A study into the economic and ecological potential of conservation enterprises to enhance the local economy, ecosystem services, and biodiversity in the Fagaras Mountains Natura 2000 site - PROGRESS

28.07.2016 - Here we are at the end

After a winding road, we can appreciate the results of an ambitious project, through which we have laid the ground for an economic development which can support nature conservation.

On July 28th, we met with local decision makers from all over the Fagaras Mountains Natura 2000 site at the Brasov Governor’s house.

We presented and explained the results of the project’s activities and how these can contribute to enhance nature services through low impact economic activities, on a long term.

Some successful examples from all around the world were presented by our partner’s Conservation Capital RO expert, Matt McLuckie.

After the meeting we have been invited by local mayors to visit their communes and to see how we can use the tools resulted from the project’s activities.

We are thankful to all who have supported and participated to the achievement of this project.

11.07.2016 - Another great outcome of our project: The Conservation Centre planning guide

Conservation Centres can become the “bio” fuel for a green economy development around a natural protected area. It can include a series of functionalities such as visiting, education, conservation enterprise development and consultancy as well as protected area administration facility.

Conservation Centres must be seen as an example of mixture between local architecture and newest clean technology and low energy consumption.

Here you can download: The Guide

13.06.2016 - Conservation enterprises, the right way for the development of communities in Fagaras Natura 2000 protected area

We held first of three meetings where we presented the concept of nature based development, with the help of Rucar local authorities.
We presented our ideas, backed up by reports of economic experts from Conservation Capital Romania, but we also listened to the authorities, entrepreneurs and people from Rucar and Dambovicioara region.
We are confident that together with them we can promote an economic environment that is based on natural values such as ecotourism or adventure tourism and related services, picking and processing the natural products or superior wood processing, but also the conservation of nature and its ecosystem services.

13.05.2016 - People and nature are losing ground throughout Fagaras Mountains.

Watch this video trying to answer the questions “Why?” and more important “What can be done?”

13.04.2016 - Our projects’ first results

05.04.2016 - Workshop with architect experts

One of the objectives of this project is to develop plans for a multifunctional conservation centre, dedicated to communities around the Fagaras Mountains. For this task, we have joined up with architects Peter Mrass and Jan Huelsemann, who have extensive experience on ecological architecture with local materials and local styles in various parts of Transylvania, Germany, and other countries.

Conservation centres are infrastructure elements designated for different activities with the main goal of biodiversity conservation and other important values of a region or a protected area.

These Centres may consist in administrative buildings for the protected area personnel, visitor’s centres with information purpose, educational buildings for schools and volunteers, but also production buildings for conservation enterprise development and support for a green economy.

We are making good progress in designing plans for the centre and will soon have an outline and a first draft ready.

07.12.2015 - Filming in Fagaras for videoclip production

Keeping vast wilderness areas in the Fagaras Mountains and socio-economic development sound like antagonistic concepts. Through this project we want to explore solutions, which allow a better life for local people and enhancing conservation of natural areas by so called, “green” businesses. Conservation enterprises or “green” businesses, are economic initiatives that use mostly renewable resources, they are managed by local people, creates jobs for locals and especially, supports conservation and biodiversity of the Fagaras Mountains. In November, we have discovered several such initiatives and we have recorded unique images captured over 8 days of travelling through the Fagaras Mountains Natura 2000 site. The filmteam from Ateles Films, Netherlands, will produce a short movie about this kind of enterprises, hoping the public will realize the benefits of such development.

20.11.2015 - Talking with people living in Fagaras Natura 2000 site

Throughout this summer, a team of 7 sociologists visited the 28 communities surrounding the Fagaras Mountains Natura 2000 site to collect data on the hardships and discontents of people’s lives, their needs and desires, but also the joys and celebrations. We were particularly interested in the attitudes and beliefs of the local population towards the surrounding nature as part of their everyday life.

The sociologists have been engaged in this project to listen and comprehend and to enter into a dialogue in order to promote a sustainable development for the communities, where economic interests support nature conservation by using local labour, by developing environmentally friendly services and by adding greater value to local products.

06.07.2015 - Selection of Field Workers

After detailed planning of the field work, we select six field workers, who will spend the summer in the local communities around the Fagaras Mountains to collect all relevant data for the planning and implementation phase.

27.05.2015 - 02.06.2015 - Face to face with international experts

First working meeting with Neil Birnie, Giles Davies, and Matt McLuckie from Conservation Capital and John Linnell and Yennie Bredin from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research. We elaborate a work plan and the methodology for the field data collection. Yennie stays on for another few days for an extensive field trip to get to know the area.

19.05.2015 - Signature of contract

In the presence of the Norwegian ambassador Tove Bruvik Westberg, FCC’s executive director Christoph Promberger and Minister of Environment Graţiela Gavrilescu signed the contract for the ECOSS project.

12.05.2015 - Team Selection

After approval of our project application “Study into the economic and ecological potential of conservation enterprises to enhance the local economy, ecosystem services, and biodiversity in the Fagaras Mountains Natura 2000 site”, the FCC project team is complete now with Daniel Bucur and Raluca Barbu as the key project leaders, and Monica Vasile as the socio-economic expert.