Romania is home to some of the last untouched old-growth forests in Europe, but these ecological assets are at risk from both illegal and legal logging practices. The state-owned company Romsilva is the only commercial logging company in Romania and is responsible for half of the country’s logging, the other half of Romanian logging is illegal and has cost Romania billions since the fall of the Soviet Union. Illegal logging is often tied to other organised crime and is sometimes referred to as ‘wood laundering’ as a result. In Romania, this monumental problem threatens the country's ecosystems and soils, and could spell the end for the last surviving original forests of Europe.
Why exactly are Romania’s forests under threat?
What is facilitating illegal logging in Romania?
Who is responsible for protecting Romania’s forests, and how can they be saved?