Stop Illegal Logging in Romania

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Romania virgin forest represents 65% of total virgin forests of Europe, except Russia. But now they are in danger of disappear, transformed into cash, particularly in illegal timber industry.

While cash is important for economy, doesn’t substitute the oxygen. And oxygen is life. When forests are gone, not only hundreds of species of plants and wildlife will disappear but also our future will be gone. The life will be gone.

In 1974: 12% of Romania forests were virgin.
In 2011 the percentage is 3%. From these, only 18% are protected by law.
3 ha are deforested cut each hour and 8.8 million cubic meters of timber per year. The illegal timber cut in Romania represents 50% of the whole timber harvested.

Schweighofer is Romania’s biggest producer of softwood, processing around 40% of the country’s annual production. Romania’s vast and largely intact forests, which are home to bison, lynx and bears, have lost 280,000 hectares of forest during the last decade, according to satellite analyses, most of it because of illegal logging. Source Spiegel

WHAT YOU CAN DO

1. Boycott companies who do illegal timber trade in Romania!

Schweighofer is Romania’s biggest producer of softwood, processing around 40% of the country’s annual production.
IKEA was recently exposed by TV France 2 for being involved in illegal timber trade. According to FRANCE 2: “Romanian virgin forests become furniture in the homes of rich Europeans” read more
Recently 33600 hectares (83000 acres) of forest from north Romania who belong to Harvard University was sold to IKEA, soon after Swedish company was after banned to cut timber from Russia.

The illegal timber supplies processors and retailers around the world, including some of Europe’s largest DIY stores like Hornbach in Germany, Baumax (Austria / Germany), Bricostore (owned by UK-based Kingfisher, who also own B&Q), Italian energy giant Enel, Swedish company IKEA, SPAR Austrian supermarket ….all these countries have their own beautiful forests which these companies don’t dare to attack.

Alexander von Bismark, executive director of EIA US, said, “It’s devastating for Europe’s last virgin forest and the communities that depend on them, but also for legitimate foresters throughout Europe.”

2. Buy a Certificate to help us save forests in Romania before it will be too late!

Dana Costin