Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. Romania has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forest in Europe, covering almost a quarter of its territory. The country had a 2019 Forest Landscape Integrity Index mean score of 5.95/10, ranking it 90th globally out of 172 countries. Some 3,700 plant species have been identified in the country.
Climate change and shifts in agricultural practices have left large swathes of Romania's lowlands abandoned. Without people to manage the land, soil erosion and degradation of the landscape is starting to take its toll. Our planting partners in Transylvania are converting this abandoned land into healthy forests and raising awareness about the importance of proper land management to ensure these forests are well maintained. This planting project takes place around the picturesque UNESCO world heritage site Sighișoara, made up of 13th century Romanian Saxon villages.
Planting trees in degraded areas will restore ecosystems, prevent soil erosion, and allow wildlife to return to the area. Revitalising the natural environment of Romania is an important step in helping regulate the local climate and improve water retention for nearby villages. Our reforestation partners in Romania are working closely to mobilise community members and raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment and sustainable forest management. In doing so our partners are restoring traditional land-use practices and creating economic benefits.
To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant. Popular species include Beech, Spruce, Ash, and Sycamore Maple.
OneTreePlanted is a non-profit organisation based in Vermont with a mission to make it simple for you to plant trees around the world. Started in 2014, they have more than doubled the number of trees planted year over year. Fast-forward to today, they now work with awesome reforestations partners in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa who help them get trees in the ground to restore forests after fires and floods, create jobs, build communities, and protect habitat for biodiversity.