An important step in saving the lynx population of Slovenia, Croatia and Italy was made today when the Romanian National Forest Administration – Romsilva has become an official collaborator of the European project LIFE Lynx, coordinated by the Slovenia Forest Service.
The LIFE Lynx project is supported by Romanian Ministry of Environment, which facilitates the implementation of the European project activities in Romania.
Representatives of the Association for the Conservation of Biological Diversity (ACDB), Romanian partners in the project, signed the collaboration protocol with Romsilva to support the LIFE Lynx project, through which several specimens of lynx from the Romsilva hunting grounds will be captured and relocated in the Dinaric and Southern Eastern Alps region during the next five years.
At the meeting representatives of the Slovenia Forest Service, University of Ljubljana and Progetto Lince Italia were present.
Romanian Carpathians host a healthy lynx population and is considered the main source for the genetic recovery of the lynx population of Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, where the population of this predator is in genetic decline.
The Association for the Conservation of Biological Diversity is a non-governmental organization involved in the research and conservation of wildlife in Romania, mainly the three large carnivorous species, bear, wolf and lynx.
Romanian National Forest Administration – Romsilva is the administrator of 3.14 million hectares of state forests and 22 national and natural parks with a cumulative area of over 850 thousand hectares.