LIFE ADB – Anti-dust solutions in Bucharest – LIFE13 ENV/RO/001077

Contact details:

Contact person: Oana Grigore

Tel: 40213055524

Email: pmbuc1@gmail.com


Project description:

Background

In order to improve the quality of air and to reduce the level of particulate matter (PM10) in urban areas, different methods of coagulating dust particles through dust-binding agents have been used, but only in separate actions. Scope exists to produce broader environmental benefits (concerning PM10 reduction) by combining different types of methods for using dust-binding agents during the washing of streets and construction sites.

Objectives

The LIFE ADB project’s main objective is to demonstrate specific methods for coagulating dust particles in urban areas through dust-binding agents that reduce airborne particulate matter (PM10). A pilot programme will be carried out throughout Bucharest where different agents will be applied (one based on magnesium acetate and calcium, another one based on a solution made out of exclusively natural compounds) on busy traffic boulevards and streets. The project will help confirm optimal variables (freeze-thaw, season, weather, traffic data) and parameters (concentration, dilution, etc.) for determining the most suitable dust-binding agent for Bucharest.

Specific objectives are to

    • Establish a method and piloting combined application (depending on the season and other environmental factors) of different types of dust-binding agents;
    • Draw up regulations by applying dust-building agents on busy traffic boulevards and construction sites in order to reduce the level of PM10;
    • Consult with stakeholders on the new set of rules and regulations; and
    • Disseminate project results, so that they can be applied in other contexts.

Expected results:

  • Testing of different dust-binding methods at six test sites (covering around 200 km of streets) experiencing very heavy traffic and one test area situated near a construction site;
  • Demonstration of a methodology for testing in the selected areas;
  • Application of treatments for a minimum of 168 days in the target areas; and
  • A guidance manual that is informed by project conclusions vis-à-vis correlations between application of different coagulants and their effects on PM10 values, in different meteorological and traffic conditions.

Results

 


Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Air & Noise – Air pollutants
Risk management – Human health protection
Risk management – Pollutants reduction

Keywords

atmospheric pollution‚  urban area‚  monitoring system‚  air quality management‚  air pollution

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable

 


Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Municipiul Bucuresti
Type of organisation Local authority
Description Bucharest City Hall is responsible for policy on environmental issues such as air quality and noise pollution.
Partners None

 


Project reference LIFE13 ENV/RO/001077
Duration 01-SEP-2014 to 30-MAY -2018
Total budget 459,342.00 €
EU contribution 229,671.00 €
Project location Bucureşti-Ilfov(Romania)

 


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LIFE FOR BEAR – Conservation of Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) population in Romania – LIFE13 NAT/RO/001154

Contact details:

Contact person: Jurj Ramon

Tel: 0755126560

Fax: 0268415338

Email: ramon@icaswildlife.ro


Project description:

Background

The Romanian Carpathians are the home to a stable population of brown bear (Ursus arctos), which represents around 35% of the total number of brown bears in Europe. With more than 6 000 individuals, this area supports nearly the entire bear population in Romania – only the Apuseni Mountains is home to another bear group with 250-300 individuals. However, brown bears in Romania face several threats, including habitat fragmentation due to new infrastructure. The area around Brasov, for example, is extremely important for the country’s road infrastructure and cuts through bear habitat.

Objectives

The LIFE FOR BEAR project aims to protect the entire bear population in the Romanian Carpathians. Although parts of the Apuseni Mountains in Western Romania are not included, the migration corridor between the Carpathian and the Apuseni Mountains is included in the project area. The project area encompasses about 30% of Romania’s total land area.

The project’s specific objectives are to:

    • Update the brown bear population management plan in Romania, taking into account the new socio-economic environment;
    • Enhance the brown bear’s conservation status in the area of Braşov-Valea Prahovei;
    • Optimise waste management activities, in order to reduce the human-bear conflicts in the Braşov-Valea Prahovei area;
    • Develop innovative techniques for bear population management and conservation, and for transferring good practice techniques to the stakeholders; and
    • Improve local and national stakeholders’ attitudes towards conserving the brown bear population and promote Nature 2000 network objectives.

Expected results:

  • Knowledge base enhanced as a result of research conducted on different topics (e.g. a socio-economic analysis of stakeholders’ attitudes towards the brown bear population in Romania; an analysis of the human-bear conflicts at both national level and in the Brasov-Prahova Valley; research on the quality of the brown bear habitat in Romania);
  • A revised Action Plan for the Conservation of the Brown Bear in Romania and a revised GIS database;
  • A team of ‘bear conflict’ specialists;
  • Problematic bears are relocated in the entire project area;
  • Improved food offered to bears near conflict areas;
  • A set of forest management measures as well as sheepfold, field, bee and farm protection techniques that are favourable for brown bears;
  • Improved waste management system in the Brasov-Prahova Valley area;
  • Implemented measures to control tourism are implemented; and
  • Awareness among local stakeholders and the general public increased through promotion and dissemination actions.

Results


Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Species – Mammals

Keywords

endangered species‚  nature conservation‚  mountainous area

Target species

Ursus arctos

 

 

Natura 2000 sites

SCI ROSCI0013 Bucegi
SCI ROSCI0038 Ciucaş
SCI ROSCI0120 Muntele Tâmpa
SCI ROSCI0195 Piatra Mare
SCI ROSCI0207 Postăvarul

 


Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare “Marin Dracea”- statiunea Brasov (The National Research and Development Institute “Marin Dracea” – Brasov branch).
Type of organisation Research institution
Description ICAS is a national public institution, founded in 1933, that specialises in research and applied technologies in the forestry and game sectors, and in the sustainable management of forests. In 1994, it carried out the first research on large carnivores in Romania.
Partners FC(Fundatia Carpati), Romania OSR(Ocolul Silvic al Orasului Rasnov R.A.), Romania MMSC(Ministerul Mediului si Schimbarilor Climatice), Romania KRT(Regia Publica Locala a Padurilor Kronstadt R.A.), Romania PNB(R.N.P. ROMSILVA – Administratia parcului Natural Bucegi R.A.), Romania

 


Project reference LIFE13 NAT/RO/001154
Duration 01-OCT-2014 to 01-OCT -2019
Total budget 1,567,512.00 €
EU contribution 1,115,911.00 €
Project location Associated Romania(Romania) Nord-Vest(Romania) Centru(Romania) Nord-Est(Romania) Sud-Est(Romania) Sud-Muntenia(Romania) Bucureşti-Ilfov(Romania) Sud-Vest Oltenia(Romania) Vest(Romania)

 


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Fish for LIFE – Restoration of migration corridors and habitats for rheophilic fish species in Gilort River – LIFE16 NAT/RO/000778

Contact details:

Contact person: Nicolae Calma

Tel: 40253215384

Fax: 40253212892

Email: apm.gorj@gmail.com


Project description:

Background

The Gilort is one of the rivers in Oltenia, western Wallachia (Romania), not significantly affected by human intervention. For this reason, the river`s diversity is considerable. Notable species present include the Ukrainian brook lamprey, the white-finned gudgeon and the golden spined loach: three species listed in Annex II of the Habitats Directive with unfavourable-inadequate conservation status. The river is also important for Eurasian otter and yellow-bellied toad. The Raul Gilort (Gilort river) Natura 2000 network site is located in the county of Gorj and includes part of the Gilort, the tributary of the river Jiu, and wetlands of the Continental biogeographical region. On the Jiu, upstream of the confluence with the Gilort, a series of dams for hydropower and the supply of water to a large coal power station were built. Because of this situation, all species that migrate upstream for spawning go on the major tributaries of the Gilort and Motru. The remaining area in the Jiu river basin in the county is therefore inaccessible to migrating fish.

Objectives

The Fish for LIFE project aims to restore river connectivity and improve habitat variety for rheophilic fish species (i.e. living in fast-moving waters) in the Gilort river system in Romania.

Specific objectives are to:

    • Improve habitat variety for four fish species on a 26 km stretch of the Gilort through the restoration of the river channel’s morphology and physical characteristics;
    • Ensure river continuity for five water bodies in the Gilort river Natura 2000 network site, and improve the longitudinal connectivity of the Gilort with interventions involving 19 water bodies over a 120 km river stretch;
    • Enhance the ecological coherence of the Natura 2000 network by establishing full connectivity for 175 km of river bodies between two Natura 2000 network sites (Gilort river and Jiu corridor);
    • Improve the hydro-morphological status of five water bodies covering 26 km of river stretches in order to reach Water Framework Directive objectives embedded in the Jiu River Basin Management Plan (RBMP);
    • Increase institutional capacity for rheophile fish species conservation through an integrated management of water bodies that harmonises both watershed management plans and Natura 2000 network conservation aims; and
    • Improve knowledge on the status and ecological needs of rheophile fish species in the Gilort river Natura 2000 network site.

Expected results:

  • Improved conservation status for four species of freshwater fish in the Gilort river Natura 2000 network site, by reducing the negative impacts of morphological alterations on 120 km of rivers;
  • Restored hydro-morphological conditions favourable for maintaining breeding, feeding and sheltering habitat on 19 river sectors, over at least 26 km in total, for example, by placing wooden logs in the river;
  • Sustainable bank stabilisation measures and buffer strips on at least 10 ha of river corridor, by planting native species and log-jam deflectors on key river reaches;
  • Construction of two functional passageways for fish on thresholds spillways located on the river Gilort that will provide longitudinal connectivity for 175 km of river between the two targeted Natura 2000 network sites;
  • Updated RBMP for Jiu river basin administration, with measures based on hydro-morphological pressures and measures concerning the monitoring of water bodies and maintaining a favourable conservation status of freshwater fish species;
  • At least 50 people (e.g. river basin administration staff) trained to implement integrated measures for the conservation of freshwater fish species, and at least 40 young professionals trained in river restoration and priority fish conservation;
  • Communication strategy for stakeholder engagement, focusing on three key institutions responsible for water management, nature conservation and management of water construction works;
  • Events and seminars organised for landowners, fishermen’s associations, experts and other stakeholders to promote in-situ conservation measures for species of freshwater fish in Natura 2000 network sites in Romania; and
  • Dissemination activities reaching 10 000 people.

Results


Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Biodiversity issues – Ecological coherence
Species – Fish

Keywords

migratory species‚  river‚  management plan‚  restoration measure

Target EU Legislation

  • Water
  • Directive 2000/60 – Framework for Community action in the field of water policy (23.10.2000)
  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 92/43 – Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv …

Target species

Barbus meridionalis

Eudontomyzon mariae

Gobio albipinnatus

Sabanejewia aurata

 

 

Natura 2000 sites

SCI ROSCI0045 Coridorul Jiului
SCI ROSCI0362 Râul Gilort

 


Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Agenția pentru Protecția Mediului Gorj – Environmental Protection Agency Gorj
Type of organisation Development agency
Description The Gorj environmental protection agency (APM Gorj) is the authority for environmental protection in the country of Gorj. It activities include environmental monitoring and the protection of natural habitats and species in the county of interest at national, European and international levels. Its departments coordinate and develop the standard forms for Natura 2000 network sites in the county.
Partners Invisible Nature, Romania Universitatea din Bucuresti, Romania

 


Project reference LIFE16 NAT/RO/000778
Duration 01-SEP-2017 to 31-MAR -2022
Total budget 1,497,642.00 €
EU contribution 896,336.00 €
Project location Centru(Romania) Vest(Romania)