The Ecologist


Romania: 1/13 of 13

Devastated mountains in Romania's Sebes Valley. Photo: Magda Munteanu / BIRN (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network).

Austrian timber giant ransacking Romania's forests

The Ecologist

21st October 2015

Austrian timber company Schweighofer is linked to large-scale illegal logging which accounts for half of Romania's timber production. An EIA investigation finds that almost all the illegal timber ends up in the company's mills. more...
Thugs throwing rocks at illegal timber investigators from Agent Green in Romania, 24th May 2015. Photo: still from video by Agent Green.

Romania's 'occupy forests' movement demands clampdown on corporate crime

Raluca Besliu

21st August 2015

A growing protest movement is demanding strong controls on international investors and logging companies buying up Romania's forests, writes Raluca Besliu. In its sights is Austria-based Schweighofer, which stands accused of criminal malpractice and accepting illegal timber shipments. The popular outrage stirred up by corporate misdeeds is now stimulating a wider democratic revival. more...
Demonstration in Rosia Montana against the gold mine project, 22nd September 2013. Photo: Initiative Mittel- und Osteuropa e.V. via Flickr (CC BYNC-SA).

Romania faces $2.56bn claim for failed gold mine

Oliver Tickell

14th August 2015

Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources is seeking over $2.5 billion damages from Romania after it rejected a vast gold mine at Rosia Montana, writes Oliver Tickell. Incredibly, it is taking legal action under a UK-Romania trade agreement. more...
Farming in Poland, the traditional way. Photo: Jejma via Flickr.

The farmer is the future

Julian Rose

13th June 2014

In our modern world of supermarkets and on-demand delivery, its easy to forget about the few remaining 'real farmers' who grow healthy, wholesome food, writes Julian Rose. But it won't be long before we give them the appreciation they deserve ... more...
A wolf in the Transylvanian forest at dusk. Photo: Istvan Kerekes / AFIAP.

Bullets and false statistics - Transylvania's wolves in peril

Luke Dale-Harris in Transylvania

29th April 2014

On paper, Romania has a thriving wolf population. But Luke Dale-Harris finds that the official view is based on erroneous figures from hunting associations who are, bizarrely, responsible for wolf conservation. The truth is that the wolves are at serious and growing risk. more...
Pungesti - the protests against Chevron and the fracking profiteers continue as homes are shaken by earthquakes and wells are poisoned. Photo: Radu Ciorniciuc.

Romania - a Peasants Revolt against fracking

Jim Wickens & Paraic O'Brien

18th February 2014

Earthquakes and poisoned wells are setting off a revolt against fracking in Romania, revealing deep fault lines between the rural heartlands and the urban political elite. Jim Wickens & Paraic O'Brien report on a country at war with itself. more...

Pungesti - villagers 'living in terror' of police violence

Oliver Tickell

28th December 2013

Romania - A leading human rights group has charged the Government with serious violations of the human rights of inhabitants of Pungesti following protests against pre-fracking gas exploration by Chevron. more...

Romania rejects Rosia Montana gold mine

The Ecologist

12th December 2013

Romania's parliament has voted down changes to mining laws that would have allowed Europe's biggest open cast pit gold mine to go ahead at Rosia Montana in the Carpathian mountains. more...
Villagers clash with riot police at Pungesti. Image:

Pungesti, Romania: people versus Chevron and riot police

Alex Summerchild in Pungesti

12th December 2013

Pungesti is at the terrifying front line of Romania's resource war - where villagers are fighting off rapacious corporations and their private army of violent riot police, backed by corrupt politicians. Alex Summerchild reports ... more...
Village anti-fracking protest. Photo: Jim Wickens / EFU.

Transylvania revolts: Farmers against fracking

Jim Wickens

27th November 2013

The unspoilt pastoral landscape of Transylvania is the latest battlefield in the war against aggressive fossil energy extraction. Jim Wickens reports on the farming communities fighting back against multinational energy companies. more...

Open Letter to Prince Charles about Cyanide mining in Romania

September 12th, 2013

From Rupert Wolfe Murray

Rupert Wolfe Murray writes to Prince Charles about his grave concerns for the Rosia Montana region of Transylvania, under threat from Cyanide mining....... more...

Transylvania: could this 'lost in time' land be the future of European agriculture?

Laura Sevier

7th January, 2011

Transylvania has maintained traditional farming methods for hundreds of years. As it faces the twin threats of intensive agriculture and byzantine EU policies, its model of under-development is attracting the interest of policy makers more...

Romania: 1/13 of 13


Steffi the Vampire Slayer


1st June, 2005

Paul Kingsnorth talks to Stephanie Roth, the former Ecologist campaigns editor who has
just been awarded the 'environmental movement's Nobel prize' for risking life and limb
to prevent the exploitation of the largest gold reserves in Europe


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