Fundația ADEPT… protecting Transylvania’s unique farmed landscapes, their biodiversity, and the farming communities who live within them.
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Fundatia ADEPT - story of the first 10 years
Fundatia ADEPT has been working since 2004 to protect the nature-rich farmed landscapes of Transylvania, and to support the traditional farming communities who have created them over centuries and who maintain them today. Our aim is to give these landscapes and communities an economic future and relevance in the 21st century without sacrificing their sustainability and productivity, which are in fact a model of wider significance in Europe.
These High Nature Value farmed landscapes are a refuge for many threatened species and habitats, lost in much of Europe, and they provide ecosystem services that are of vital importance for a sustainable European future.
They have been created by farmers over hundreds of years, and can only be preserved by continued traditional management by the farmers there today.
Saving such areas is of great importance for wider ecosystem services they provide for Europe – for example, clean air, clean water, flood prevention, pollination, bodiversity and agro-biodiversity.
They are threatened by lack of economic and social support, and by the drive for competitiveness in EU and global markets, which does not place a value on the wider benefits of these forms of agriculture. It would be a tragedy to lose such landscapes just as we are beginning to appreciate their importance.
When ADEPT started work in 2004, these kinds of semi-natural man-made landscapes did not enjoy support. They were not valued for nature conservation, since conservation efforts were focused on wilderness areas. And they were not valued for rural development, since their low-intensity land management was seen as contradictory to the goals of competitiveness, productivity and poverty-reduction.
More recently, it has become increasingly appreciated by policy-makers that - man-made semi-natural landscapes actually support higher diversity of habitats and wild speciesthan do many wilderness areas - small-scale farms actually offer higher productivity per hectare, greater long-term security, and higher local employment, than do industrial farms.
The ADEPT Foundation is proud that it has contributed to this shift in policy at national and European level. During the past 10 years, ADEPT has grown from a local project, to an NGO with national and European influence. Its strength in influencing policy derives from the fact that its proposals are based on practical experience through the innovative projects it carries out on the ground.
ADEPT has been working with farmers, local communities, universities, other NGOs, and government at all levels to solve the range of problems threatening the survival of these landscapes and farming communities.
An innovative approach is required if these landscapes and communities are to survive in the 21st century. Fundația ADEPT is carrying out an integrated programme linking economic and social benefits with biodiversity conservation, and raising local capacity for good management in the future.
See summary poster on left. For its pioneering, joined up and integrated approach to solving the problem of the viability of these high-nature farmed landscapes, the ADEPT Foundation has won awards at national (Romanian) and European level.
EU Life project: Saving the Important Pastoral Ecosystems of Transylvania (STIPA)
In 2010, Fundatia ADEPT successfully applied for EU LIFE funding, for the STIPA project, whose aim was to improve the conservation status of the important grasslands in the Sighișoara-Târnava Mare area. The project was co-financed by Orange Foundation.
There are over 5,000 ha of special dry grasslands in the area, which have a special protection status throughout the European Union. These grasslands can only be preserved by the farmers who manage them.
The STIPA project ended in late 2013.
ADEPT with the help of specialists succeeded in improving the future of these grasslands, by doing demonstration conservation work themselves, and by working with local farmers, broader communities and community groups, and with Town Halls in the area.
Fundația ADEPT in parnership with EOCA builds mountain bike trails linking nature to rural incomes
In March 2013, it was announced that Fundatia ADEPT’s project ’Discover Târnava Mare by bike’ had won first place in an international competition for outdoor projects that support communities and protect nature. Under the project, 13km of high quality mountain bike trail would be built, encouraging responsible tourism, and bringing extra income to villeges, and so using practical ways to protect this historic landscape. The project had the special support of the outdoor sports manufacturer and equipment supplier
By November 2013, 8 of the 13 km had been completed, and an inaugural race organised for local schoolchildren. The remaining 5 km will be competed early next year in time for inaugural events involving national and international mountain bike enthusiasts.
In March 2013, Fundația ADEPT and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) have begun a major strategic partnership, under which they will work together protecting High Nature Value Farmed landscapes at local and national levels in Romania, and at European level.
In 2013, Fundația ADEPT began a long term partnership with operation Wallacea. OpWall carries out a worlwide programme in which schoolchildren and university students gather information about the changes in and threats to globally important areas of biodiversity. Tarnava Mare is the chosen European hotspot. See Clip 1 (about Fundația ADEPT), Clip 2 (about OpWall nature projects in Tarnava Mare) and Clip 3 (about OpWall agriculture projects in Tarnava Mare).
A project that aims for traditional travel of 300 sheep led by shepherds through the Carpathian Mountains ...
In February 2014, at Sighişoara, Fundaţia ADEPT repeated its popular annual event dedicated to Family Farmers and Small-scale Producers from the Târnava Mare area, bringing together local farmers with the specialists who have contributed to the survival and prosperity of their landscapes.
LIFE STIPA project final report
The LIFE STIPA project, working with local farmers for conservation of important grasslands in the Târnava Mare region, ended in late 2013. The project was jointly funded by the European Commission and Fundatia Orange. To download a report of project results, click here. [.pdf file ~ 4.45MB]
EU Commissioner for Agriculture meets innovative grassland mower
EU Commissioner for Agriculture came to the Fundația ADEPT project area, to see some of our farm advisory activities. During the visit he was instructed in the use of an innovative Brielmaier mower, and enjoyed trying it out.
Trophy for 1st place at Brussels won again for Romania in 2013 by Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania
9 December 2013, Brussels. For the second year in succession, Fundația ADEPT Transilvania has won a top European Commission COMMUNICATION PRIZE. ADEPT won 1st Prize in the "Innovative Communication" section, with its SMS Family Farms project.
The project presented by Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania was developed with communication specialists KAMA System Ltd, and supported by Fundatia Orange and by the Swiss Romanian Cooperation Fund.
Fundaţia ADEPT Transilvania’s project – "Discover Târnava Mare" is a touristic mini guide through which you can visit and plan, overall, a walk through Târnava Mare - Transylvania.
Brussels conference promoting best implementation of the new CAP
On 29 October 2013, CEEweb for Biodiversity, Fundatia ADEPT and European Environment Bureau held the conference From a Grey Deal to a Green Implementation of the Future CAP? The conference presented ideas for best implementation of the new CAP. Dan Cismaș, a family farmer from Transilvania, is speaking on behalf of small-scale farmers across Europe. Click here to see the presentations, and a summary of outcomes.
Fundația ADEPT begins 3 year project for economic development of Romania’s High Nature Value farmed landscapes
High Nature Value Grasslands: filling gaps in policy and practice
The importance of High Nature Value Grasslands, the threats to them, and possible policy solutions, are summarised in document below, which provided inputs into the proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020.