Activity 4. Training activities and awareness raising of the target group on the touristic capitalization of NATURA2000 sites


Symposium – “Al. I. Cuza” Elementary School, Baia Mare, 31.03.2016

Held on the occasion of World Water Day 2016, the symposium organized at “Al. I. Cuza” Elementary School in Baia Mare on 31 March 2016 aimed at helping pupils know and understand the problems of the contemporary world, the possibilities for nature conservation and protection, and also at organizing an activity to raise the pupils’ awareness of their responsibility to protect water sources and reduce their pollution. The main organizer of this event was “Al. I. Cuza” Elementary School in Baia Mare, coordinator Ilieş Letiţia, Teacher, and Man Maricica, Primary teacher, in partnership with S.C. VITAL S.A., Baia Mare Environmental Guard, Heidenroslein Association and media representatives.

During the symposium, there were two sessions of papers and communications, focused on presentations and papers, on the one hand, and on posters, drawings, models, on the other hand, all having water as the main theme.

Symposium – “Lucian Blaga” Elementary School, Baia Mare, 22.03.2016

World Water Day was celebrated by the pupils from “Lucian Blaga” Elementary School in Baia Mare on 22 March 2016. The methodical and teaching activity in this school was in line with the second component of the RO02-0013 – SIENPHCTS project by aiming at raising the pupils’ and the adults’ awareness on the negative effects generated by the global decrease in water reserves and by water pollution.

The 5th and 6th grade pupils represented the target group, coordinated by their teachers, Amalia Ardelean, Teacher of Biology, Loredana Lőrincz, Teacher of Biology, Minodora Grumaz, Teacher of Technological Education, and Mădălina Medan, Teacher of Music Education. The pupils visited the Water Treatment Plant and the laboratory of physico-chemical and microbiological analysis of S.C. VITAL S.A. and they could even do some tests on the water they consume. The mascot VITAL – WATER DROP animated the whole atmosphere.

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Symposium – “Al. I. Cuza” Elementary School, Baia Mare, 18.03.2016

On 18 March 2016, Heidenroslein Association organized a symposium on S.O.S. O3 at “Al. I. Cuza” Elementary School in Baia Mare. The aim of this event was to raise the pupils’ awareness on the negative impact of the irresponsible behaviours on the ozone layer and their medium and long-term effects on the environment and human health.

The event began with the presentation of the project Integrated Study on the Contribution of Ecosystems in the protected Natura 2000 areas: Pricop-Huta-Certeze and the Upper Tisa to the Sustainable Development of Local Communities (SIENPHCTS) delivered by Mrs Maria-Magdalena Payer, Project Manager of the national Project Partner 1.

Along with Mrs. Payer, the following persons responded affirmatively to the invitation: Camelia Silvia Duţă, Inspector for Biology (with attributions on LLL) within the School Inspectorate of Maramureş County, Gabriel Tămâian, Head of Monitoring and Laboratories Unit of the National Environmental Protection Agency, Silvia Pop, President of the Ecological Guard under Baia Mare City Hall and representatives of TV TL+. The results of the project “ZERO WASTE SCHOOL” were also presented and awarded during this event. The first prize was awarded to Ariana Vlaicu, 7th grade, and Andreea Szakacs, 8th grade, winners of the National Competition for Environmental Projects, qualified for the international stage.

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Public consultations

Public consultation – Negreşti-Oaş Forest District, 04.03.2016

On 4 March 2016, a public consultation on the “Certification of Forest Management” was held with the representatives of local communities, public institutions and other stakeholders at the headquarters of Negreşti-Oaş Forest District. On this occasion, the following issues were presented:
• brief presentation of the FSC standard;
• advantages and disadvantages of certification;
• principles of the FSC standard;
• presentation of the activity report for 2015;
• information on the High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) identified across the forest district;
• new proposals for the reinclusion of trees identified as HCVF after the forest restoration works carried out in 2015;
• presentation of Annex 7 to the Manual of Procedures “Forest Exploitation Rules”;
• different issues on the elements of biodiversity identified in the territorial jurisdiction of the forest district.

Public consultation, Rona de Jos, 15.11.2016

 Included in the information and awareness raising activities of the local communities in Maramureş County, the public consultation that took place on the 15th of November 2016 in Rona de Jos was held in the presence of several representatives of the local administration and pre-university teachers. Răzvan Bătinaș, Project Manager, started the debate by presenting the project and its proposed and achieved objectives. The debate continued with a series of discussions with those present. Ion Herbil, Mayor of Rona de Jos, insisted on the need for the introduction of green certificates. The people questioned on their degree of information on the value of Natura 2000 sites and the services that the existing ecosystems can provide to local communities declared that they had minimal knowledge about those issues and that they were currently experiencing a series of negative aspects (the problem of PET bottles, high emigration flows, insignificant local industry, lack of jobs, change in the behaviour of large carnivores, overgrazing). In addition, one of the solutions proposed by participants was focused on strengthening cross-border relations.

Public consultation, Rona de Sus, 15.11.2016

 On the morning of the 15th of November 2016, the Project Promoter team members participated in a discussion with the Mayor of Rona de Sus. The discussion was focused on the presentation of the SIENPHCTS project results. The event was part of a broad series of information and awareness raising activities of the local communities in Maramureş County on the importance of Natura 2000 sites. Several participants in the weekly fair were questioned on the problems they experience at individual and collective level. The problems they mentioned were related to overgrazing, illegal waste management and the lack of waste collection, deforestation and migration. In addition, from the answers of the 22 persons surveyed, it resulted that the inhabitants had little information on the benefits provided by some protected areas such as Natura 2000 sites.

Public consultation, Petrova, 16.11.2016

 Since the first discussions with the representatives of the local administration of Petrova during a public consultation carried out on the 16th of November 2016, the SIENPHCTS project members noticed the deficient information of participants, especially in terms of the benefits that landowners could take advantage of from a Natura 2000 site. In addition, during the public consultation, twelve persons, mostly representatives of the local administration of Petrova, answered the questionnaire on the degree of information on the value of a Natura 2000 site. All the experts from Cluj-Napoca visited several local crafts workshops in the presence of Ioan Petrovai, the Mayor of Petrova, where folk art, the skill and the enthusiasm of local artisans offer viable tourism alternatives.

Public consultation, Sarasău, 16.11.2016

 While on the field for several public consultations on the ecosystem services in the two Natura 2000 sites, Pricop-Huta Certeze and Upper Tisa, a part of the SIENPHCTS project members had discussions with the representatives of the local administration of Sarasău on the afternoon of the 16th of November 2016. The same event was attended also by the Mayor of the commune of Câmpulung la Tisa. From the very beginning of the discussion, participants reported the irrelevant measurements for the delimitation of Natura 2000 sites and highlighted the problems experienced by the local community (overgrazing, deforestation), as well as the need for providing compensation to landowners in a Natura 2000 site.

Information session

Information session, 09.03.2016

Continuing the information sessions on protected natural areas, the Faculty of Environmental Science, Babeş-Bolyai University hosted the second information session in Cluj-Napoca and about 50 participants, mostly students, responded affirmatively to the invitation. Lecturer Sabin Bădărău, PhD, territorial analyst, gave an interactive presentation on the importance of biodiversity in the two Natura 2000 sites, Pricop – Huta Certeze and Upper Tisa. The technicians working in the Project Promoter team, students in their turn, shared their experience resulted from the active participation in implementing the project activities.

Information session, 27.02.2016

On Friday 27 February 2016, the Faculty of Geography, Babeş-Bolyai University hosted the first information session on protected natural areas, an event dedicated to the students of this faculty. In this respect, Mr Ciprian Corpade, territorial analyst in the Project Promoter team, gave a presentation on the Conservation, protection and economic development in protected natural areas, insisting on the motivation for establishing protected natural areas and on how these sites can be actively managed. Attention was focused primarily on natural parks and Natura 2000 sites. This event represents the first step from a series of actions meant to ensure information and public awareness (local communities, authorities, academics, cultural institutions, NGOs, mass media) on the importance of ensuring a balance between the conservation of some species and habitats and the economic development of an area included in a Natura 2000 site.


Workshop, Sighetu Marmației, 18.11.2016

 On the 18th of November 2016, at the end of a week with various information/awareness raising actions in the localities situated in the Romanian corridor of the Tisa River, the SIENPHCTS project members conducted a workshop for the dissemination of the project results at the Faculty of Geography of Babeş-Bolyai University, Sighetu Marmaţiei Extension. On the one hand, Răzvan Bătinaș, Project Manager, presented the objectives and the achieved results of the SIENPHCTS project, on the other hand, discussions were continued by Marin Ilieș, Director of Department at Sighetu Marmației Extension, with a virtual and visual journey in the historical Maramureş. Mr Duncan Halley, Project Manager and researcher at NINA, Norway, concluded the discussion with the presentation of several best practice models successfully implemented in Norway, which can become benchmarks for other states.

Workshop, 08.03.2016

On Tuesday 18 March 2016, the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Sciences, North University Centre of Baia Mare hosted the workshop on Biodiversity Conservation organized as a dissemination activity of the project RO02-0013 – Integrated Study on the Contribution of Ecosystems in the protected Natura 2000 areas: Pricop-Huta-Certeze and the Upper Tisa to the Sustainable Development of Local Communities (SIENPHCTS). The workshop was attended by undergraduates in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Engineering of Food Products, Control and Expertise of Food Products and by Master’s students in Applied Biochemistry and Environmental Science.

Lecturer Stela-Gabriela Jelea, PhD and Associate Professor Marian Jelea, PhD, territorial analysts in the project, presented the Pricop-Huta Certeze protected area (types of habitats listed in the standard data sheet, species of mammals and amphibians), the main water bodies identified in the field and the methods to be applied for recording and monitoring the amphibian species.

Participants asked questions about the endemic plant species in the site, showed interest in the methods for monitoring the amphibian species and requested the organization of some joint actions in order to participate effectively in the field research activities, but also in the activities that are to be organized for the dissemination of the project results.

School Competitions

National Environmental Competition, 19.05.2016

On 19 May 2016, “Otilia Cazimir” Kindergarten in Baia Mare hosted the awards ceremony of the National Environmental Competition within the project Integrated Study on the Contribution of Ecosystems in the protected Natura 2000 areas: Pricop-Huta-Certeze and the Upper Tisa to the Sustainable Development of Local Communities (SIENPHCTS). About 150 teachers were involved in this competition. The event was attended by teachers, but also by school inspectors, as volunteers, the members of the Heidenroslein Association (as project partner) and 250 children in “Otilia Cazimir” Kindergarten.

Competition no. 1
Contribution of ecosystems in protected areas to the economic development and welfare of human communities

Competition no. 2
Biodiversity conservation explained and in the interest of local communities

Competition no. 3
Presentation of a green business idea