GREEN STEPS for Biodiversity Conservation in the Marsh Area of Olt River Meadow of the North-West Part of Ciomat-Balvanyos Microregion
The project aims at conserving biodiversity in the region by establishing a “Natura 2000” site, through involving the local communities in concrete conservation activities for wild flora and fauna, in the context of sustainable use of natural resources;The project involves the local community in partnership with local authorities, agricultural land, grassland and hay land owners, the Environmental Protection Agency , other NGOs and experts on biodiversity to achieve direct involvement of all stakeholders in the area in concrete conservation activities. By eco-tourism promotion both community wellbeing and natural and cultural values conservation will be achieved. The grantee wishes to have the Ciomat- Balvanyos microregion the example of others will follow.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee: Organizatia GeoEcologica ACCENT
Country: Romania
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 3
Grant Amount: US$ 17,081.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 7,232.00
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 7,875.00
Project Number: ROM/05/15
Start Date: 6/2005
End Date: 7/2006
Status: Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
A working group set up under the project (including land owners, local authorities and other public institutions, companies, NGOs) organied public debates with 40 representatives of the local communities to build their capacities in fighting negative impacts of anthropic activities in the target area and finding solutions for the conservation of the natural landscape while keeping to the sustainable development principles.
Gender Focus
Considering women's important role in rural areas such as most of those in the Csomad-Balvanyos microregion, the project targeted them for capacity building training in agri-tourism and educating the young generation. The women increased their capacities to use the cultural, traditional and economic resources for the benefit of the community. Also, 30 women were directly involved in project implementation as land owners in the protected area.
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