Uncontrolled Logging

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DUE to a privatisation process in the country, much land in Romania has been given back to former owners. As a consequence, the ownership structure is changing as, for economic reasons, many choose to sell their land: Smaller lots are being bought by local logging companies, large properties are sought by international investment funds.

LOGGING companies often clear-fell the entire lot in a short time and the multi-national funds see these forests exclusively as investments that have to produce revenues. As a result the area is experiencing uncontrolled logging, which is a severe threat to the integrity of the ecosystem.