The famous Bigăr Waterfall located in Cheile Nerei – Beușnița National Park, southwestern Romania, known as one of the most spectacular falls in the world, might be in danger due to massive deforestation in the area. Environment NGOs Agent Green and EuroNatur have released an investigation revealing that over 60% of the national park area located in Caras-Severin county might be affected by the woodcutting.
The two NGOs have undergone an international campaign entitled „Un dezastru national / Out of control”, with the third episode referring to the destruction of the Cheile-Nerei Beușnița National Park.
„The reality in the field proves that the secular forests are cut without mercy at the command of Romsilva, the National Forest Agency, which is only interested in the profit coming from timber exploitation. Over 60% of the park’s area is affected by the woodcutting, which is a real crime against biodiversity. The forests in the national park are treated like some ordinary production forests,” Agent Green says.
The two NGOs called on the Environment Ministry again to firmly intervene in order to stop the commercial timber exploitation and the degradation of the national parks’ forests. The also asked the ministry to end the contracts with Romsilva as a matter of urgency.
Agen Green investigators added that they have exclusive images from an illegal hunting party in the heart of the Cheile Nerei Beușnița National Park, „where policemen tracked down officials from the Hunters and Fishermen National Association while hunting.”
If you want to find out more about the spectacular Bigar falls, you can check a previous post on our website.