Prince Charles was interested on Monday, during his visit to the ADEPT Foundation in Saschiz, on the status of rural development and biodiversity conservation projects carried out by this non-governmental organization, which also benefited from British support, according to Ben Mehedin, manager of Saschiz ADEPT Foundation’s farmers and local communities.
“Today we have received Prince Charles’s visit at the ADEPT Foundation where we talked about our projects and plans for the future We thanked HRH for his support I thanked HRH for telling Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food International Movement, about us, more than 10 years ago, but I never thanked for that, and I told that we are continuing our rural development and biodiversity conservation projects. I told HRH about our biodiversity conservation project a farm of cows and some hayfields in the Sighisoara area. It was a warm, friendly atmosphere in which everyone felt comfortable, everybody said something, Prince Charles was very careful with everyone. It was about 20 minutes, after which he went to visit another project. He knows this area too well and mentioned Dr. John Akeroyd, a biologist working with us, with whom he had walks and talks about the floral wealth of Transylvania” Ben Mehedin told AGERPRES.
ADEPT Foundation in Saschiz has won the European Cultural Tourism Award 2017, Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism, for the project ‘Transilvania Bike Trails for revitalizing the Tarnavas Mare Cultural Landscape’, in the context of the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) celebrating the International Year through promoting the role of tourism in cultural values, diversity and heritage.
Mehedin, showed that with the material support of the Camelia Botnar Foundation in England, the ADEPT Transilvania Foundation, specialized in the conservation of biodiversity and small-scale farming communities, also coordinated the Saschiz Blue Ceramic Resurrection project.
Two years after the opening of the ceramics workshop in Saschiz, where pottery craft was revived in a technique specific to this area, sgraffito, which was abandoned in the mid-1700s, the blue ceramics of Saschiz began to be very successful among the tourists, especially for the stunning story that accompanies it.
Another project of the ADEPT Foundation in Saschiz is the international promotion of Bazna bacon and pork, including at the Salone del Gusto in Torino, an international event organized by the Slow Food Movement, within an ESSEDRA project on Sustainable Development of rural areas.