IF WE DO NOT PROTECT EUROPE’S LUNGS WITH THE GREEN DEAL, THEN WHAT?

IF WE DO NOT PROTECT EUROPE’S LUNGS WITH THE GREEN DEAL, THEN WHAT?

 

SECURE THE LAST HALF A MILLION HECTARES OF PRIMARY FORESTS WITHIN THE GREEN DEAL

 

IT’S THE LAST CHANCE TO SAVE PARADISE FORESTS

 

When you look at Europe from maps, planes or Google Earth, you can tell where are forests by the color green. Romania does not have the most green, but does has the greenest green – the lungs of Europe, the last traces of large areas of pristine forests, the wildest forests of the continent. These are the purest forms of wildlife, consolidated after the last glaciar age,  where you see the most beautiful shades of green, millions of forms of life and true magic stories. Romania’s last primary forests have been identified in the PRIMOFARO  (Schickhofer, Schwarz, 2019) inventory  , the pride of our country, which is falling as you read these lines, instead of having been protected as the national interest emergency that it is. 

 

GREEN DEAL is the plan of the EU to save the continent, the promise of the decision makers now, for. many years from now on, in the shy middle of the climate emergency, in the last call. This is the last train we can catch. 

 

 

The European Comission can give funds to protect the last primary forests from Romania and Europe. Forests that protect biodiversity, stock collossal amounts of carbon and produce enormous quantities of oxigen. 

Yes, it is true. The last vast primary forests of Europe can be found in Romania: all that is left from the long gone wildlife of Europe and the natural heritage that no other state in the EU has. Their importance is priceless anyhow. But now, we have the opportunity to protect them within the Green Deal!

92% of Romania’s forests have already been degraded. Let’s leave the museum of nature alive, the unique richness of Romania,  sheltered in 8% from the country’s forests. Let’s treat these old growth forests as jewels that are not only enjoyable and healthy, but vital. 

Ask the Government to protect the remaining primary forests within the Green Deal!

 

WHY DO WE NEED PRIMARY FORESTS?

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They harbour an incalculable abundance of plant and animal species. They are more resilient to storms, droughts and fire than managed forests. They gift us with water and clean air – they function as our natural air conditioners, they filter, store and cycle water and they provide pollination services that are critical to food production. When compared to degraded forests, old-growth and vir- gin forests provide superior ecosystems services that better support human health (Watson et al. 2018). They store enormous amounts of carbon in the soil and in above ground biomass while logging

releases this carbon into the atmosphere. The critical importance of forest protection as a key defence against a rapidly changing climate was formally recognised in the 2015 Paris Agreement (UNFCCC, 2015). Intact forest protection, therefore, provides us with hope – a chance to help buffer against the worst dangers of a rapidly changing climate.

Yet they are more than all of this. Old-growth and virgin forests are some of the most awe-inspiring places on our planet. They capture the accumulation of time passing through millennia. When we stand in an ancient forest, we exist only in this single moment, but we are witness to the unbroken conti- nuum of the evolution of life on earth, immediately surrounded by the passing of eons of time. Few places capture the four dimensions of our world, three physical, and the fourth of time, in the one place. They link the past and the future, and are a living encyclopaedia of ecological knowledge from which we still learn.

However, these places of irreplaceable beauty are becoming rarer the world over.

One of the particularities of primary forests is dead wood. This is also a cryterion for including a forest in the virgin forest catalogue, as it is a form of habitat for countelss species. Its presence in time and space is a precondition for many species (Müller et al., 2007). It has a crytical conservation role for many species, ecosystem services and carbon stock. (Knohl et al., 2009; Luyssaert et al., 2008)

 

We ask for protection of half a million hectares. We have 2 millions hectares of degraded areas which can be planted. 

 

It is a profitable business for everybody. Let’s conserve the last samples of widlife and stop using them like usual commodities. Let’s be creative and friend with the planet, and last but not least, wise to ourselves – we need nature to survive.  See our proppsed solutions below. 

 

 

Solutions:

– urgently introduce PRIMOFARO for strict protection in Green Deal, get compensations for private owners and the possibility to sell the forest to the state

  • urgently introduce PRIMOFARO for strict protection in Green Deal, get compensations for private owners and the possibility to sell the forest to the state
  • temporary plantation of fast growing species on the degraded areas
  • valuating the national heritage: realize a national ecoturism strategy that transforms Romania into the European capital of biodiversity, as Costa Rica for example, where 80% of the tourists from around the world come for wildlife. 

The state CAN obtain compensations through the Green Deal for protecting primary forests-8% of the forests. 

If not the greenest areas, then what?

 

UE can help. What do we wait?

 

This is the last chance to save paradise forests.

It is our duty to keep this temple for the planet, for us and for future generations. It is also valuable for thee industry, but this is our last chance to have these forest, to keep our wildlfe richness in history, this natural wonder which has been intact after the last ice age.