Our Project Timeline

Viscri Cheese Production Centre

Design a local cheese value chain in the Saxon Villages area of Transylvania (Viscri), which will give added value to the milk produced by grass-fed cows owned by family farmers in the region.
Funded by: The Carrefour Foundation and Orange Foundation
Project Duration: March 2019 - March 2020  (1 year)

Angofa Valley Demonstration Farm

In an unspoilt valley near Sighisoara, we are developing a model farm where to show how innovation and new markets can support traditional communities and land management; for the benefit of farmland biodiversity, sustainable farming, and small-scale farmer incomes.
Funded by: Flora & Flora International and Grass Valley Trust
Project Duration: 2016 - continuous

Angofa Schoolhouse Rehabilitation - Educational activities and their impact

Restored and equipped, the schoolhouse will become an important regional centre for educational activities
Funded by: The Marcela Trust
Project Duration: 2017 - continuous

Revival of the old crafts - Saschiz Pottery Workshop

Training of young people from the Saxon Villages region of Transylvania in pottery skills in order to revive the old Saschiz pottery centre renowned for its blue ware since the 1700s
Funded by: Camelia Botnar Foundation
Project Duration: 2012 - continuous

Social Economy - Vector of European Sustainable Integration (ES-VIES)

De minimis aid scheme for the establishment of social enterprises in the Central, South-East and West regions of Romania, with the objective "Strengthening the capacity of social economy enterprises to operate in a self-sustainable way", "Support for the establishment of social enterprises", related to the Human Capital Operational Program 2014-2020 (POCU 2014-2020), Priority Axis 4, "Social inclusion and combating poverty", Specific objective 4.16.


Funded by: European Union / Ministry of European Funds, as Managing Authority for the Human Capital Operational Program
Project Duration : September 2019 - September 2022 (36 months)

Resilient Farmlands (RESIFARMS)

Promoting education to boost ecosystem services of non-productive agricultural lands.

Funded by: European Comission through Erasmus+ Programme
Project Duration: September 2019 - February 2022 (40 months)

Cooperation and association in the Dealurile Tarnavelor LAG (COOPGALDT)

Promoting the agricultural associative structures in the Dealurile Tarnavelor Local Action Group area in order to commonly capitalize and market their products (covering the following villages Saschiz, Vânători, Albești, Apold, Nadeș, Daneș, Laslea și Biertan, in Mureș and Sibiu counties).

Funded by: Agenția pentru Finanțarea Investițiilor Rurale prin Grupul de Acțiune Locală Dealurile Târnavelor
Project Duration: October 2019 - May 2020 (8 months)

Flavours of our neighbourhood

Facilitate the cooperation between farmers in the Local Action Group Podisul Mediasului territory for selling local products through short food chains, establish an associative structure and promoting short food chains.
Funded by: Local Action Group Podișul Mediașului
Project Duration: October 2018 - July 2020 (21 months)

Celebrating Biodiversity Governance (BioGov)

Participatory governance to improve natural and cultural heritage policies.Participatory governance focuses on stakeholder cooperation; governance structure, size and scope of the multistakeholder partnership, and number of stakeholders influencing policies varies according to regional context.
Funded by: European Union/European Regional Development Fund
Project Duration: 2018 - 2022 (4 years)

Entrepreneurship - an excellent career alternative

Increasing employment by supporting non-agricultural businesses in the urban area by promoting entrepreneurial culture and developing entrepreneurial and managerial skills and knowledge in South Muntenia region (in Argeș, Călărași, Dâmbovița, Giurgiu, Ialomița, Prahova, Teleorman counties)
Funded by: Project co-financed by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Operational Program 2014-2020 POCU / 82/3/7/105905
Project Duration: 2017 - 2020 (3 years)

Entrepreneurship is developing Transylvania (ADA)

Increasing employment by supporting non-agricultural businesses in the urban area by promoting entrepreneurial culture and developing entrepreneurial and managerial skills and knowledge in central region (Alba, Brașov, Covasna, Harghita, Mureș, Sibiu counties)
Funded by: Project co-financed by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Operational Program 2014-2020 POCU / 82/3/7/105905
Project Duration: 2017 - 2020 (3 years)

Development of a European Private Land Conservation Network – LIFE ELCN

LIFE programme: LIFE Preparatory Projects call for Establishment of a European Private Land Conservation Network
ADEPT Pilot action: Building commercial incentives for private landowner cooperation in nature conservation
Funded by: European Commission
Project Duration: 2017 - 2020 (3 years)

PlanUp - Improving civil society involvement in Romania’s National Energy and Climate Plan and its long-term decarbonisation

Engaging national, regional and local partners, the PlanUp project focuses on five EU Member States: Spain, Italy, Poland, Romania and Hungary. PlanUp closely tracks the development of each country’s national energy and climate plan, to ensure their NECPs are strong and inclusive tools to support the decarbonisation of Europe.

Funded by: European Union’s LIFE programme

Project Duration: 2018 - 2021 (4 years)

RBAPS - Results-Based Payments for Biodiversity: A New Pilot Agri-Environment Scheme for the Tarnava Mare and Pogány Havas Regions

A “results-based” agri-environment scheme which is targeted at High Nature Value hay meadows, rewarding practical management that produces good quality hay and protects wild species
Funded by: DG Environment and Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)
Project Duration: 2015 - 2019 (4 years)

STACCATO - SusTaining AgriCultural ChAnge Through ecological engineering and Optimal use of natural resources

Focus on the analysis and evaluation of Ecosystem Services (ESS), both in isolation and in concert, and their sensitivity to land use patterns in agriculturally dominated landscapes
Funded by: a BiodivERsA funded EU project
Project Duration: 2014 - 2018 (4 years)

Operation Wallacea

In 2013, Fundația ADEPT began a long term partnership with operation Wallacea. OpWall carries out a worldwide programme in which schoolchildren and university students gather information about the changes in and threats to globally important areas of biodiversity. Târnava Mare is the chosen European hotspot.
Funded by: Opwall Trust
Project Duration: 2013 - continuous

Capacity Building

Capacity building assistance to Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania
Funded by: Fauna and Flora International
Project Duration: 2010 - 2018 (8 years)

Protection of habitats by land purchase

Protection by purchase of blocks of land of high biodiversity value, that are threatened by land management changes
Funded by: Fauna and Flora International and Grass Valley Trust
Project Duration: 2013- 2018 (5 years)

AgriSpin – Space for innovations in Agriculture

The AgriSpin increases the spread of agricultural innovations in the European farming community, through amplifying good examples of innovation support systems and through multifactor learning about ways to stimulate innovation and remove obstacles
Funded by: the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Project Duration: 2014 - 2017 (3 years)


An unique competition that carries the participants for 5 days on a 660-kilometer route and 11 cities. Beyond passion for cycling, the participants also enrol to support one of the educational causes.
Funded by: Fundatia Orange and other partners
Project Duration: 2014 - 2017 (3 years)

Rural Development and High Nature Value Farmlands in Romania

Improved economic viability of local livelihoods from HNV farmlands in Romania and conservation of agri-environmental benefits
Funded by: the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme
Project Duration: 2013 - 2016 (3 years)

ESSEDRA - Environmentally Sustainable Socio-Economic Development of Rural Areas

International project developed in partnership with Slow Food International and 10 other organizations from 8 countries, for experience sharing, and promoting local/traditional products all around Europe
Funded by: European Commission through DG Enlargement
Project Duration: 2012 - 2016 (4 years)

GIRO - Development of Geographical Indication in Romania

International project developed in partnership with AGRIDEA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Develoment in Romania for building a proper GI protection system for agri-products.
Funded by: the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme
Project Duration: 2012 - 2016 (4 years)

Green infrastructure in Sighișoara-Târnava Mare Natura 2000 Site – Discover Târnava Mare by Bike

Creation of a green network or infrastructure, “owned” by local communities, that will catalyse local cooperation in the development of green enterprises
Project Supported by a Grant From Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the Enlarged European Union Programme Romania
Project Duration: 2013 - 2016 (3 years)

Social Economy - Stimulating Economic Development in the Regions of Bucharest - Ilfov, Center, North West and South Muntenia - POSDRU / 173 / 6.1 / S / 148732

Developing 5 social economy structures and increasing the chances of sustainable integration on the labor market in the social economy structures of 100 people (of which 50% women) from the Central, North-West, BI and South-Muntenia regions
Funded by : Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013, Priority Axis 6: Promoting Social Inclusion, Key Area of ​​Intervention: 6.1 Developing the Social Economy
Project Duration: 2015 (1 year)


Assessment of the conservation status of permanent meadows located in the eligible areas for agri-environmental measure packages applicable to agricultural land with permanent pasture category.

Funded by: European Commission. Direct beneficiary: Romanian Ministry of Agriculture. ADEPT was a subcontractor for this specific project

Duration: March 2015 - September 2015 (6 months)

For Nature and Local Communities - Basics of a Natura 2000 integrated management in the Hârtibaciu - Târnava Mare area -Olt

Development of the Management Plan for the Natura 2000 site Sighisoara - Tarnava Mare; RO SCI 0027
Funded by: POS Mediu
Project Duration: 2011 - 2015 ( 4 years)

Ecosystem Services from High Nature Value farmland - Green industry in Romania

Environmental friendly and profitable farmer’s production in five local communities in the Transylvanian region by combining traditional land management and ecosystem services
Funded by: a grant from Norway through the Norway Grants 2009-2014, in the frame of Green Industry Innovation Programme Romania
Project Duration: 2012 - 2014 (2 years)

Târnava Mare SCI: Saving Transylvania’s Important Pastoral Ecosystem (STIPA)

Improvement of the conservation status of Sighișoara-Târnava Mare SCI Natura 2000 site, a priority dry grassland habitat
Funded by: the LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity Programme of the European Union and Fundația Orange
Project Duration: 2011 - 2014 (3 years)

Wild Flower Europe – Celebrating rural cultures and landscape

Celebrating artistic and cultural diversity in rural communities and promoting this diversity in Europe
Funded by: DG Culture - European Commission
Project Duration: 2012 - 2014 (2 years)

Grundtvig - Our Agro Bio Diversity

Learning Partnership / development of a network of non-governmental organizations in both old and new EU Member States
Funded by: Grundtvig - European Commission
Project Duration: 2011 - 2013 (2 years)

Promoting sustainable production for small-scale farming communities in a Natura 2000 landscape in Transylvania

Support rural communities in bringing local benefits from the traditional land management
Funded by: Innovation Norway
Project Duration: 2009 - 2011 (2 years)

CAP Information Measure

Demonstration markets, raising international awareness of CAP support for sustainable agriculture responsive to Europe’s social expectations
Funded by: European Union, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development
Project Duration: 2011 (1 year)

Official management plan development, building local capacity and securing sustainable management of the Târnava Mare area

Funded by: UK Darwin Initiative

Project Duration: 2010 – 2012 (2 years)


Research: identification and conservation of the habitats and species of Târnava Mare as a model for European conservation

Studies necessary to justify protection for Târnava Mare site
Funded by: UK Darwin Initiative
Project Duration: 2004 - 2007 (4 years)

Small-scale community projects

Reviving the use of wild dye-plants
Community Fund
Funded by: Orange Romania
Project Duration: 2006 - 2008 (2 years)

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Biodiversity conservation and community development in Transylvania