biodiversity and wildlife, the Carpathian Mountains support the most precious
natural forests in Europe. Not only do their old-growth forests harbour a large
diversity of species, they also sequester great amounts of carbon – minimising the
impacts of climate change and making their protection incredibly valuable.
known for its abundance of old-growth forests, which support the biggest populations
of Brown Bear, Gray Wolf and Lynx in the Europe – experienced a 1.3% reduction
of forest cover over the years 2000 to 2010. Remarkably, in 2007 it was
recorded that 72% of Romania’s old-forest disturbances were in protected areas,
highlighting the need for more effective management strategies in the region.
change this, the Carpathian Convention’s meeting on Sustainable Forest
Management will take place on 26 - 27 September in Brasov, Romania.
aim of the meeting is to establish a Carpathian inventory of old-growth or ‘virgin’
forests, so that conservation efforts can be maximised in those areas. There
will also be a discussion on the recent application of the Sustainable Forest
Management Protocol, where ideas can be shared on successful management
Carpathian Convention - administered by UN Environment - is made up of seven parties that facilitate a dialogue
between all stakeholders involved in the Carpathian region, including: community
groups, NGOs, governments, the European Union and the United Nations. These
institutions work together to protect areas of high biodiversity in Carpathian
forests are those which have reached a great age without experiencing major levels
of disturbances such as fires or logging, and hold enormous ecological
If you are
interested in finding out more about the outcomes of next week’s meeting