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Romanias forests supported by more than 200 places!

So far, we have collected more than 200 photos from various locations in more than 30 countries as an international symbol for the preservation of the ancient forests of Romania!

Especially in the current fight against the climate and ecosystem crisis, the preservation of our forests is extremely important. In Romania, there are still large areas of old growth forests, many parts of which are real virgin forests. These forests are not only habitat for many species, but also large CO2 storages and play an important role in climate protection.

We designed two stickers from our campaign to protect these wild forests and asked people from around the world to send us photos with these stickers. So together we can set a sign that the primeval and old-growth forests of Romania must be preserved. We have already received more than 200 photos from over 30 countries from all over the world: For example from Australia, Thailand, Montenegro, Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, the USA, Canada, Iceland and Greenland.  These Show very diverse places such as urban areas, well-known sights , nature, landscapes or street art.

Many thanks to all who have already sent us photos. We continue to collect photos, please send them to: act4romanianforests@euronatur.org

Here are some examples of the photos as well as videos:

 

USA – San Fransisco
SENEGAL – Bambey
THAILAND – Ao Nang
BRAZIL – Copacabana
USA – New York
UK – Edinbourgh
RWANDA – Muhanga
RWANDA – Muhanga
PORTUGAL- Porto
PORTUGAL – Lisbon
PORTUGAL – Coimbra
PORTUGAL – Lisbon
PORTUGAL – Coimbra
NEPAL – Mount Everest

   

MONTENEGRO – Ulcinj
MONTENEGRO – Podgorica
LATVIA – Riga
LATVIA – Riga

       

ITALY – Milano
ITALY – Florence

       

ITALY – Florence
ITALY – Bergamont
ITALY – Bergamont
GREENLAND – Nuuk
GREECE – Naxos
 
GREECE – Athens
 
FRANCE – Paris
LITHUANIA – Vilnius
GERMANY – Radolfzell
GERMANY – Stuttgart
FRANCE – Paris
SWITZERLAND – Rheinfälle
UK – Edinbourgh
TURKEY – Istanbul

 

Romania rebuked for insufficiently protecting the World Heritage ‘Beech Forests’

++ World Heritage Committee criticises management of primeval beech forests in Romania ++ Committee’s appraisal applies to the World Heritage property as a whole, including its German parts ++

Some of Romania’s primeval forests are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Nevertheless logging continues in these areas. © Matthias Schickhofer / EuroNatur
Radolfzell/Bucharest/Baku. The World Heritage Committee finds very clear words: Romania has to improve protection of its old-growth and primeval beech forests. At its 43rd session in Baku, the World Heritage Committee urged Romania to live up to its responsibility for the World Heritage property. Logging must remain strictly prohibited within the World Heritage areas and should also be banned from the so-called buffer zones surrounding the areas. The nature conservation organisations EuroNatur and Agent Green had documented and made public numerous logging operations in buffer zones. Failures of individual governments have an impact on the entire World Heritage property, which extends over twelve countries, including Germany.

“We have to fear that this extraordinary World Heritage site will soon be classified as ‘endangered’ – and this would include the German parts. The management of the Romanian areas has not improved in recent years, and now there’s a pressing need to take remedial action. The World Heritage Committee is already entering escalation level 1 by announcing to carry out a re-assessment of the World Heritage areas. We hope that this pressure will finally make the Romanian government rethink. Romania is hosting an ancient forest treasure that has long been lost almost everywhere else in Europe”, says EuroNatur CEO Gabriel Schwaderer.

Background information:
The transnational World Heritage property “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe” comprises a total of 78 areas in twelve countries covering some 92,000 hectares. Romania’s parts (around 24,000 hectares) were recognised as a World Heritage in 2017. https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1133

Contact:
Anja Arning, E-Mail: anja.arning(at)euronatur.org, Tel.: +49 (0)7732 – 92 72 13

Some of Romania’s primeval forests are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Nevertheless logging continues in these areas. © Matthias Schickhofer / EuroNatur

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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