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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

 

Large majority in EU supports call for better global forest protection, new poll shows

Among all EU citizens, Romanians show strongest attachment to forests and their protection

On May 21, 2019, the international non governmental organization Fern (Brussels) published a new YouGov survey documenting the very high importance of forest conservation for the EU population: 87 percent of EU respondents favour new laws to combat global forest destruction.

The majority of respondents say that neither their national governments (66 percent) nor the EU (61 percent) do enough to fight global deforestation. 91% of Europeans and 96% of people in Romania are concerned about forests and wildlife. 88% of respondents in Romania said that their government is not doing enough to combat global forest destruction.

Romanians show a clear lead with 82% of people “strongly agree” with the statement “I really care about forests & wildlife”— by far the highest in the EU, noticeably higher than other countries.

Also, in Romania, 86% of people “strongly agree” with the statement “Deforestation is harmful to the people and wildlife that live in the affected areas”.  This is a much higher score than in other countries, suggesting most Romanians are very much aware of and concerned about the enormous level of forest destruction occurring in their country.

In Slovakia, where forest destruction is also a major issue in the public, it was 69% of people agreeing with this statement, one of the highest in the EU (alongside Bulgaria and Spain)

This results show that people are much more eager to care about forests when they actually still have them in their country – as in Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, which still have significant tracts of natural forests. 

Furthermore, the numbers went  strongly against the common stereotype that it is only “wealthier” people who care about the environment: the countries with the lowest levels of people saying they “strongly agreed” with “I really care about forest & wildlife” were German, the Netherlands, and Denmark. 

Also, in massively forested but wealthy countries like Sweden or Finland, the numbers were much lower than in forested but poorer countries like Romania, Slovakia & Bulgaria.  

On 6th of May, the UN’s World Biodiversity Council – IPBES had cited climate protection as being of equally important than biodiversity preservation and restoration – in a seminal report warning about the threat of mass extinction and loss of natural ecosystems.

The IPBES results and the poll responses make clear, with a view to the forthcoming EU elections, that forest conservation is a an important piece of homework for the EU and its policies. 

Thus it is very important to participate in the election to the European Parliament and to strengthen environmental protection and nature conservation in the EU.

 

Romania hosts the largest natural forest remains within the EU, but no sufficient action is taken neither by the Romanian government nor by the EU to stop the progressing logging bulldozers…

 

 

 

 

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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