Romania: Green Energy in the Emerald Forest

Published on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

“In the 24,963 thousand hectares of the natural reserve, made up of forests, lakes and swamps, there are 141 species of birds and 13 species of fish.”

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources - IUCN has listed the park as a zone to protect and promote.

What makes the park unique is not only its “emerald forest”, but also the result of the special interaction between humans and nature, which has formed an environment of significant ecological, biological, cultural and scenic value over the centuries.

The fifteenth-century fortified monastery, the village of Comana and the Moara mill are human constructions immersed harmoniously in nature, as are the boat docks and walkways over the lagoons for bird-watchers.

Four years, 22 thousand oak trees

We began the Mega Tree project in November 2012, engaging the region’s inhabitants in an interesting promotion of renewable sources: for every 10 MWh of green energy consumed by the citizens, EGP promised to plant a small oak tree in the park.

“From 2012 to 2015, EGP workers and their families in Romania, led by volunteers from the NGO MaiMultVerde, planted 22,000 small oaks in Cumana Park.”

Over the years, the reserve had seen a decrease in the number of oaks, a traditional plant in the reserve’s flora, which had been supplanted by the natural growth of shrubbery of lesser ecological value.

The administration and park authorities had initiated a reintroduction plan for the oak and, in us, found a sensitive and creative partner for this initiative.

The Mega Tree project promotes the consumption of clean energy, contributes to the reforestation of a protected natural area and engages civil society in work of great environmental and social value. It’s an example of 360° sustainability that benefits everyone.