Reforestation Project

Project Overview

Harghita, Transylvania, Romania
Tree Species
  • Sycamore Maple
  • Common Beech
  • European Fir
  • European Spruce
Project Status
Forestry Partner
One Tree Planted

About The Project

A large proportion of the Carpathian basin with an altitude above 1000m is populated by monocultures of spruce (_Picea abies_), as a result of forestry practices in the area, since the species’ growth rate is suitable for a shorter cutting rotation period. However, due to the relatively shallow root system of this species, the resulting forests are particularly vulnerable when it comes to windthrow events.

This project aims to restore/replant those degraded lands which were made barren by the windthrow events of 2015-2020 with an emphasis on restoring the naturally occurring phytocenosis in the area, which is an association of spruce (Picea abies), beech (Fagus sylvatica) and pine (Abies alba).

Immediate community benefits are the involvement of the parcenary and local workers in the planting, post-management and surveillance of the plantings. The communities would also benefit from the reforestation of the sites by the forest's erosion, irrigation control and other ecosystem services. The area is currently infamous for wide-spread windthrow damage that tarnish the local image and hinder eco-tourism in the area.

Additionally, locals and especially school pupils and university students would benefit by partaking in the educational and recreational activities organized during the plantings as public events. For university students, the plantings and monitoring offer a good professional opportunity and practical training in the field.


This project qualifies for the following UN Sustainable Development Goals. Click each goal to learn more.

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