Transylvania’s Inland Delta: involving local communities in safeguarding a sustainable future for the Fizes Basin wetlands.
The Ecotransilvania and Ecochoice Associations are implementing together, between March 2016 and February 2017, the project ”Transylvania’s Inland Delta: involving local communities in safeguarding a sustainable future for the Fizes Basin wetlands”. The project is co-financed by Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.
During the 12 moths of activity the project has as goals to protect and improve the infrastructure of the wetland networks in the Fizes Basin, to involve the local community and to increase the visibility of the two NGO’s that act as custodians of the protected areas.
The project ”Transylvania’s Inland Delta: involving local communities in safeguarding a sustainable future for the Fizes Basin wetlands” proposed by Ecotransilvania and Ecochoice associations - custodians of the Fizes protected areas – will contribute to protecting and improving one of the most valuable networks of inland wetlands in Romania and the wellbeing of local people who rely on them.
The project uses a participative approach to address local environmental problems such as the degradation of wetland habitat, reed burning, and the negative perception of wetlands among local people (seen as useless land or as a source of floods and pests). The project also addresses issues related to the rural economy: the reduced development of visitor infrastructure, lack of promotional and marketing resources, and limited employment and income-generating opportunities, especially for young people. Another problem is the low credibility and visibility of NGOs involved in managing protected areas.
Activities proposed to tackle these problems include: repair and improvement of visitor infrastructure, seminars and practical training workshops, educational activities with schools, creation and distribution of information resources, building a strong community partnership for managing the Fizes Basin as an ecotourism destination.
The project value is 89.564,00 CHF from which the Swiss grant is 70.585,39 CHF and the beneficiary co-financing is 18.978,61 CHF.