When ADEPT started work in 2004, these kinds of semi-natural man-made landscapes did not enjoy support. More recently, policy-makers have increasingly appreciated the wider social, economic and environmental benefits of these kind of farming systems. Fundația ADEPT 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.
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.
For reports of project results, see the LIFE STIPA section.
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).
10 March 2014: United Nations special report
Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger.
Mr De Schutter said “At the local, national and international levels, policy must urgently support alternative, democratically-mandated visions. Objectives such as supplying diverse, culturally-acceptable foods to communities, supporting smallholders, sustaining soil and water resources, and raising food security within particularly vulnerable areas, must not be crowded out by the one-dimensional quest to produce more food.
“Food security must be built around securing the ability of smallholder farmers to thrive. Food democracy must start from the bottom-up, at the level of villages, regions, cities, and municipalities. Respect for their access to productive resources is key in this regard,” he added, calling for priority investments in agro-ecological and poverty-reducing forms of agriculture.
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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.
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 ~ 1.57MB]
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.
See news report for further details.
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.
See news report for further details.
High Nature Value Grasslands brochure contains an introduction to the farming systems of the HNV landscapes of Transylvania.
See HNV conference page for further details, and links to policy documents.
ADEPT has created a short musical clip for showing in Orange Romania outlets. This will increase the interest of a younger Romanian audience in our aims and activities. See film clip here.