The virgin forests of Romania have now been signed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The forests of Izvoarele Nerei, Nerei- Beusnita gorges, Domogled- Valea Cernei in Caras Severin, Cozia mountain, Lotrisor in Valcea, the secular forest Sinca in Brasov, the secular forest Slatioara in Suceava, Grosii Tiblesului and Strambu Baiut in Maramures county.
According to greatnews.ro, the news came from former Culture minister Vlad Alexandrescu who has led the Romanian delegation in the World Heritage Patrimony session in Krakow, Poland.
The Romanian team has lobbied intensively in order to convince the representatives of 21 countries to accept the forest to be included in the world patrimony.
Alexandrescu is hoping that this decision will help preserve Romanian forests and will protect them against the illegal deforestation. This might also encourage the local authorities to improve the management of forests, which they have ignored in the last years.
The forests will be now part of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany. So far the list includes forests from Germany, Slovakia and Ukraine.
The Romanian virgin forests are quite important as they have a large biodiversity: over 10,000 animal species live without the intervention of humans.