OMV Petrom, the largest energy company in Southeastern Europe, continues the largest privately funded forestation initiative in Romania, with the support of six NGO’s known for their contributions to environment protection: Act for Tomorrow, Mai Mult Verde, Plantăm fapte bune în România, Pădurea Copiilor, Viitor Plus and Asociația Parcul Natural Văcărești.
“As a responsible company, we are putting every effort in reducing our impact on the environment, in all aspects of our business,” said Christina Verchere, CEO OMV Petrom. “This also means supporting communities to protect ecosystems and adapt to climate change. Romania plants for tomorrow campaign continues our long tradition of such projects. Through its scale – it is the largest private forestation initiative in Romania – and the number of partners involved, it also sets the context for increased collaboration, new ideas and a stronger call to environmental action in our society.”
Two new projects will be part of Romania plants for tomorrow this year: urban forests will be created in Moinesti, Urziceni and Buftea, to improve the air quality, reduce noise and increase biodiversity. The second project is the Educational Forest, in which pupils from several schools in Prahova County will take field trips to Tinosu to learn about the forest ecosystem.
Romania plants for tomorrow started in 2020 and it is planned for a period of 3 years, targeting the planting of 1.5 million seedlings for wich OMV Petrom contributes with 4.6 million euros. In the first year of the campaign, over 550,000 seedlings were planted in an area covering more than 120 hectares. In the second year, 500,000 seedlings will be planted on 107 hectares, in 28 locations from 14 counties. The forestation will start in March and will be split into two seasons – spring and autumn.
Between 2008 – 2019, OMV Petrom planted more than 700,000 trees on an area of 140 hectares, becoming one of the biggest promoters of planting activities in the private sector. Over time, the campaigns benefited from the support of employees and over 3,000 volunteers, who chose to contribute in order to protect and grow the forests of Romania.