Europe’s last virgin forests in danger

The Romanian authorities have the construction of the national road 66A agreed that threatens two of the last European virgin forests, according to WWF. After completion, the road would lead through two national parks in the west of the country.

“The State Environmental Protection Administration has defied with planning permission about the fact that it is in the affected area to a strict reserve is” criticized Andreas Beckmann, Director of WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme. “The Environmental Impact Assessment was a farce and has been dealt with in five days.” The consequences of the road construction on the ecosystem would in the decision underlying complacency study does not even mention. They also state that, as the charge of WWF, built since five years illegally subsections.

The endangered nature reserve complex includes the Domogled- and the Retezat National Park with a total area of ​​approximately 100,000 hectares. In the largely pristine wilderness areas, there are centuries-old stands of beech and black pine. The region offers wolves, bears and lynx also others in Europe once widespread species such as otter, capercaillie or the golden eagle suitable habitat. The Retezat National Park is also the oldest of Romania. The up to 2,000 meters high massif is famous for its numerous glacial lakes. Comparable forests are found in Europe to WWF data, only in the far north of Finland and in Russia.

“The EU has already brought several cases against Romania, as the country does not comply with environmental and nature conservation law,” criticized Beckmann. “The construction of this road will be the next sad case in a long series.” The Romanian conservation organization Agent Green is supported by WWF and other NGOs, to file a complaint against the Romanian Government at the European Commission.

Source: General Information.

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