Despite being declared a Natura 2000 site, this area has in recent years been subject to intense deforestation. At 6,458, Arges, the county where part of these mountains are, saw the highest number of cases of illegal deforestation between 2009 and 2011, but this figure has grown since.
The most vulnerable are the forests on private property whose owners have not signed a contract with the forest guards, which they required to do by law. Similar situations can be found across Romania and pose a great threat to the survival of the Carpathian forests, which are some of Europe’s most impressive. For several years, however, the Foundation Conservation Carpathia has been running a project aimed at protecting forests from illegal logging.
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