Primary forests of Romania closer to protection!

In November Greenpeace Romania released the Primary forests potential map of Romania developed in partnership with the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany and the Geography Department of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iași, Romania.


The map was developed to boost the process of identification and protection of Europe’s last temperate primary forests outside Russia. Estimates show that about two thirds are to be found in Romania, and our map uncovered a potential of roughly 300 000 hectares.

The protection of these forests has long been just a paper promise and Romania suffered the destruction of many valuable pristine forests in the last 15 years.

Greenpeace Romania developed the primary forests potential map because the authorities didn’t do it, even though they have more detailed data than we had access to. This screening process was needed to narrow down the search area thus making a primary forests inventory possible. 


A petition directed at the Ministry of Waters and Forests signed so far by almost 4000 supporters was employed to ask for urgent and concrete actions to save this natural heritage of Romania. The Ministry took our map as basis for the primary forests national inventory. They have the responsibility to use it according to the best knowledge available and for the benefit of Europe’s last primary forests.


Greenpeace Romania will monitor the inventory, the process of identification, field validation and final inclusion in the National Catalogue of Primary Forests of these remarkable and unique ecosystems.

Publication of map and methodology
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