WWF-Romania

WWF has been working in Romania since 2006 to protect wild nature in the Carpathian Mountains and along the Danube. Main fields of activity are protected areas, forests, brown bears, bison, the Danube Delta,  the transition to green economy and environmental education programs for young people.  Under the umbrella of the former WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme, WWF-DCP Romania was established in March 2006 and changed its name to WWF-Romania in 2021.

The headquarters are located in Bucharest, but local offices exist in Brașov, Reșița, Baia Mare, Cluj-Napoca and Tulcea, constituting altogether a dynamic and varied team, composed of well-trained and motivated specialists expert scientists in the fields of forestry, freshwater, large carnivores that are recognized in their scientific communities. The Team is completed by people with valuable experience in public policy and legislation, green economy, communication and fundraising, finance and administration. Together we protect our only home by collaborating with the entire WWF network and beyond. 

conservation facts:

Freshwater

  • The Lower Danube is the last free-flowing section (1070 km) to the Black Sea and the largest floodplain.
  • The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve is the largest reedbed in Europe, home to 331 bird and 135 fish species.
  • About 2000 ha of wetlands have already been restored.

Forests and Protected Areas

  • Old growth and virgin forests are about 16 000 ha of the UNESCO World Heritage.
  • High Conservation Value Forests  make up 300 000 ha – including large, intact forest habitats.
  • The Network of Protected Areas  makes up 23% of the country area.

 Wildlife

  • One third of Europe’s Large Carnivores‘ population exist here (bears, wolves, lynx).
  • 34 bisons were successfully introduced. 
  • The Lower Danube gives habitat to 4 species of the highly endangered Danube sturgeons. 

Governance

  • Romania plays an important role in regional policy frameworks, including the ICPDR, the Carpathian Convention and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

Impactful projectS: 

  • 2014: South-West Carpathians -  Rewilding Europe and WWF-Romania have been reintroducing European bisons in the Southern Carpathians of Romania since 2014 and are continuing the initiative to establish a viable, free-roaming population of this keystone species. This will further increase the benefits to both wild nature and local communities.  This mosaic and complex landscape is home to rare and protected species such as wolf, bear, lynx and to secular forests.
  • 2018-2021: In Maramures WWF co-developed the management plan for a site of community importance  - the secular forests, the  “last giants” of Maramureș in Strâmbu Băiuț. The management plan developed within the project represents the basis for the administration of a protected natural area. Following the field analysis, it proposes the operations and actions required to achieve the main purpose of the custodians: the protection and conservation of biodiversity at the site.
  • Since 2016: Danube Delta: WWF-Romania, together with DDBRA and the local community, have restored more than 900 ha in Mahmudia, a „gate” to the Danube Delta. For the next 3 years, the work will continue with monitoring and renewal of key species in the area. Also, in 2020, WWF-Romania started an impactful project, „Zero Plastic in Danube Delta”, in order to reduce plastic pollution to the benefit of biodiversity.
  • 2019-2021: In Maramureș the first network of ecological corridors in Romania (over 15 000 ha) was established. Next step is the development and implementation of management measures to improve the mosaic of habitats that serve as shelter and provide diversified food conditions for large carnivores but also to reduce the wildlife-human conflict (300 000 ha in the cross-border region Hungary-Slovakia-Romania- Ukraine).
 

Interesting Fact: 

We are proud of having not only published scientists in our team - some of them have even discovered new species - but also a few musicians and a lot of artistic people. Whether it's singing, playing an instrument, crafting, ballet dancing, cooking or decorating, the Romanian pandas have a lot of hidden talents.

 
Webpage:

wwf.ro

Reintroduction of European Bisons

Reintroduction of European Bisons

© Adrian Grancea

Strâmbu Băiuț

Strâmbu Băiuț

© James Morgan

Sturgeon Team Romania

Sturgeon Team Romania

© WWF-Romania