Ionut-Sorin Banciu, the regional lead of WWF-DCP forest programme, is based in Romania. He brings loads of professional experience after twelve years working as a FSC lead auditor. He was an advisor for the Romanian State Secretary for Forests, and a Technical Manager for public and private forest administrations. He is part of WWF’s team since the beginning of 2017.
What are the biggest challenges for forests in the Danube-Carpathian region?
I would say that the biggest challenges we face in the region are related to keeping the balance between our countries’ development and the use of natural resources.
Forests have always played an important role in our region’s history and their evolution is very much linked with our countries’ development.
Historically, the forest management systems applied in the region had the role of preserving the natural heritage of the Carpathians, like virgin and old growth forests, and important populations of large carnivores.