Any person can report directly to the authorities any alleged illegal deforestation in Romania through the new online platform salvezpadurea.ro, launched by Greenpeace Romania on Thursday.
The notifications to the platform will be sent to the forest ranges that are managing those forests and to the county Forest Guards.
“The platform comprises information and instruction on how one can track down an illegal falls and what are the information that need to be collected on the field for a better documentation,” Greenpeace Romania informed.
The platform and the guide have been made with the help of the organization’s volunteers joining the campaign to protect the Romanian forests last year and with the help of the Forest Guards.
The Senate passed by 70 votes to three an emergency ordinance stipulating setting up forest Guards to combat the massive illegal deforestations last year in October.
The forest guards will cover all those 43 Romanian counties, plus Bucharest and will open nine HQs in Brașov, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Focșani, Oradea, Ploiești, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Suceava and Timișoara.
The Government argued that the emergency ordinance aims at strengthening the institutional capacity by supplementing the jobs within the Forest Commissioner’s Offices so that the forest range offices should rise from 399 to 617, meaning a personal having sylvan training should monitor 16,403 hectares of stock of wood.
The initiator claims that the illegal wood cuts have increased over the past years, with an annual prejudice to the national budget being estimated to about EUR 250 million.