After loggers ravaged many forests in Romania in recent years, the authorities are planning to revive areas stripped of their vegetation by planting millions of saplings.
Since the collapse of Communist regime back in 1990, many areas have been almost stripped of vegetation – the desolate scenery bearing witness to the impact that illegal chopping is having on Romania’s natural resources.
A recent study published by the environmental organisation Greenpeace says that Balkan forests are being cut down at an alarming rate of three hectares per hour.
More than 280,000 hectares of forest were lost in the last ten years, including virgin forests, the organisation added.
Romania still has around 6.4 million hectares of forest and 120,000 people employed in the forestry sector.