Our work to protect Romania’s biodiversity
Fauna & Flora has been supporting Romanian conservation since 1999, helping to improve protected area management and develop the long-term capacity of key protected area staff.
The focus of our work is currently in Transylvania, in western and central Romania, where we are supporting local partner organisations and communities to sustainably manage two critical semi-natural landscapes.
The first of these is the Zarand Landscape Corridor, which provides a vital habitat link that allows bears and wolves to pass between the Southern and Western Carpathian mountain ranges. Working with our local partner, Zarand Association, our work here is focused on securing and maintaining key areas of forest, ensuring appropriate site management under the European protected area (Natura 2000) network, and promoting sympathetic land management while also addressing livelihood issues for small-scale traditional farmers in the area.
The second of these landscapes is in the 85,000-hectare Târnava Mare area. Located at the heart of the Saxon villages region of Transylvania, this historic landscape incorporates wildflower-rich lowland pastures and meadows, old-growth woodland and farmed lands. The area has been shaped over centuries by traditional farming and land management to create a biodiverse mosaic of habitat that harbours over 1,000 plant species and 600 butterfly and moth species.
Here, we are helping our partner, Fundatia ADEPT, to build their institutional capacity and supporting the purchase of key areas of farmland identified as important for nature and biodiversity, which will be managed by ADEPT for conservation benefit in perpetuity.
We work to actively counter wildlife crime in Romania through the Successful Wildlife Crime Prosecution in Europe (SWiPE) project with WWF, TRAFFIC and other partners. FFI is collecting baseline data relating to wildlife crime in Romania and coordinating capacity building of responsible authorities and stakeholder groups to discourage and reduce wildlife crime.
This project is funded by the EC LIFE Funding Programme.