With a contribution of 4.6 million euros, the “Romania plants for tomorrow” program is the largest planting initiative financed from private funds in Romania. Within it, approximately 1,500,000 seedlings will be planted on 300 hectares, in the period 2020-2023.
Afforestation actions are organized with the support of six NGOs recognized for their contributions to environmental protection: Act for Tomorrow, Mai Mult Verde, Plantăm fapte bune în România, Pădurea Copiilor, Viitor Plus and Asociația Parcul Natural Văcărești.
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At the same time, the “Romania plants for tomorrow” program has become a platform for new ideas and initiatives that contribute to achieving the objectives of sustainable development: SDG 13, SDG 15, SDG 17.
“Romania plants for tomorrow” initiatives:
FOREST DESIGN STUDY
Forests capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As part of the campaign, OMV Petrom supports research in the field of carbon capture and funds the first initiative in Romania for calculating and forecasting the carbon stock, carried out by Forest Design using the LiDAR (3D Laser) scanning technique, as well as digitizing the information obtained.
TINY URBAN FOREST
Under this program, we create the first tiny urban forests in Moinești, Bucharest and Buftea. Following the technique developed by the Japanese Akira Miyawaki, these urban forests are globally recognized for their potential to improve air quality, reduce city noise and increase biodiversity.
Project meant to show the 350 students from Prahova County the importance of forests, the role of biodiversity and the associated benefits. Thus, students from several schools in the county will make educational trips to Tinosu, to find out more details about the forest ecosystem.
Between 2008 and 2019, OMV Petrom planted over 700,000 trees, on an area of 140 hectares, becoming one of the largest promoters in the private sector of planting actions. The campaigns carried out over time have benefited from the support of employees and over 3,000 volunteers, who have chosen to contribute civically to protect and grow the forests in Romania.
We planted in areas affected by landslides, to prevent sandstorms, against water accumulations and floods, to protect roads, improve air quality or regenerate demanding species.
During the period 2008-2010, OMV Petrom was involved in the “Romania takes roots” campaign, a project carried out in public – private partnership with Realitatea TV, The National Directorate of Forests (Romsilva) and the MaiMultVerde Association.
The first afforestation action took place in 2008 in the areas affected by floods from the north of the country in the localities Comănesti (Bacău county), Doljeşti (Neamţ county) and Udeşti (Suceava county). In 2009, the areas affected by drought from the south of the country have been forested, as well as other areas with risk of floods from Moldavia: Sudiţi (Ialomiţa county), Dăbuleni (Dolj county), Sculeni (Iaşi county), Comăneşti (Bacău county), Sfinţeşti (Teleorman county), Remetea Mică (Timiş county). The planting continued also in 2010 in the communes of Chițcani (Vaslui county), Sadova (Suceava county), Oancea (Galați county) and Dăbuleni (Dolj county).
Together with the MaiMultVerde Association, we contributed to the afforestation of over 48 hectares of land with over 250,000 trees in 9 counties in Romania.
During the period 2007-2009, together with the local authorities we built 6 parks in 6 big cities in Romania: Bucharest, Pitești, Moinești, Ploiești, Timișoara, Constanța. The project emerged in response to a constant need facing cities nationwide: the lack of green space.
Thus, the parks Lunca Florilor from Bucharest, Expo Parc from Piteşti, Central Park from Moineşti, Libertăţii Park from Ploieşti, Adolescents Park from Timişoara, CET Constanța Park have taken on a new shape a new form. The six green locations were built on vacant land, where green areas were missing or instead of other parks that were not functional and unsafe for the community.