SCOPE OF PROJECT
PROJECT LIFE11/NAT/RO/823 “ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION OF FOREST AND AQUATIC HABITATS IN THE UPPER DÂMBOVIȚA VALLEY, FĂGĂRAȘ MOUNTAINS”
The Făgăraș Mountains are one of the most spectacular alpine landscapes in the Romanian Carpathians: The highest peaks of the country are located here, surrounded by some of Europe’s ecologically most valuable, unfragmented woodlands. The upper Dâmbovița Valley represents the southeastern part of the Natura 2000 site Munții Făgăraș (ROSCI0122) and is, due to its size, remoteness, and its relatively original state, of great importance for biodiversity conservation. The integrity of this Carpathian ecosystem, however, is threatened since formerly nationalised forests have been restituted to private people throughout the past years. Uncontrolled logging has destroyed significant parts of the forest surface and has even taken a toll on the virgin forests still present in the Dâmbovița Valley. This project aims to protect remaining wilderness, and to return managed forests back into their natural state. The aquatic and riparian ecosystems have suffered since the 1980s when a hydro-power plant, with numerous river control and regulation structures, was built along the Dâmbovița river and its tributary streams. Here, this initiative aims to elaborate and establish ecologically suitable conditions for the target species without compromising the protection function of the control structures.