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Illegal logging contest in Carpathians last virgin forests

Agent Green calls on Romanian Government and EU to take urgent action

1386 hectares of state owned virgin forests discovered in year 2005 in Tarcu Mountains Natura 2000 site (Carpathians) are being currently illegally logged with the consent of Resita forest district breaking the forest law.

At least 28.951 m3 of wood have been extracted in the past 5 years by Susai Servcom from a single slope. The usual clients of the logging company are:

– Kronospan (Austrian)
– Holzindustrie Schweighofer (Austrian)
– Losan (Spanish)
– Massiv (USA)

Agent Green calls on the Environmental Ministry to immediately end logging in the Tarcu Mountains Natura 2000 site and to protect virgin forests in general by a logging moratorium.

As sites of highest European protection value are progressively devastated the EU needs to take action against violations of European regulations. Agent Green has launched an international petition to save Romania’s last virgin forests.

Agent Green urges Kronospan, Holzindustrie Schweighofer, Losan and Massiv to publicly commit to refusing wood harvested from virgin and quasi forests.

TARCU MOUNTAINS NATURA 2000 SITE, ROMANIA: Logging in virgin forest in the Natura 2000 site Tarcu Mountains, which is protected by both the EU's Habitat and Bird Directive. Romania hosts 2/3 of EU's virgin forest remains. But logging is progressing rapidly, driven forward by greed and corruption of timber and logging industry and neglectance of authorities.
Logging of virgin forest, Tarcu Mountains Natura 2000 site.

Europe’s last primary forests fall victim to logging

Not even protected areas are spared +++ Deforestation in Romanian Natura 2000 site uncovered +++ Urgent call for EU to intervene immediately

Press release, 23 February 2016

Radolfzell. “Right now, our continent’s last primeval forests are being cut down in Romania and nobody is intervening”, warns Gabriel Schwaderer, Executive Director of international nature conservation foundation EuroNatur. Many of the European Union’s last old-growth beach forests that survived until now, are growing in Romania. But week after week thousands of these trees are being cut down, both legally and illegally, and exported or sold to large timber companies. At this moment, the Romanian environmental NGO Agent Green reports deforestations in the Ţarcu Mountains. Despite being a protected area and part of the European Network of nature conservation sites Natura 2000, entire mountainsides have already been denuded of trees. The remnant forests are to be cut down in the coming weeks.

EuroNatur calls on both the European Commission and the Government of Romania to intervene against this destruction of European natural heritage. “Old-growth beech forests are an outstanding part of our European natural heritage. It is our duty to preserve the last remnants both for future generations and as habitats for bears, wolves and lynxes”, says Gabriel Schwaderer. Europe’s last large-scale primeval beech forests grow in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine, Slovakia, and Romania. In November 2015, 30 renowned experts from 12 European countries, including Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Italy, and Romania, gathered on the Isle of Vilm and agreed on a resolution on European Beech Forests. The resolution calls on governments to effectively protect old-growth European beech forest ecosystems. In particular, the Beech Forest Network calls for a general logging moratorium in these areas.

Background information:

  • Beech forest have been especially characterizing for European landscapes. The European beech is growing from lowland and montane areas of western and central Europe up to the tree limit area in southern and south-eastern Europe.
  • The transnational serial UNESCO World Heritage property “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Germany” comprises 15 component parts in Germany, Slovakia and Ukraine amounting to 33,761 hectares. Link to the “Vilm resolution” of the Beech Forest Network of Europe of 19 November 2015.
Fagaras Natura 2000 Site, Romania - May 2016: Ancient forest and logging in the southern Carpathians.
Large scale logging in Fagaras Natura 2000 Site.