In an open letter, they call on the heads of state of the European Union to put the continued destruction of Romania’s old growth and primary forests on the agenda of the meeting and to stand up for an to the logging.

“Since Romania’s accession to the European Union, almost half of the primary forests known so far have been cut down. Logging does not even stop at protected areas. All this is happening before the eyes of the Romanian government and the European Union, “says Gabriel Schwaderer, CEO of EuroNatur.

In the final report of the IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – World Biodiversity Council), which was presented on May 6 in Paris, scientists have once again warned of the alarming state of decline of the planet’s biodiversity. They agree that species extinction is no longer just an environmental problem, but that whole ecosystems are becoming unstable, threatening the foundations of food, clean water and fresh air. The protection of primeval and very natural forests is given a high priority by many renowned scientists.

Read more:  Opinion piece by Sir Robert Watson, the chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Giant clearcut in Romania’s Fagaras Mountains Natura 2000 site: IPBES reports warns about global impacts of forest destrcution.