In the period 2005-2009, Darwin Initiative
for Biodiversity (under the British Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra), in partnership with Orange Romania, were the main sponsors for the range of activities you see described in this website: biodiversity studies and conservation, and innovative measures to support the small-scale farming communities of the area.
In 2010, Darwin Initiative awarded Fundatia ADEPT a post-project grant, entitled: Tarnava Mare: securing the future of a Transylvanian HNV landscape.
Objectives are to consolidate management measures developed under main project into an official management plan triggering state support, while continuing to build local capacity, to secure the future good management of the project area and conserve its remarkable biodiversity, plus leaving a wider legacy in Romania of increased capacity for conservation of High Nature Value Farmed (HNVF) landscapes.
This project will consolidate the outputs of the main Darwin project, including by transferring of the conservation and protection of the area to local management. Key elements are:
a. consolidating management methodologies, especially within the GIS database
b. building local capacity to manage the area, to meet both conservation and of rural economy targets.
c. establishing a management plan with national recognition, under recently announced MoE guidelines, which will trigger state funding
d. further awareness-raising in schools, among farmers and community groups
e. building local capacity for local product marketing and diversification including tourism.
This will maximise the results of the original project, and significantly strengthen its long-term impact and legacy. This important funding will allow the Darwin project to leave the area with a secure future from 2013 onwards. It also represents recognition of the scientific strengths and social, environmental and developmental good practices being implemented through the project.
Darwin Initiative Newsletter highlights the ADEPT project
The Darwin Initiative newsletter of January 2009
- summarises some underlying concepts of the ADEPT project - the European and global importance of the biodiversity of man-made landscapes, and the key role played by farmers in maintaining such landscapes - and
- describes some outputs of the project, in particular research into the practical links between specific agricultural management and maintenance of high biodiversity, and economic incentives to promote continued biodiversity-friendly management by linking high nature value farming and agricultural income.
See newsletter pdf