Town Hall Saschiz

Town Hall Saschiz – the local authority representing the commune of Saschiz, 3 villages and 10,000 ha, one tenth of the total project area. Saschiz is strategically well placed to host the pilot project, it has a high proportion of priority habitats and species, and its local community has agreed an outline sustainable development management plan developed with assistance of ADEPT Foundation. The Mayor, Local Council and consultative committee of Saschiz share the vision of this project and assist the project with meetings, locations for signs, dissemination activities, contact with local people etc.

Local Action Group Dealurile Târnavelor

Fundaţia ADEPT supported the establishment of the Târnava Mare LAG in 2007, which includes local authorities, representatives of local community groups, locally active NGOs and entrepreneurs from the eight communes of the area.

Each LAG receives a large annual budget, under the National Rural Development Plan, and it is up to each LAG to decide on what projects the budget can be spent. There may be private commercial projects, so long as there is community benefit, or may be projects carried out by community groups such as schools, agricultural associations.

The Târnava Mare LAG has been chosen as a pilot Local Action Group, one of the first wave in Romanian, by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development. The LAG is also a member of an international partnership of Local Action Groups, with four other LAGs from UK and Ireland. The exchange of ideas between these groups has proved to be very stimulating for the village communities of Târnava Mare.

Slow Food

Slow Food is an international non-profit organisation based in Italy and currently made up of nearly 1,000 convivia, or chapters, whose vast network of over 80,000 members in over 100 countries is the greatest strength of the movement. Through its understanding of gastronomy with relation to politics, agriculture and the environment, Slow Food has become an active player in agriculture and ecology. The association’s activities seek to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread the education of taste, and link producers of excellent foods to consumers through events and initiatives.

ASURA Asociation

The ASURA Association is a non-governmental organization. It was founded in 2013, out of the desire to mobilize social actors in Romania in different projects and strategies, in order to promote economic and social cohesion and sustainable development. The objectives of the organisation are: development of the cultural-educational sector in the Romanian rural area; development of socio-economic sector (social economy) in disadvantaged communities; development of entrepreneurship and support of the young entrepreneurs; sustainable development of the tourism sector (focusing on areas with high, but unrecognized and untapped tourism potential).

AVES FRANCE (Association for Wildlife Conservation)

AVES France has been an active partner of Fundaţia ADEPT, helping with river and village cleaning projects, fauna inventories, and design of brochures for community awareness-raising on environmental and conservation issues. AVES France is a non-profit association which proposes ways to find practical solutions to the problems of co-existence with large carnivores, and to develop a more positive and sustainable relationship with the natural environment. Projects include educating the public about the conservation of both polar bears and spectacled bears, and a community waste project in the Tarnava Mare area (cleaning up a stream and public awareness).

Barbara Knowles Fund

Established by Barbara Knowles to encourage projects to support rural incomes and natural heritage. The fund works with Fundaţia ADEPT and Pogány-havas microregion association, scientists, farmers and local communities, the fund is running two major projects to improve rural incomes, support traditional agriculture, understand the ecology and biology of important wetland habitats, and identify and protect key species and habitats in need of conservation. One project focuses on the ecology and conservation of ponds and wetlands. The other aim is to increase milk quality and value. What could two such disparate topics have in common? The natural and cultural treasures of this special part of the world are closely connected. By helping local people to realise their value (in both senses of the word) the organisation aims to improve the rural economy in its modern context, while supporting activities that keep it special.

Colinele Transilvaniei (Transylvanian Highlands)

Some may know it as the area of the fortified churches in Transylvania, the cradle of Saxon culture in Romania. Others, may know it as a protected Natura 2000 area, where thousands of species of birds nest -their music is always a delight. Others, as a High Nature Value area with rich biodiversity, where traditional farming and agriculture practices are still a common practice. And others know that here, you find important UNESCO Heritage landmarks (Biertan, Saschiz, ValeaVilor or Viscri). Last, but not least, some know it as one of Prince Charles of Wales' favourite places in Romania.

The development of Transylvanian Highlands ecotourism destination is a joint initiative of 7 NGOs and 4 LAGs (Local Action Groups) active in the rural area between Sighisoara - Sibiu - Fagaras - Rupea, which aims to stimulate and promote sustainable tourism in this region, the largest continental protected natural area in Romania.

Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)

The DBU was established in 1990, subject to a law passed by the German Parliament on initiative of the then Finance Minister Dr. Theo Waigel: to use the amount of € 1.3 billion from privatising the former steel group Salzgitter AG for an environmental foundation. The income from its assets is used for the promotional activities.

Since 1991, more than 9200 projects have received financial backing totalling roundabout € 1,6 billion. The promotional activities concentrate on environmental technology and research, nature conservation, environmental communication and cultural assets.

The Board of Advisors is the executive committee of the foundation, voting on the most important decisions. It consists of 16 members appointed by the Federal Government.

DS Smith Charitable Foundation

DS Smith Charitable Foundation supports charities engaged in conservation of the environment and providing training or educational opportunities.

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, paper products and recycling services worldwide, with over 80 years of experience, operating in more than 30 different countries, and employing over 30,000 people.


Ecotur is an environmental, non-profit, professional, scientific and cultural NGO. Its aim is ecological and sustainable development, registered as a Romanian charity in 1994. Main activities are: rehabilitation of parks and natural areas; professional assistance and consultancy for citizens and environmental institutions; impact assessments for aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; elaboration of ecological management plans for hydrographical basins; environmental quality monitoring; training for other environmental associations members; ecological education for citizens (photos/slides, films, workshops, symposiums, conferences, broadcastings); editing posters, booklets and books. It is a leading member of Romania’s environmental NGO coalition.

Greensolar Equipment Manufacturing Ltd.

Greensolar Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. is an investor and developer company, active on the industrial fields of photovoltaics and having vast experience of renewable energies and related solutions. The company was established in 2009. With a stable background GS are currently interested in the field of developing photovoltaic power plant projects.


Milvus Group

The Milvus Group is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, dedicated to bird and nature protection, acting in the fields of conservation, education, research and advisory in order to make Romania a better place for birds, wildlife and people. The Milvus Group was established in 1991 and worked initially asa branch of the Romanian Ornithological Society. Initiating and coordinating national and international projects and broadening the area of work, it became and independent organisation in 2001 under the name Association for Bird and Nature Protection ‘Milvus Group‘. It has branches and school groups in different localities and realises projects on regional, national and international levels.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) actively supports the rural development and agri-environment elements of the project. Its extension/consultancy services wing, ANCA, is cooperating in joint training in all aspects of conservation-friendly agriculture, marketing, and alternative rural incomes.

Ministry of Environment

The Ministry of Environment and the Regional Environmental Protection Agency (REPA) amd County-level Environmental Protection Agencies (EPAs) of Mures, Sibiu and Brasov Counties, support the ADEPT project and the inclusion of the area in Natura 2000. The REPA and EPAs are responsible for implementation of environmental policies and legislation; coordination and elaboration of action plans and of environmental protection activities; supporting environmental protection initiatives of civil society; local inventory of Special Conservation Areas and of Special Protection Bird Areas (Natura 2000).

Mozaic Art Sighisoara

Mozaic Art Sighisoara supported the ADEPT project -  Angofa Nature School by donating the tiles for the entire building. Mozaic Art Sighisoara is the factory for manufacturing decorative ceramic mosaic production opened this year in Sighisoara.

Pogány-havas Microregion Association

The association was established in 1999 by the Harghita County Council's initiative and is composed of local governments, NGOs and businesses operating in the region. The association encourages tourism in the region by offering a booking and information service, working with guesthouse owners, producing tourist information, and organising a tourism round-table for local entrepreneurs. The association is also working with scientists and NGOs to catalogue and conserve the special animal and plant life of the region, especially in its wetlands and hay meadows.


ProPark Foundation for Protected Areas is one of the leading protected area and conservation training provider in Romania whose aim is to support the protected area system of Romania, and increasingly other Eastern European countries, to build capacity by developing professional standards for protected area managers and associated roles and pro- viding a wide range of tailored training and capacity building opportunities for current and future protected area staff. ProPark works closely with IUCN, whose Protected Area Capacity Development Programme initiated the Global Partnership for Professionalizing Protected Area Management (GPPPAM), working on competence standards for protected area professionals at site, system and sector levels and a pilot certification program for site level protected area professionals.

Pro Patrimonio Foundation

Pro Patrimonio, the Romanian National Heritage Trust, is an international non-profit NGO registered as a charity in Romania, United Kingdom, France and USA. Its mission is to identify, preserve, and advocate for the historical heritage of Romania. It aims to restore, rescue and revitalise endangered built and natural heritage for the benefit of future generations.

Școala A FI, AZI

Scoala A FI, AZI is the place where together parents and children can experience and cultivate those habits of calm and balance of the Mind, Body and Soul. Scoala A FI, AZI organizes a medieval camp every year, one week before the Medieval Festival in SIghișoara. Children from all over the country, who want to join the camp, have the chance to live in the medieval spirit: sing, dance, create, play theater, experience the simple and lively experiences and joy of the medieval era.

University Babes-Bolyai – Cluj

University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca (a leading state university in natural sciences). The Department of Taxonomy and Ecology has jointly managed various research projects such as ‘Grasslands Inventory in Romania’ (PIN MATRA), ‘Important Protected Areas in Romania’ (Natura 2000). The scientific staff of the Department is composed of specialists in terrestrial plant and animal taxonomy and ecology (algae, fungi, lichens, bryophytes, vascular plants, invertebrates and vertebrates). In 2007 it hosted the international Planta Europaea conference within the framework of Natura 2000 programme.

University Lucian Blaga – Sibiu

University Lucian Blaga, Sibiu (a leading state university in natural sciences). The Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection has considerable experience in research projects concerning protected areas, vegetation and flora, fauna, habitats, land use, land management, water management, etc. The Department has post-doctoral specialists in terrestrial and aquatic ecology, plant and animal taxonomy and systematics, geology, climatology, geography, chemistry, toxicology, population genetics.

University of Medicine & Pharmacy – Târgu Mureș

University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Târgu Mureș, Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, has the leading field botanists for the area on its staff. It is a member of the Romanian Association of Botanic Gardens. UMF-TGM worked in cooperation with Cluj University in the ‘Important Protected Areas in Romania’ (Natura 2000) project, and is member of the International Association of Phytosociology. Professor Oroian and colleagues have published a study of actual and potential Protected Areas in Mures, based on their own field work.

World Wide Fund for Nature – Danube Carpathian Programme

World Wide Fund for Nature – Danube Carpathian Programme Romania office has been in the forefront of the development of the Natura 2000 network in Romania. WWF–DCP has considerable experience in forest conservation issues in Romania.
WWF’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.

Ziarul de București

Ziarul de București informs citizens impartially, not being a political affiliate with any party, about news from different sectors, events, health. The newspaper's vision is to promote the good things with the hope of making Bucharest and Romania a better place.

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