Romania to plant thousands of hectares of forests as part of EU Green Deal-PM


Romania’s prime minister, Nicolae Ciuca on Wednesday said the government  would  plant 55,000 hectares of forest in Romania by 2026 as part of the EU Green Deal for a cleaner environment.

Speaking at a government meeting about government plans for the environment, the prime minister also  said Romania would pump about 60 million lei (12.5 million euros) into monitoring and improving air quality.

The plans are part of the European Union’s Green Deal which aims to make the EU  become the first climate neutral continent by 2050.

EU officials say this will result in a cleaner environment, more affordable energy, smarter transport, new jobs and an overall better quality of life.

Deforestation and illegal logging have become major problems in recent years.

Illegal logging has actually increased in Fagaras region in the Carpathians, one of Europe’s oldest and precious forests in the last two years, despite legal action by the European Commission against the Romanian state to combat it, Eurnatur reported.

The prime minister said the government was “discussing planting 25,000 hectares by the end of 2023 and another 30,000 hectares by the end of 2024-2026,” he said.

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Premier Ciuca said his coalition government would also tackle poor quality air which blighted the capital and other major cities in recent years.

Heavy traffic and illegal burning of waste outside cities have contributed to poor quality air.

The government announced it would  spend a total of 57 million lei on upgrading facilities to measure air quality.

Romania has more than 500,000 hectares of potential primary and old-growth forests. About 300,000 hectares of Romania’s forests are protected by European laws as Natura 2000 sites.

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