1 Tahrcountry Musings: The Plight of Romania’s Wildlife

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The Plight of Romania’s Wildlife

Romania’s protected area system is under threat. It is on the verge of collapse. Dwindling resources and bureaucratic hurdles are contributing to the plight of Europe’s largest remaining natural forests. The Romanian forests also house more than half of Europe’s populations of bears, wolves, and other large carnivores. It also contains the globally important Carpathian Mountains and Danube Delta ecoregions.

Salaries of many park rangers and other staff have not been paid for months. Communication networks are in disarray. WWF says the situation is now critical and wants Romanian government to take immediate action to address the crisis faced by the country’s protected areas and their tremendous natural wealth.

Tahrcountry feels that the situation is not within the ambit of control of Romania alone. The financial position is indeed very bleak. We feel that European community should chip in with help to tide over the present difficult situation. The bureaucratic set up in Romania should come out of the present lethargy. Avenues are there to pursue which they are not doing. Wake up guys

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