Protecting Bears in Romania

Bears' paradise under threat

© Gunther Willinger
The Carpathian Mountains - an ideal habitat for bears © Gunther Willinger

The Carpathians are home to one of the most important populations of the brown bear in Europe. In Romania alone the bear population is estimated to be a good 5 000 strong at present. However the data base is somewhat thin and - rough as numbers are - based mainly on estimates made by hunters. Above all the fragmentation of bear habitats by major roads is an issue in Romania in urgent need of attention. At present a comprehensive network of motor-ways is being planned. As planned these fenced highways designed for heavy traffic threaten to cut across existing wildlife corridors and fragment contiguous bear habitats.
Now the task is to make suggestions based on well-founded data for the building of green bridges and other forms of wildlife crossings and then apply political pressure to see them implemented. These tasks are to be tackled by EuroNatur's partner organisation Milvus in Romania.

EuroNatur supports Milvus in:

  • Examining the bear distribution in the area of the planned Targu Mures to Iasi motorway. The goal here is to show how the planned motorway would change the bears' habitat and what the impact on bears would probably be.
  • Developing a detailed, practical concept based on the results of the study showing how the route of the road would have to be altered to avoid negative impacts.
  • Achieving the designation of important bear regions in Romania as part of “Natura 2000”, the European network of protected areas, in order to safeguard the bear habitats and prevent their destruction.

Partner: Milvus

Sponsoring: EuroNatur donors and sponsors

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