Entire forests are being illegally cut down in Romania. Lax forestry policies are facilitating the deforestation. Residents have to cope with more frequent flooding.
The forests used to store rainwater. Now it floods into villages. After the fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, a third of the forests in the Carpathians became private property. The owners even deforested protected areas or sold them to timber companies. Reforestation seldom if ever takes place. The clearcutting has now taken on Mafia-like proportions.