Romania Carpathia

The ancient forests of the Carpathian Mountains are deemed one of the last European wildernesses

Protecting the ancient Carpathian forests

In 2009, Peter Bennett was invited to join the new Fundatia Conservation Carpathia, a group of dedicated conservationists, biologists and philanthropists, an organisation established to protect Romania’s ancient forest.

Since then, the FCC's conservation project has purchased a total of 21,000 hectares of Carpathian forest. The vision of the Carpathia project is to eventually return all protected land to the public domain in the form of a national park.

Conservation strategy

The project aims to to conserve a significant area of the Carpathian forests for future generations. This is acheived through purchasing land, restoring degraded forest and leasing hunting rights so all the plants and animals are protected.

Restoration plan

Although natural processes are preferred over intensive intervention, restoration of the original ecosystems of the Carpathian forest requires active support. Over 300,000 new saplings (predominantly beech, fir, sycamore and rowan) have been planted to recreate the original composition of trees in the forest.

Expansion of protected area and Natura 2000

In order to protect wildlife, the foundation succeeded in taking all hunting concessions out of circulation bringing the total area free of hunting to almost 100,000 hectares.

The EU network of protected areas, Natura 2000 have declared four sites of Special Protection Areas within the Carpathian mountains.