Virgin forests in Romania to be mapped and protected



Posted on 05 March 2014  | 
European black pine (Pinus nigra) forest in mist. This tree is endemic to the Domogled National Park, Romania.
European black pine (Pinus nigra) forest in mist. This tree is endemic to the Domogled National Park, Romania.
© © Michel Gunther / WWF-CanonEnlarge
WWF and the Romanian Ministry of Water, Forests and Fisheries signed a two-year protocol to protect virgin forests and combat illegal logging in them. This step comes after a WWF campaign to save the virgin forests in the country.

The government will work together with different stakeholders and civil society to develop a good practice guide for proper implementation of the provisions of the EU Regulation on timber trade, which came into force in 2013. A tool will be developed to assess the risk factors on the prevalence of illegal logging in Romania and map those areas.

According to the protocol the government will establish a working group which will create a national catalog of virgin forests. It will also support their identification and mapping and arrange for their inclusion in compensation schemes for the period 2014-2020. Alternative financial mechanisms will also be sought.

WWF will take part in the process and will invest in the identification and mapping of virgin and high conservation value forests.
European black pine (Pinus nigra) forest in mist. This tree is endemic to the Domogled National Park, Romania.
European black pine (Pinus nigra) forest in mist. This tree is endemic to the Domogled National Park, Romania.
© © Michel Gunther / WWF-Canon Enlarge
Virgin forests have survived because of their inaccessibility and the low economic value of the wood coming from the old trees.
Virgin forests have survived because of their inaccessibility and the low economic value of the wood coming from the old trees.
© Mircea Struteanu Enlarge

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