Carpathians/Forests & Protected Areas

In contrast to the Danube, the Carpathian Mountains have until recently remained remarkably preserved. But over the past two decades, pressure for development has mounted and is being acutely felt in Europe's greatest remaining wilderness.
Roads and infrastructure are cutting into and fragmenting previously untouched areas. Unsustainable and all too often illegal logging is felling the region's great forests. Holiday homes, ski resorts, highways and other infrastructure projects are cutting into natural jewels, all too often illegally and within existing national parks and protected areas. 

In addressing these challenges, WWF focuses on:

Carpathian ecoregion: Raising awareness and understanding of the Carpathians as a distinct region, and in pushing forward conservation in the region as a whole.

Protected areas: Extending protection to the most valuable nature areas and strengthening protection in practice by improving policy frameworks, building capacity for protected area management and tackling threats to protected areas.

Forests: Promoting sustainable forest management through training and certification, identifying and protecting High Conservation Value Forests and tackling illegal logging.

Costel Bucur, Head of Forests & Protected Areas Programme, WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme
stones under snow / ©: WWF/Iva Bratanova
Ski developments in the Danube-Carpathians: White Elephants in the Green Mountains
© WWF/Iva Bratanova
 / ©: Ogilvy Sofia
Save Bulgaria's Treasures! WWF Campaign
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  • Costel Bucur, Head of Forestry and Protected Areas team at the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme. / ©: WWF
    Conservation is first of all about people - Interview with Costel Bucur, Head of Forests and Protected Areas Programme, WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme

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