Government approves declaration of Fagaras Mountains as national park

Newsroom 15/09/2016 | 16:34

The Government has approved the start of procedures transforming  Fagaras Mountains into a national park that would be representative for Romania and Europe, according to a memorandum. The new park will be developed in the October 2016-2020 period.

The memorandum shows that an inter-ministerial work group will be created, under the coordination of the Environment Ministry, responsible for the analysis, approval and planning activities. The first stage is for the Environment Ministry to initiate a collaboration offer based on public private volunteering for the environment organizers who want to support the national park on the long term.

„Fagaras mountains constitute the most representative and valuable sector from Carpathian chain, having approximately 2000 sqkm and the new position would represent a very good opportunity for the sustainable economic development at local level that would support the communities and the environment. Moreover, by declaring the mountains as a protected natural area, it will ensure the conservation and the protection of an extremely rich natural capital. The park will be a biodiversity source with 27 natural habitats, 6 mammal species, 4 species of fishes and 66 endemic plants, all of European interest,” says the release.

Romania has 13 national parks with a total area of approximately 317,500 hectares, which represents 1.5 percent of the Romanian territory.

Georgiana Bendre

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