About the project

Creation of a Wilderness Reserve in the Southern Carpathian Mountains, Romania (LIFE18 NAT/RO/001082)

The jewel of the Romanian Carpathians

The Fagaras Mountains host one of Europe’s largest contiguous areas of high nature value forests with healthy populations of wildlife species: Beautiful forests habitats, an important number af large carnivores, a small population of golden eagles, a formerly good but rapidly declining population of capercaillie, and good populations of birds and insects, naturally home to central European mountain forests. The only mammals missing from the area are bison and beavers, both keystone species with a positive impact upon biodiversity.

Modern life is putting under increasingly preasure the area. Especially after the Romanian government started restituting land in 2004, the virgin forests were threatened by logging, overgrazing of the alpine grasslands, a lack of good wildlife management, and destructive development projects under discussion.

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The project is implemented by Foundation Carpathia Conservation, in partnership with Asociația Ocolul Silvic Carpathia, Asociația de Vânătoare Piatra Craiului Făgăraș Conservation, SC Carpathia Agro & Finance SRL, Conservation Capital Consulting Ltd., Basarab I – Argeș County Gendarmerie Inspectorate and ProPark – Foundation for Protected Areas. This material was realised with the financial support of the European Commission through the LIFE Nature programme (www.ec.europa.eu) and from Arcadia Foundation through the ELP programme (Endangered Landscapes Programme, www.endangeredlandscapes.org). The content of this material does not necessarily represent the official position of the European Union.