Reuters - Video

EDITION: U.S. | U.K. | IN

Sports and Leisure

Romania moves to save virgin forests

Monday, December 03, 2012 - 02:02

Dec. 3 - Romania's dwindling virgin forests have been thrown a lifeline with a new law protecting them from logging. The forests are among the oldest ecosystems in Europe, but have been decimated by the cash-strapped country since Communism fell more than a decade ago. Rob Muir reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

The sound of chainsaws ripping through ancient virgin forests in Romania is nothing unusual. Since the fall of communism in 1990, most of the country's forests have come under private control with nothing to prevent logging on a large scale. As a result, vast tracts of ancient forest have been cut down But that's about to change. Conservation groups like Greenpeace aand the World Wildlife Fund have succeeded in pursuading the Romanian government to pass a law protecting the ancient forests that remain. The WWF"s Magor Csibi, says it's a first for Europe. SOUNDBITE: MAGOR CSIBI - WWF COUNTRY MANAGER, SAYING: "This wonderful virgin forest around us has been saved because lots of Romanians have been mobilised and have succeeded in putting pressure on the authorities. They have succeeded in convincing the authorities that we must care about this extraordinary asset Romania has. Romania is the first EU county to create a law putting all virgin forests under protection." Romania's forests are a haven for some of Europe's rarest animals like the lynx and wolf, and countless species of flora. The WWF is now helping the government identify the forest areas to be protected. Private owners will be compensated under the new law according to government spokesman Mugur Cozmanciuc. SOUNDBITE: MUGUR COZMANCIUC - STATE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS MINISTRY, SAYING: "Romania has over 260 thousand hectares of forest terraines classified as virgin forests. The Environment and Forest Ministry has issued a document, which will become law. This document is establishing criteria for virgin forests and will eventually register all these areas as strictly protected areas." For conservation groups the law is a major victory. They hope other nations where forests are disappearing will take note and enact laws of their own.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Romania moves to save virgin forests

Monday, December 03, 2012 - 02:02

Editors' Picks »

Moving Pictures »

Images of November Images of November

Tue, 02 Dec, 2014 - (0:30)

Images of October Images of October

Mon, 03 Nov, 2014 - (0:57)

The world in a city The world in a city

Fri, 31 Oct, 2014 - (1:30)

Real-life superheroes Real-life superheroes

Tue, 28 Oct, 2014 - (1:44)

Dance of the northern lights Dance of the northern lights

Mon, 20 Oct, 2014 - (1:08)

Images of September Images of September

Thu, 02 Oct, 2014 - (1:00)

Still missing – MH370 Still missing – MH370

Fri, 05 Sep, 2014 - (2:05)

Burning Together Burning Together

Mon, 01 Sep, 2014 - (2:23)

Mending dolls, teddies and hearts Mending dolls, teddies and hearts

Fri, 22 Aug, 2014 - (3:12)

Images of August Images of August

Fri, 29 Aug, 2014 - (1:00)

Dateline Asia »

Sinking Jakarta embarks on seawall project Sinking Jakarta embarks on seawall project

Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 - (2:22)

No Christmas easing from the Bank of Japan No Christmas easing from the Bank of Japan

Fri, 19 Dec, 2014 - (1:59)

North Korea to blame for Sony hack: source North Korea to blame for Sony hack: source

Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 - (1:10)

China's house prices fall again China's house prices fall again

Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 - (1:10)

China's child labor problem China's child labor problem

Thu, 18 Dec, 2014 - (2:19)

Measuring up North Korea's heir Measuring up North Korea's heir

Wed, 17 Dec, 2014 - (1:03)

Russia worries rock emerging markets Russia worries rock emerging markets

Wed, 17 Dec, 2014 - (1:14)

Seoul raises the "nut rage" stakes Seoul raises the "nut rage" stakes

Tue, 16 Dec, 2014 - (1:03)

Sydney in shock after hostage horror Sydney in shock after hostage horror

Tue, 16 Dec, 2014 - (1:07)

Reuters Investigates »

Where the sea is closing in Where the sea is closing in

Thu, 20 Nov, 2014 - (3:41)

Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead" Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead"

Wed, 19 Feb, 2014 - (8:24)

Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest

Fri, 10 Jan, 2014 - (4:01)

"Passed around like a dog" "Passed around like a dog"

Thu, 29 Aug, 2013 - (6:32)

Adopted, then abandoned online Adopted, then abandoned online

Thu, 29 Aug, 2013 - (13:22)

How the DEA keeps its secrets secret How the DEA keeps its secrets secret

Mon, 05 Aug, 2013 - (1:36)