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Impact of the Ecosystem from the Protected Areas in the custody of Bihor County Council and Tarii Crisurilor Museum on the main economic sectors

Romania

Project Facts

Project objective: Improved integration of biodiversity considerations in sectoral policies and legislation
Project promoter: Bihor County Council
Type of institution: Regional or local authority
Project number: RO02-0006
Target group(s): Public and private organizations, including not-for-profit organizations and NGOs, responsible for the organization and delivery of education and training at local, regional and national levels, Young adults,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 375,982
Final project costs: € 363,813
From EEA Grants: € 309,241
The project is carried out in: Bihor

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This is a project under the programme: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Summary of project results

 

The EcoNatura project implementation was important for the proposed north-western area of Romania: all 4 sites included in the project had no management plans. Project targeted 3 specific objectives eligible within RO 02 programme: (1) Increase knowledge of the economic value and contribution of protected natural areas and Natura2000 sites held by the Bihor County Council and the Crişului County Museum in different economic sectors, with 50% over a 12-month period. The objective was achieved by carrying out of a study on the economic value of the natural protected areas and of the Natura 2000 sites included in the project (printed in 100 copies; published on www.econaturabihor.ro). As important results might be mentioned: 4 detailed biodiversity reports, 4 reports of anthropogenic activities impact and a GIS database realized for the selected Natura2000 sites. (2) Increase the involvement of local communities in the protection and preservation of the environment through the creation of a minimum number of 20 rangers for the protected natural areas within 6 months. In this sense a ranger course was organized. 30 persons received a certificate in the ranger occupation. Three of the graduates were hired by Natura2000 sites custodians. A web application (Mobile Applications for EcoNatura Reports; from Android and iOS operating system application stores) was developed, implemented and might be used for reporting incidents encountered by users in the Natura2000 sites. The application is backed by a GIS database (project website - EcoMaps section). (3) Increase the protection of protected natural areas and Natura2000 sites by carrying out a campaign to raise the awareness of the importance of environmental protection for a period of 3 months. A web site was created for wider project results visibility. Also, 2 project conferences were realized, dissemination materials were distributed in schools/municipalities belonging to selected Natura2000 sites, 8 informative panels were installed, a round table "Results & conclusions within EcoNatura project" was organized, two articles were published in a daily national coverage newspaper, and a Natura 2000 presentation film was produced and broadcast. The film was posted on the project website www.econaturabihor.ro and Facebook page. The EcoNatura project increased knowledges, helped and provided solution (web application) to involve communities in protecting habitats and to stop degradation of ecosystem services.

 


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