2018, Romania - Domogled - Valea Cernei National Park
While primary forests have gradually disappeared from the European natural heritage, Romania still have some great forests formed after the last ice age. They remained untouched till recently. Political incompetence and corporate greed puts these forests under immediate threat. Only about 10% of all primary forests were included in the national catalog for the virgin forests. The public funds allocated years ago to map and preserve these forests have been used for other purposes. The situation is out of control.
Deep wild, in the Cernisoara river basin, an untouched forest in Domogled park is so unspoiled that not even an old trail could be found to explore these paradise forests. It may remind well equipped visitors of scenes from Jurassic Park. But those who own the Cernisoara forests and should protect it decided to cut it. It is the Romanian State itself through the Ministry for Environment, Ministry for Forests and the state forests manager, Romsilva. Cuting started in 2017 and more is planned in 2018.
The eradication of primeval forests in Romania is Europe's biggest and most pressing nature conservation drama today. But almost nobody is taking notice. If no action is taken now, many of these valuable forests will be gone within the next 2 to 3 years.
EuroNatur and Agent Green call on the Romanian government to immediately halt commercial logging in all Romanian national parks, to include all primeval and old growth forests in national parks in the core zones and to adopt a modern, independent and well-funded national park management system.
Also the EU needs to get proactively engaged in saving this precious European natural heritage.
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