PRESS RELEASE 04th AUGUST, 2010

The protest to stop DN 66A has moved to the Ministry for the Environment

 

After two weeks of protests the environment minister still has done nothing in regards to DN 66A, the protesters decided to shut the resistance camp in Retezat mountains and move the protest to the gates of the Ministry, in Bucharest.

Agent Green and their partner organizations protested on the 3rd of August 2010 at the Ministry for the Environment to convince minister Borbely that he has to get actively involved in stopping the illegal building of DN 66A through the protected area and through the last intact forestry landscape of temperate Europe.

After two weeks of protests the environment minister still has done nothing in regards to DN 66A, the protesters decided to shut the resistance camp in Retezat mountains and move the protest to the gates of the Ministry, in Bucharest. “We wanted to personally inform the minister about the true impact of constructing the road and the necessity that he gets involved in this case”, says Gabriel Paun, President of Agent Green.

“I have chosen to join the resistance camp from Retezat and continue the protest at the Ministry for the Environment because I want to protect the intact forests that give shelter to rare animals such as the wolf, bear and lynx. Back home in Holland and Belgium we do not have these animals. We eradicated them in the 19th century. I hope Romania won’t make the same mistake in the 21st century”, says Katrien Delille, WWF volunteer and Belgian student at the Dutch Wageningen University.

In January this year Agent Green and partner groups (Milvus Group, The Association for the Protection of Bats, The Romanian Society of Herpetology, Transylvanian Carpathia Society and WWF) together with professors from Babes-Bolyai University and Edinburgh University have started the first biodiversity scientific counter-study in Romania to demonstrate that the third part of DN 66A, which measures 19km would affect the protected areas that it is scheduled to cross and can irreversibly damage the region. The study is expected to take up to three years with an intermediate report due to be presented to the Ministry at the end of this year. As an example 108 routes have already been recorded that are used by large and medium sized mammals to cross the proposed road, as opposed to the developers that found only one sign of bears. 26 species of bats have also been identified. The developers found no sign of bats. Additionally 34 breeding areas have been identified for reptiles and amphibians, but the developers only found 2.

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