Nature conservation and regional development in Southeast Europe
International project with EU membership candidates Romania and Bulgaria
Every year between 2006 and 2009 ten Romanian and Bulgarian junior managers from the fields of nature conservation and regional development have had the opportunity to come to Germany as trainees for some months in order to get to know the nature conservation work here – particularly the work in large scale protected areas – and to use the time for intensive experience exchange. Further knowledge was imparted by collective seminars and workshops, which strengthens communication between the participants.
In order to use the experience gained here for their work at home, the participants planed smaller nature conservation projects during their time in Germany, which they implemented after their return to their home countries. Every year, all ten small projects got basic financial support and two particularly good and promising plans received an award in a project competition and got additional financial funds.
The Alfred Toepfer Academy for nature conservation (NNA) directed the four-year project, which was financially supported by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation FVS and the German Environmental Foundation. It was carried out in close collaboration with Lüneburg University, the EUROPARC Federation and the EURONATUR - European Nature Heritage Fund.Beyond the project, the participant’s expertise meant they have become important contacts for German institutions which plan co-operation with Bulgaria and Romania in the field of nature conservation. This transnational co-operation was considerably eased because of the good knowledge of German nature conservation organisation and European project management.
Trainees and Project partners in the Piatra Craiului Nationalpark (Romania)