Foundation Conservation CARPATHIA is committed to fully restore the Carpathian ecosystem

Our Vision

We aim to create a world-class wilderness reserve in the Southern Romanian Carpathians, large enough to support significant numbers of large carnivores and to allow evolutionary processes to happen.

Our Mission

The foundation shall contribute to the conservation and restoration of the natural Carpathian ecosystem, for the benefit of biodiversity and local communities, by acquiring, protecting and administrating forests and natural grasslands.

Ongoing Projects


In August 2012, FCC started the LIFE+ project “Ecological restoration of forest and aquatic habitats in the Upper Dambovita Valley, Muntii Fagaras”, with the goal to secure the remaining virgin forests and to restore the natural forest and river ecosystems. Actions include the control and repair of erosion on skidding tracks ...

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EEA Grants Clear-cut Restoration

Following the forest restitution in 2005, massive clear-cuts have destroyed thousands of hectares in the South-Eastern Fagaras Mountains. Based on the experiences in the LIFE project and with financial help of the EEA Grants, FCC has started to restore another 100 ha of clear-cuts by rebuilding the forest floor on eroded tractor tracks ...

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Wildlife Watching Programme

Wildlife populations in the Dimbovita Valley have declined considerably throughout the last 20 years due to poaching and overhunting. The CARPATHIA project has leased the 13,500 ha hunting area “Dimbovita Headwaters” with the goal to fully protect wildlife. In March 2015 we received funding from the EEA Grants to develop a wildlife watching programme ...

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ECOSS Project

To develop a new economy around the future CARPATHIA National Park, FCC received financial aid from the EEA Grants to explore conservation values and business opportunities around the Fagaras Mountains. The development of conservation enterprises ...

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Cobor Organic Farm Project

Conservation and business rarely go hand in hand. Due to a generous donation of Markus Jebsen, FCC received several hundred hectares of farmland in the village of Cobor, a remote and dream-struck village 13 km northeast of the city of Fagaras in the Transylvanian hills. We are now developing an organic farm, which combines biodiversity conservation on high nature value grasslands with the production of high-quality and healthy food …

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Our footprint of fine figures

28,300 ha

Of Hunting Free Zone


Saved for Full Protection


Trees Planted

Experience CARPATHIA

We invite you to join in on our CARPATHIA experience. There are good reasons to join:

Europe’s Wildest Mountains

The Carpathian Mountains are one of the wildest and most beautiful parts of Europe. Wolves, bears, and lynx roam the vast forests, almost the whole original flora and fauna is still present. There is no other place of comparable size left in Europe, where you can experience such stunning and pristine nature.

A place to reconnect with nature

CARPATHIA is a place to re-connect with nature, to recharge, to get inspiration, and to admire the best Romania has to offer. Some days or weeks in the mountains will certainly refresh your view and increase your passion for a wilder world.

The green backbone of Europe

CARPATHIA, the green backbone of Europe, is threatened by uncontrolled logging, overhunting, and uncontrolled development in these stunning valleys. By visiting with alongside CARPATHIA accredited businesses, you directly contribute to the development of a new economy, which is based on conservation and protection instead of exploitation and extraction.

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We are training guides, building wildlife watching hides, and preparing to have great opportunities to experience CARPATHIA. Our offers will start in 2017, if you want to be informed about these possibilities, please check the booking section and contact us at info@conservationcarpathia.org

Natura 2000 Sites

Ongoing Actions

  •   The CARPATHIA area is covered with a thick layer of snow. Parts of the wildlife has moved into the lower areas, but chamois, otters, lynx and wolves, and some wild boar and red deer are still present way back in the mountains. It is a good time to monitorRead More...
  •   The CARPATHIA project extends its activities and seeks new team members: Communications and Community outreach assistant Wildlife Biologist Click on the hyperlink and download individual Terms of Reference. Should you qualify for the job description and should you want to join our team, please send a full CV inRead More...
  •   Another year passed, and FCC is now 7 years old! Seven years of undeniable results in conservation, ecological reconstruction, wildlife management and involvement in communities. Years of scientific research, monitoring, replanting, erosion control, patrolling to prevent illegal cuttings and other violations of protected area regulations, contribution in working groupsRead More...
  •   In the forest a fir needs to grow 10-12 years, to reach the height of 1.5 – 2 meters. The fir tree is a symbol species in Romania, which suffers from climate change, cutting and regeneration management of the last 100 years and also from the cutting, before theRead More...
  •   Dear friends, In June 2016, Romanian Guvernment has instituted the National Catalogue of Virgin and quasi-virgin Forests, a new, real and official instrument for recording and managing the forests from our country and to ensure their strict protection. After a thorough inventory of the forests under FCC’s protection, weRead More...
  •   The weather was unsteady during the last three-four weeks. Our plans for autumn replanting were disturbed by rainy days or sporadic snow: we have replanted around 20.000 saplings out of 40.000 planned. Yet, no big problem, we will make up for this next spring! We are happy with theRead More...
  •   Open letter to FACE, CIC and ELO regarding the statement regarding the situation of large carnivores management in Romania
  •   We are pleased to announce that our close partner, the Wyss Foundation, has transferred their properties of total 6,700 ha of forests and alpine meadows to FCC for the creation of the Fagaras Mountains National Park. The vast majority of these properties have already the status of a non-interventionRead More...
  •   Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Romanian Minister of Environment, has decided to stop the proposal to allow hunting on 1,691 wolves, bears, and wild cats. With this decision, Mrs. Pasca Palmer has written history, for the first time in Romanian history, trophy hunting on large carnivores is banned. FCC supports herRead More...
  •   During the last days, Mike Townsend and Austin Brady from The Woodland Trust visited the FCC area together with FCC board member Paul Lister. The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity of Great Britainand such interested in organisations, which have similar goals and activities. We showed MikeRead More...
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