Through the LCC project the Romanian Gendarmerie was given jurisdiction for anti-poaching over the entire project area, known as the Apuseni-Western Carpathians Ecological Corridor. The ecological corridor comprises 17 Natura 2000 sites, covering over 4.600km2, overlapping with the counties of Alba, Arad, Bihor, Caras-Severin, Cluj, Gorj, Hunedoara and Timis.
The project is taking a novel approach by creating a specialist unit within the County Gendarmerie, to directly tackle poaching and other environmental crimes. Using specialist equipment and patrolling methods, the Anti-poaching Units aim to prevent and detect poaching in problem areas.
The Anti-poaching Units have been successful in preventing and reducing the levels of poaching and environmental crimes, with 37 offenses being detected, and 168 infractions being issued.
A successful example can be found at the following link: Poachers caught by Gendarmes in a forest from Zam
To support this work the Gendarmerie carries out activities to support local communities by providing information and education on topics of environmental protection.