In the period 2005-2009, Darwin Initiative
for Biodiversity (under the British Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra), in partnership with Orange Romania, were the main sponsors for the range of activities you see described in this website: biodiversity studies and conservation, and innovative measures to support the small-scale farming communities of the area.
In 2010, Darwin Initiative awarded Fundatia ADEPT a post-project grant, entitled: Tarnava Mare: securing the future of a Transylvanian HNV landscape.
Objectives were to consolidate management measures developed under main project into an official management plan triggering state support, while continuing to build local capacity, to secure the future good management of the project area and conserve its remarkable biodiversity, plus leaving a wider legacy in Romania of increased capacity for conservation of High Nature Value Farmed (HNVF) landscapes.
This project consolidated the achievements of the main Darwin project, including by transferring of the conservation and protection of the area to local management.
Key elements are:
- The Târnava Mare HNV project created the first management plan for a lowland farmed landscape in Romania.
- An innovative database using GIS has been developed and is operational and accessible to all those involved in habitat/species management in the area
- Capacity was built among dairy farmers to produce higher quality milk and enable the sale of that milk at much higher rates than was previously possible
- 19,675 ha of forest has been FSC certified
- 463 people received some form of training through the project
- The project received the “Best CAP communication award” by the European Commission (out of 118 candidate projects)
- Over 500,000 people were reached (both directly and indirectly) by the project media strategy
- The project proved to be excellent value for money, with over £8 generated for local biodiversity conservation linked livelihoods from every £1 invested
This has maximised the results of the original project, and significantly strengthened its long-term impact and legacy. This gives the area with a more secure future. It also represents recognition of the scientific strengths and social, environmental and developmental good practices being implemented through the project.
Darwin Initiative Newsletter highlights the ADEPT project
The Darwin Initiative newsletter of January 2009
- summarises some underlying concepts of the ADEPT project - the European and global importance of the biodiversity of man-made landscapes, and the key role played by farmers in maintaining such landscapes - and
- describes some outputs of the project, in particular research into the practical links between specific agricultural management and maintenance of high biodiversity, and economic incentives to promote continued biodiversity-friendly management by linking high nature value farming and agricultural income.
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