President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday said that it is extremely important to combat desertification and expand the forest area to 40pct of the national land, which is the goal of the national strategy.
“We will mainly take the money at this stage from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, where we have provided the amount of one and a half billion euros for these replanting actions,” the head of state said, according to Agerpres.
“The good arable land that used to be here [in Dolj County – editor’s note] has turned into sandy land. If nothing is done, the sand will cover an increasingly larger area and we have already lost over 1,000 hectares of agricultural, arable land every year. It is clear that we need to do something. The other issue is the environment and the need to have more forests. We all want a clean environment for us and for the future generations. Almost everyone understands now the danger of climate change and the most effective way to have a healthier environment and combat climate change is to expand the forest areas. And this is precisely what we are going to do, as I have discussed with the Government in many meetings focusing the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, and we decided to allocate a huge amount – 1.5 billion euros – for reforestation, which, together with stopping illegal logging, will certainly lead to significant progress. In other words, to the recovery of valuable land in Romania and to the improvement of the environment in general,” Iohannis also stated as he participated in the first action of the afforestation campaign in the desertified area of southern Romania, which took place in Dabuleni, Dolj County.