In 2015 Romania had 1,486 protected natural areas

In 2015 Romania had 1,486 protected natural areas

In 2015 Romania had a total of 1,486 protected areas, up by 156.6pct compared to the reference year 1990, recently-published data by the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) reveals.

The statistics published on the anniversary of 25 years of environmental protection show that, at the end of last year, Romania had 13 national parks and 15 natural parks. Moreover, the Natura 2000 Network included 383 Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and 148 Sites of Protection for Birds and Animals (SPA).

According to the report, 23pct of the surface of the national territory is currently covered by natural protected areas, up by 4.8pct compared to 1990.

In the European Union, Natura 2000 covers 18pct of ground surface and 4pct of sea surface and represents the largest network of protected areas worldwide, totalling 1.039 million square kilometres. The purpose is to keep and/or return the species and habitats to a favourable state of preservation.

The EU 2020 Strategy for biodiversity thus states the necessity to raise the contribution of agriculture and forestry to maintaining and restoring biodiversity. More…