With a contribution of 4.6 million euros, the “Romania plants for tomorrow” program is the largest privately funded planting initiative in Romania. Within it, approximately 1,500,000 seedlings will be planted on 300 hectares, in the period 2020-2023.
The afforestation actions will be carried out with the support of six NGOs recognized for their contributions to environmental protection: Act for Tomorrow, More Green, We plant good deeds in Romania, Children's Forest, Viitor Plus and Văcărești Natural Park Association. The Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests provides support through forestry specialists and local expertise throughout the planting campaign.
In 2020, the plantings took place in 24 localities in 16 counties, on a total area of over 120 hectares. In 2021, the second year of the campaign, 500,000 seedlings will be planted on 107 hectares, in 28 localities in 14 counties. The afforestation actions started in March 2021 and will be take place in spring and autumn.
Forests sequester carbon by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As part of the campaign, OMV Petrom supports research in the field of carbon sequestration and funds the first initiative in Romania for calculating and forecasting carbon stocks, carried out by Forest Design using the LiDAR (3D Laser) scanning technique, as well as digitizing information obtained - https: /www.forestdesign.eu/Portal/.
"Romania plants for tomorrow" contributes to the support of three objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: (13) Climate Action, (15) Terrestrial Life and (17) Partnerships for Achieving the Objectives.
Two new projects will be part, this year of the "Romania plants for tomorrow" campaign.
Urban forests will be created in Moinești, Urziceni and Buftea, with the role of improving air quality, reducing noise and increasing biodiversity.
The Educational Forest is the second new project, in which students from several schools in Prahova County will make educational trips to Tinosu, to learn 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.
Some of the important projects and results from the last over 13 years of planting in Romania:
Romania takes roots
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).
Planting in Andrei's Country
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.
The Parks of the Future
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.
For more information about plantings and about the social responsibility programs developed by OMV Petrom, please go to https://www.taraluiandrei.ro/.