Uncontrolled cutting down of trees, poaching, lack of waste management system, exhausting business projects, and climate change lead to Carpathian forests being in the zone of ecological risk. The local population of depressed remote rural areas are traditionally accustomed to forest exploitation.
NABU International in cooperation with NGO’s, national parks and the Church community both in the Ukraine and Romania want to provide local people with alternative practical examples of life activities and sustainable development in the Carpathians’ unique ecosystems.
The main goal of the project which VGP Foundation supports is to develop and then implement an educational program for children and youth in rural areas of the Carpathians. The aim is to reach circa 45,000 children and adults during the project implementation.