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Biodiversity conservation and community development in Transylvania
Conservarea biodiversităţii şi dezvoltare comunitară în Transilvania

April 2013: Swiss-funded project for economic development of High Nature Value farmed landscapes

In April 2013, Fundatia ADEPT, in partnership with WWF Romania and ProPark, the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and AGRIDEA (Switzerland) began a 3-year project, funded by the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme, to develop ways to give economic viability to the important High Nature Value farmed landscapes of Romania, and to the small-scale farming communities who maintain them.

This is the largest ever project in Romania dedicated to promoting the survival of these HNV landscapes, which are of vital importance to Europe in many ways.

The project includes
  • assessment of HNV landscapes and their needs, working in several pilot areas around Romania
  • proposals for targeted incentive schemes
  • proposals for improved marketing of HNV products
  • a strong training and capacity-building element in the pilot areas, so that small-scale farmers and producers can develop long-term economic viability, and training packages remain as a project legacy, for wider use.

  • The project runs from April 2013 to March 2016.


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ADEPT wins top EU prize three years in succession for bringing benefits to small-scale farmers

2014: Top EU DG Environment prize for bringing benefits to small-scale farmers

ADEPT wins top EU prize three years in succession for bringing benefits to small-scale farmers
In May 2014, ADEPT won top prize for the socio-economic benefits category of the newly-launched Natura 2000 prize from DG Environment. This follows EU top prizes in 2012 and 2013 from DG Agriculture for best communcation with farmers. This shows how ADEPT is crossing policy boundaries, delivering top-quality integrated programmes for the benefit of small-scale farmers in Romania. ADEPT hopes to replicate this successful, innovative model more widely in Europe. more

2013: top EU prize for communications won again in Brussels by Fundatia ADEPT 

9 December 2013, Brussels. For the second year in succession, Fundația ADEPT won a top EU prize for innovative communication with small-scale farmers, with its SMS Family Farms project. The project was developed with communication specialists KAMA System Ltd, and supported by Fundatia Orange and by the Swiss Romanian Cooperation Fund.

Visit SMSFF project. [RO | EN]
Read News Report [EN]
Get ADEPT Press Release CAPCA.pdf [RO]
Watch Video[YouTube - EN]

2012: top EU prize for communication CAP Communication Awards

EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos presenting Ben Mehedin with first prize for communicating with farmers under the Best CAP Communication Awards competition.

Sponsorul Oficial - Fundația Orange România