Purpose, Objectives and Activities

The natural protected areas of Fizeşului Basin - including the Ştiucilor Lake and Sic Rush-Bed - will benefit from a sustainable management plan following the implementation of a project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

ECOTRANSILVANIA Educational-Ecological Association and the ECOCHOICE Association, the custodians of these reservations, have been implementing since July 2012 the "Integrated, Conservative and Sustainable Management of Natura 2000 Sites in Fizeşului Basin" project.

The non-reimbursable financing of the project, which lasts for thirty months, amounts to 2,123,324 lei and is provided by the Sectoral Operational Program Environment, priority axis 4 "Implementation of adequate management systems for nature protection", major field of intervention "The development of infrastructure and management plans for the protection of biodiversity and the Natura 2000 network".

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Properly substantiate the management of the protected areas concerned;
  • Creating the premises for the development of the visiting and management infrastructure;
  • Raising public awareness on the Natura 2000 network and preserving the natural values of the project area;
  • Increasing the institutional capacity of the custodians of the protected areas concerned.

Project activities are aimed at:

  • Making an inventory of 46 species of fauna (especially birds) and flora of community and national importance, and 9 priority habitats in the project area;
  • Drafting digital maps of the target areas;
  • Informing and consulting local communities and decision-makers on the good management of the area;
  • Elaboration of the management plan;
  • Raising awareness of the cultural, social and economic importance of biodiversity conservation by organizing cultural events and an inter-school competition.

In a wider context, the actions planned will contribute to a better knowledge of biodiversity in the Fizeşului Basin, as well as a positive change in people's attitudes - both locals and visitors - towards the natural environment.

The implementation of the project will also seek to solve the problems faced by local communities in the protected area: drying of wetlands, both for natural causes and human interventions (drainage, deforestation of slopes, etc.), reed firing, fish farming in a non-sustainable way and that does not bring any benefits to the local people.