European Rewilding Network

Southern Carpathians rewilding area

Making the Southern Carpathians a wilder place. For the benefit of nature and people. The whole area has much stronger populations of its original native wildlife species, boosted by reintroductions and re-stockings when considered necessary.

Project: Southern Carpathians rewilding area
Region: Southwestern Carpathians - Tarcu Mountains
Type of protection: Mainly in Natura 2000 and two National Parks
Habitat types: Ranging from the 2,196 m peak of Mount Tarcu in the north, to the Danube River at 150 m in the south, the area covers a wide variety of ecosystems -alpine meadows and grasslands, old beech and fir forests, steep cliff formations, and undulating mosaic landscapes with open grasslands intersected by woodlands (with a mixture of deciduous tree species, including oak) closer to the Danube.
Fauna (mega) species present: Brown bear, Wolf, Lynx, Wild boar, Red deer, Roe deer, Chamois
Type of project: Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, Re-introductions / re-stockings of locally extinct or rare key wildlife species, or breeding of such species with the goal to release them into the wild, Successful agreements with forestry entities about changing forestry practises into more nature-based management systems, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful examples of enterprises that are based on economic values of the wild and that contribute to rewilding through generating revenues, business, jobs and income
Aim and vision: The whole area has much stronger populations of its original native wildlife species, boosted by reintroductions and re-stockings. The large carnivores are seen as a normal part of the fauna and become attractions for the area, as well as other wildlife species like European bison.
Making the Southern Carpathians a wilder place. For the benefit of nature and people.
The whole area has much stronger populations of its original native wildlife species, boosted by reintroductions and re-stockings when considered necessary.
Uniqueness of the project: The wider area forms a backbone of more than 1 million hectares of protected areas already in place, rich wildlife, large intact forests, a high concentration of biodiversity, un-fragmented landscapes, wild rivers, and large mosaic landscapes shaped by sustainable farming practices.
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research, Sale of sustainable products
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: By 2022, the Southern Carpathian rewilding zone comprises of at least 100,000 ha, encompassing for example the Domogled National Park, the Retezat National Park, the Tarcu mountains Natura 2000 site and parts of Mehidinti Geopark.
Results so far: Signed agreements with the local community representative, with local forest department, and agreements in principle with Environmental County Agency, Veterinary County Department and the support of the local community.
Inspirational value: The Southern Carpathian mountain range is one of the least human touched areas in Europe, forming a wild continuum of more than 1 million ha. This is one of the best natural places in Europe where dense and viable wildlife populations could be rebuilt and where natural processes could occur on extensive scale. The Southern Carpathians could definitely be considered the Green Heart of Europe.
Experience you would like to share: Community relationship; Stakeholder engagement; Species reintroduction; Ecological connectivity.
Experience you would like to gain: Community development; Development of alternative conservation-related enterprises; Enhance natural processes.
Map
Country
Romania
Start year
2012
Size (ha)
100000
Area type
Forest-grassland mosaic
Natural process
Bark beetle, Other
Flagship species
Bison

Making the Southern Carpathians a wilder place. For the benefit of nature and people. The whole area has much stronger populations of its original native wildlife species, boosted by reintroductions and re-stockings when considered necessary.

Map
Country
Romania
Start year
2012
Size (ha)
100000
Area type
Forest-grassland mosaic
Natural process
Bark beetle, Other
Flagship species
Bison
Specification
Project: Southern Carpathians rewilding area
Region: Southwestern Carpathians - Tarcu Mountains
Type of protection: Mainly in Natura 2000 and two National Parks
Habitat types: Ranging from the 2,196 m peak of Mount Tarcu in the north, to the Danube River at 150 m in the south, the area covers a wide variety of ecosystems -alpine meadows and grasslands, old beech and fir forests, steep cliff formations, and undulating mosaic landscapes with open grasslands intersected by woodlands (with a mixture of deciduous tree species, including oak) closer to the Danube.
Fauna (mega) species present: Brown bear, Wolf, Lynx, Wild boar, Red deer, Roe deer, Chamois
Description
Type of project: Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, Re-introductions / re-stockings of locally extinct or rare key wildlife species, or breeding of such species with the goal to release them into the wild, Successful agreements with forestry entities about changing forestry practises into more nature-based management systems, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful examples of enterprises that are based on economic values of the wild and that contribute to rewilding through generating revenues, business, jobs and income
Aim and vision: The whole area has much stronger populations of its original native wildlife species, boosted by reintroductions and re-stockings. The large carnivores are seen as a normal part of the fauna and become attractions for the area, as well as other wildlife species like European bison.
Making the Southern Carpathians a wilder place. For the benefit of nature and people.
The whole area has much stronger populations of its original native wildlife species, boosted by reintroductions and re-stockings when considered necessary.
Uniqueness of the project: The wider area forms a backbone of more than 1 million hectares of protected areas already in place, rich wildlife, large intact forests, a high concentration of biodiversity, un-fragmented landscapes, wild rivers, and large mosaic landscapes shaped by sustainable farming practices.
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research, Sale of sustainable products
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: By 2022, the Southern Carpathian rewilding zone comprises of at least 100,000 ha, encompassing for example the Domogled National Park, the Retezat National Park, the Tarcu mountains Natura 2000 site and parts of Mehidinti Geopark.
Results so far: Signed agreements with the local community representative, with local forest department, and agreements in principle with Environmental County Agency, Veterinary County Department and the support of the local community.
Exchange
Inspirational value: The Southern Carpathian mountain range is one of the least human touched areas in Europe, forming a wild continuum of more than 1 million ha. This is one of the best natural places in Europe where dense and viable wildlife populations could be rebuilt and where natural processes could occur on extensive scale. The Southern Carpathians could definitely be considered the Green Heart of Europe.
Experience you would like to share: Community relationship; Stakeholder engagement; Species reintroduction; Ecological connectivity.
Experience you would like to gain: Community development; Development of alternative conservation-related enterprises; Enhance natural processes.
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