After loggers ravaged many forests in Romania in recent years, the authorities declare they planning to revive areas stripped of their vegetation by planting millions of saplings.
“Let’s reforest the country,” an initiative of the Environment Ministry, plans to plant around 26 million saplings in November alone, mainly in areas worst affected by illegal loggers.
“Forests were always the pride of Romania, but in recent years we have witnessed their continous degradation and loss, which is why we decided to start this campaign to re-forest Romania”, the Environment Minister, Rovana Plumb, said.
Since the collapse of Communist regime back in 1990, many areas have been almost stripped of vegetation – the desolate scenery bearing witness to the impact that illegal chopping is having on Romania’s natural resources.
A recent study published by the environmental organisation Greenpeace says that Balkan forests are being cut down at an alarming rate of three hectares per hour.
More than 280,000 hectares of forest were lost in the last ten years, including virgin forests, the organisation added.
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