ADEPT and the local community
The survival of traditional small-scale farming communities is threatened throughout Europe and in Romania. These communities are particularly important from an economic and cultural point of view.
The ADEPT project gives as high a priority to the survival of small-scale farming communities as it does to biodiversity conservation. They must each support the survival of the other.
ADEPT is working to raise understanding, among the men, women and children of local communities, of why their area is important, and how its conservation can benefit them. Conservation can only succeed if local communities actively support the conservation vision for the area. Local people will support the vision, not by being coerced by regulations, but by seeing that it can offer them and their children a better future.
We are developing training courses and public awareness programmes: books, school programmes, posters, newsletters and village festivals, essential to gather local support for conservation and understanding of its potential economic benefits.