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''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

''Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift''
Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

''... to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed''
P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Romania's disappearing forest

Level: upper-intermediate B2

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Cerna Valley National Park in Romania is home to one of Europe's last great beech forests.

But over half is unprotected and is currently facing extreme deforestation.

Watch this short BBC video about it and and then answer the following questions:

1) What is the threat to the forest?
2) Who is Alex Telega?
3) How much of the forest is protected by UNESCO?
4) Who is Sorin Nicolicoui?
5) Has illegal logging stopped?

And a bonus question:
How many national parks are there is Romania? (You will have to do some extra research for this one!)

Answers below!

1) Extreme logging
2) A volunteer for Agent Green

3) Less than half
4) Director of Forestry, Mehedinti County
5) No

Bonus question:
How many national parks are there is Romania? 


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