The “Mountain Law” project was adopted by the Chamber of Deputies from Romania. One billion Euro for the mountain area!

The Chamber of Deputies from Romania adopted the “mountain law” project, with 245 votes in favor, 1 against and 28 abstentions, which provides for the establishment of a program to encourage activities in the mountain area, for which a budget of EUR 1 billion is allocated from the state budget for 10 years. The law regulates the ways of smart, sustainable and inclusive protection and development of the mountain area. According to the adopted texts, this law approves the program for encouraging activities in the mountain area, for which one billion euro is allocated for a period of 10 years from the coming into force of this law, from the state budget, through the budget of the Ministry Agriculture and Rural Development.… Citește articolul

Strengthening the capacities of the forest owners associations for sustainable forest management (2014 – 2017)

Project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union. Project partners: SAB Switzerland (www.sab.ch), RoMontana (www.romontana.org), Open Fields Foundation (www.openfields.ro), “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava (www.usv.ro) and “Nostra Silva” – Federation of Forest and Pasture Owners from Romania (www.nostrasilva.ro) Total budget: 478.072 CHF Implementation period: 2014 – 2017 Project’s goal: Contributions for an integrated and sustainable forest management in Romania by strengthening the capacity of the forest owners’ associations. Outcome 1: Participating Forest Owners Associations in the project area manage their forest in a sustainable manner. Outcome 2: “Nostra Silva” – the Federation of Forests and Pastures Owners from Romania has developed into a core player to advocate for the interests of its members.… Citește articolul

Sustainable Agriculture Models for the Romanian Mountain Area (2014 – 2016)

 “Sustainable Agriculture Models for the Romanian Mountain Area” Project co-funded by a grant of Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the Enlarged European Union, under the Swiss – Romanian Cooperation Programme. Project partners:  SAB Switzerland (www.sab.ch), “Dorna” Mountain Farmers Federation (www.famdorna.ro), Open Fields Foundation (Former HEIFER Romania – www.openfields.ro), RoMontana (www.romontana.org) Overall budget: 1.512.349 CHF Implementation period: 2014 – 2016 Project’s goal: Developing agricultural models in the mountain area of Romania by integrating traditional activities into the modern economic system. Outcome 1: The production factors of the traditional production system are strengthened Pasture management improving measures are created Six modern sheepshelter models built and operational in the test areas Outcome 2: The market opportunities of traditional products are improved Product specification and technical assistance for 3 clusters of products are finalized Marketing study is developed Branding kit for mountain products developed and implemented Local, regional and national events to promote traditional products are realized Campaign for local products consumption is realised towards different target groups Outcome 3: The competences of producers to diversify and modernize their production are improved New Curricula for shepherds, sheepfoldmasters and farmer organisations developed and implemented.… Citește articolul

InRuTou – Innovation in Rural Tourism (2013 – 2015)

Implementation period: 2013 – 2015 Total budget: 533.307 EUR “Innovation in Rural Tourism – InRuTou” was a project implemented by RoMontana Association in partnership with IMC University of Applied Sciences from Krems (Austria), UNEP Vienna – Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (Austria), EURAC – European Academy (Bolzano, Italy), SCIENTER (Italy), SEED (Switzerland), University of Bournemouth (UK), Ekopsychology (Poland) and Green Dossier (Ukraine). The project was funded by European Commission through a grant within the Lifelong Learning Programme. The project aimed for developing and testing a set of innovative tools and models to facilitate the sustainable development of rural tourism in mountain regions, by consulting target communities and training selected opinion leaders as multipliers in the community, becoming trainers for local tourism operators with varying degrees of experience and education, thus enhancing planning in the rural tourism.… Citește articolul

Greenovation Challenge: forming competences for innovation in sustainable development for youth (2014 – 2016)

          Implementation period: 2014 – 2016 Total budget: 174.178 EUR RoMontana Association together with Junior Achievement Romania and Ungt Entreprenørskap Sogn og Fjordane were  partners in “Greenovation Challenge: forming competences for innovation in sustainable development for youth”, a project coordinated by Junior Achievement Romania and implemented during 2014-2016. This bilateral Romania-Norway ecological education project, funded by EEA Grants 2009-2014, through the NGO Fund in Romania, involved over 50 teachers and 950 high school students from mountain areas. The Greenovation Challenge project aims to develop young people’s skills for innovation in sustainable development and provides a unique learning experience by: Development and testing during courses of a module of practical educational activities, learning by doing, on environmental issues (Eco-nomia module), conducted by teachers who benefited of free training and educational materials; Students’ participation in activities of civic culture and real community involvement by communicating with local authorities and competing with innovative solutions to the problems of sustainable development in mountain areas (the competition had several stages: local, national, international); Involving students in bilateral educational events where Romanian students will collaborate with those from Norway to generate solutions for the indentified concrete problems.… Citește articolul

Eco-Carpathians: Eco-Business Development in Border Carpathians as Chance for Better Economic Competitivenes (2013 – 2015)

Cross-border cooperation project “ECO-CARPATHIANS – Development of Eco-Business in the Carpathian Border, A Chance for Better Economic Competitiveness”, MIS ETC 1603, was: – realized by the Municipal Public Association “Business Center” (Cernăuţi), – in collaboration with: Association for Economic and Regional Development – ADER (Suceava, Romania), National Association for Rural Rural Development “ROMONTANA” (Vatra Dornei, Romania) and International Small and Medium Business Association “Small Euro Business” (Balti, Republic of Moldova). The project was run during the period 2013-2015 under the Joint Operational Program “Romania – Ukraine – Republic of Moldova 2007-2013” (the EU grant under the ECO-CARPATI – Eco-Business Development in the Carpathian Border, a chance for better economic competitiveness “, MIS code ETC 1603, and represents EUR 715,510.25, equivalent in hryvnia – 7.866.605,89).… Citește articolul

The utilisation of mountain wood and the organisation of mountain wood industries (2011 – 2012)

Project implemented by Euromontana (Association of Mountainous Regions in Europe) and funded by the French Ministry of Agriculture, finalized in April 2012. The main objective of the project was to identify and analyze positive and sustainable practices in wood extraction and use and organizing (formal forestry, federation, unions, associations, or informal) forest supply chains in the areas (from raw material to finished products), in European mountain forests, with sufficient harvesting potential. Romontana supported the project by identifying and collecting examples of good practices in Romania. The Study can be downloaded here (clik). pdf-iconCitește articolul

Education for sustainable rural development in mountain areas through agritourism – Kiss of the Mountains (2006 – 2008)

Neighbourhood Programme Romania – Ukraine 2004 – 2006  (PHARE CBC) Project (title and reference number): “Education for Durable Mountain Rural Development trough AgriTourism – Kiss of the Mountains” (RO 2004 / 016 – 942.01.01.06) Implementation period: 2006 – 2008 Project partners: RoMontana – National Association for Mountains and Rural Development (www.romontana.org); Mountain Area Agency / Training and Innovation Centre for Development in the Carpathians – CEFIDEC, Ministry of Agriculture (www.azm.gov.ro); Romanian Mountain Forum; Suceava County Council (www.cjsuceava.ro); “Dorna” Mountain Farmers Federation (www.famdorna.ro); Chernivtsi City Community Organization “Business Centre”, Ukraine; Bukovyna Partnership Agency, Ukraine. Project objectives and main results: The project aimed at a “package” of actions that addressed some key factors for starting a sustainable development project in the mountain border localities from Ukraine, Chernivtsi area, Storojinet, Putyla and Visnita rayons, by transferring the experience from Dorna Basin, Suceava county, Romania.… Citește articolul

Management and intervention consortium for protection of surface waters in the border region Romania – Ukraine, CTMI (2007 – 2008)

The project was initiated by the “Corona” Foundation, Suceava Branch, in partnership with the Cernăuţi Community Organization “Business Center” and the “Romontana” Association being financed by the European Union through the Romania-Ukraine Neighborhood Program 2004-2006, the Phare CBC 2005 component The aim of the project was to develop the operational capacity of intervention of the responsible actors in the border region in order to protect the quality of surface waters and to increase the level of awareness and information of the public on cooperation on this line. A cross-border workshop, the launch of an electronic discussion forum and the publication of a good practice guide have been carried out within the project.… Citește articolul

Environment Plus – reducing the impact of waste on the environment. Solutions and cross-border issues. (2007 – 2008)

The Corona Foundation, the Suceava branch in partnership with the Romontana Association and the Aron Pumnul Scientific-Pedagogical Association (Ukraine), have carried out the project “Environment Plus – Reducing Environmental Impact, Problems and Cross-Border Solutions”. It took place between October 2007 and September 2008, with applications in the counties of Suceava and Botosani in Romania, as well as in the Chernivtsi region of Ukraine. Funding was provided by the European Union through the Romania-Ukraine Neighborhood Program 2004-2006, the Phare CBC 2005 component. The aim of the project was to develop cross-border cooperation to improve management activities with results in reducing the impact of waste on the environment.… Citește articolul