Activities

Our activities are splitted into five major pillars.

Land conservation

  • Purchase of 3,300 ha of natural forests, spruce monocultures or degraded land due to abusive exploitation practises for restoration purposes;
  • Obtain the highest legal protection level for at least 2,000 ha of natural forests by stipulating their complete protection in the National Catalogue of Virgin Forests or by stipulating a non-intervention approach in the Management Plan of the Natura 2000 sites.
  • Obtain the highest legal protection level for at least 2,000 ha of natural forests by stipulating their complete protection in the National Catalogue of Virgin Forests or by stipulating a non-intervention approach in the Management Plan of the Natura 2000 sites.

Ecological restoration

  • Restore 500 ha of clear-cuts
  • Convert 500 ha of spruce monocultures back to a mixed and healthy mountain forest
  • Establish new tree nurseries in order to produce saplings from indigenous seed sources
  • Remove riparian invasive species from two mountain valleys
  • Erosion control on 20 km of former exploitation roads
  • Restoration of 250 ha alpine grasslands with dwarf pine, rhododendron and juniper

Wildlife conservation

  • Reintroduce bison and beavers into Southern Făgăraș Mountains
  • Create a successful model of human-wildlife coexistence over ca. 80,000 ha by:
    • wildlife management based on prevention measure (provision of guarding dogs and electric fences)
    • rapid intervention team for direct conflict mitigation
    • innovative compensation measures
    • promote a wildlife management oriented on wildlife-human conflict mitigation

Community outreach

  • involve and empower local communities to be involved in conservation and sustainability
  • involve civil society through volunteer, ambassador and education programmes
  • create direct jobs and income through restoration work
  • develop an interesting destination through the wilderness label, the reintroduction of bison and beavers and the development of wildlife watching programmes
  • organise national and local events
  • involve local and national media to release a series of articles and newsletters regarding the project progress.

Conservation enterprises

  • Developing conservation enterprises to improve the conservation situation, create jobs and income opportunities for locals, and financially contribute to protected area administration and conservation easements for land owners.
  • Set up at least 10 functioning conservation enterprises within the local communities, to create a green economy that will bring a sustainable livelihood for the people.
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The project is implemented by Foundation Carpathia Conservation, in partnership with Asociația Ocolul Silvic Carpathia, Asociația de Vânătoare Piatra Craiului Făgăraș Conservation, SC Carpathia Agro & Finance SRL, Conservation Capital Consulting Ltd., Basarab I – Argeș County Gendarmerie Inspectorate and ProPark – Foundation for Protected Areas. This material was realised with the financial support of the European Commission through the LIFE Nature programme (www.ec.europa.eu) and from Arcadia Foundation through the ELP programme (Endangered Landscapes Programme, www.endangeredlandscapes.org). The content of this material does not necessarily represent the official position of the European Union.