Geodiversity of Buila-Vanturarita National Park
The Buila-Vanturarita National Park, the 12th national park in Romania and the 2nd in the Valcea district, was created by the Government Decision 2151/2004, as a result of a Kogayon Association project.
The protected area was assigned by the Romanian Academy – The Comission for Protection of the Natural Monuments - and by the Ministry of Environment and Water Management – the Direction for Biodiversity and Biosecurity – in the 2nd category of IUCN, whish states for “national park”; this assignment came as a conclusion after analyzing the “Scientific Basis Study of the Buila-Vanturarita National Park” provided by the Kogayon Association. Although it is the smallest national park in Romania on 4186 ha, Buila-Vanturarita, gathers very valuable elements that lead to its status of national park: lineary ridges of Jurassic calcareous stones with karst relief (exokarst and endokarst), valuable components of the flora and fauna, that are all part of the geodiversity notion. The pluridisciplinary research studies realized by the Kogayon Association during the development of the project for the creation of the national park and afterwards, have contributed to the deep knowledge of the geodiversity in the area.