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"A study by the Romanian Ministry of Environment publicised in June 2007 describes Retezat-Godeanu-Tarcu as “the last intact forest landscape in temperate Europe,” spreading over 97,926 hectares. The area includes 18,046 hectares of untouched forests and 22 types of ecosystems, but almost 10,000 hectares are not yet protected under national legislation. And it is the shear size of the area that makes it big enough to support a wide variety of large mammals and a rich biodiversity.
Disappointingly however the local and central authorities of Romania have been slow to recognise the international importance of the area and have chosen instead to construct a national road through the middle of this region in the hope of attracting large scale tourism to the area. The dispute started when local and central authorities decided to build a national road that is scheduled to cut straight through the area for almost 100 km."
"...the road will be build and surrounded with concrete wall up to 4 metres tall, making them an impassable barrier."
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.