About the project

Project name:

Preserving of the Habitat 8310 from the Site Natura 2000 Cheile Nerei – Beuşniţa

Project code:

LIFE 13 NAT/RO/001488

Project acronym:

LIFEPH8310SN2000CNB

Coordinating beneficiary:

Environmental Protection Agency Timiş

Implementation period:

01.07.2014 – 31.12.2018

Budget info:

849,430,00 euro

BENEFICIARY OF THE PROJECT

Environmental Protection Agency Timiş

The Environmental Protection Agency Timis (LEPA) ensures, through specialized departments, the carrying out of environmental protection in the county of Timis.

In period 2009 – 2011 it was developed the project LIFE PLUS „Preserving management of the habitats 8310 from the Site Natura 2000 Semenic – Cheile Carasului” PMH8310SN2000SCC, LIFE07 NAT/RO/000680

The purpose of the project

Reconstruction of morphology of the 8310 Habitat for 110 caves/ potholes, remediation & habitat conservation in wintering, birth and feeding areas for the populations of 14 species of bats and developing the best practices for managing at regional, national and European level.

MAIN EU POLICY(IES) TARGETED

  1. Rehabilitation of 110 cavities closed to the public (8310 habitat), degraded/ polluted.

We’ll reopen the closed entrances of caves / potholes, we’ll get out of the habitat all biologic and household waste, we’ll remake the habitat’s morphology (rehabilitation of the ceiling / floor, formations), we’ll reestablish the water level and the some underground water flows, we’ll clean the graffiti drawings from the walls, we’ll install protection fences in the entrance of the vulnerable caves.

  1. Preserving of 14 chiropteran species.

Achieving the Objective 1 we’ll reinsure the maternity, shelter and hibernation habitats for the chiropteran species and also for other cavern species of the underground ecosystems or for other protected species that use the 8310 habitat. We’ll monitor bats coming back in the 8310 habitat.

  1. Developing the best practices for managing the 8310 habitat at regional, national and European level.

We’ll develop a new methodology based on informational technology for finding the most accurate distribution and structure of the 8310 habitat being given the type of underground habitat and the difficulties for inventory. We’ll develop a methodology that we’ll standardize the inventory and mapping of the habitat, at national level but also with high possibilities for using it internationally in order to avoid future important differences for determine the same habitat from a N2000 site to another one.

  1. Information of 15 local communities and conservationists.

We’ll have information campaigns about the importance of 8310 habitat and bat species for protection and the ecosystem services. We’ll try to brake the myths according to the fact that in caves there are hided treasures in order to reduce the interventions of the treasure hunters. We’ll organize educational trips with pupils in some caves from the site. Participation in conferences and organization of thematic conferences we’ll ensure promotion of the information and results gained in the project in order to replicate them exchange information. We’ll install informational panels in the local communities from the site with information of the project and the conservation needs.

The importance of the project:

The Project area is very important at regional and national level as it represents the center of the largest karst areas in Romania (Sinclinoriul Resita – Moldova Noua 800 km2), basically having the greatest potential for development of habitat 8310.

The number of units of 8310 habitat of the site Cheile Nerei – Beusnita is regionally (Caras Severin) accounted for 25% and at nationally (Romania) for 4.2%, while that now is not carried out a full inventory and the prospects are to increase the number of caves.

The 14 species of bats that are on the site represent 45% of all species of bats in Romania.

The project is important for biodiversity conservation as a whole since the 8310 habitat has direct functional link with other protected habitats or priority (7220 Petrifying springs with travertine deposit, 8210 chasmophytic vegetated rocky slopes on limestone rocks).

The 8310 habitat is also important because it is temporarily or accidentally habitat for species of large mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds.

THE PROJECT’s ACTIONS

Preparatory actions, elaboration of management plans and/or of action plans

A1. Technical planning of the preserving activities/ actions for targeted habitats and species
A2. Obtaining of permits for carrying out the activities and the conservation infrastructure
A3. Activities to persuade the activities’ administrators
A4. Development of the National action Plan for the conservation of the habitat 8310

Concrete conservation actions

C1. Restoring / reconstruction of the morphology of the habitat 8310
C2. The removal of pollutants from the habitat 8310
C3. The protection of habitat 8310

Monitoring of the impact of the project actions

D1. Monitoring the impact of actions on the habitat 8310
D2. Monitoring the effects of actions on the species of bats
D3. Socio-economic impact assessment of the project actions on the local economy and population
D4. Impact Assessment on restoring the functions of the underground ecosystem

Public awareness and dissemination of results

E1. Meetings with stakeholders
E2. Educational activities with schools
E3. Media Campaigns
E4. Participating and organizing of thematic conferences
E5. Development of information materials
E6. The project website
E7. Information boards
E8. Public report

Overall project operation and monitoring

F1. Project Management
F2. Exchange information with other projects
F3. Post-Life Conservation Plan
F4. External auditing of the project
F5. Monitoring the activities of the project

THE TEAM

Project coordinator

Ildiko VIȚAN

Project Manager

Georgeta  ŢÎŢAN

Assistant manager

Ileana PÂRJE

Financially responsible

Petru OPRUȚ

Procurement Responsable

Mihaela IVĂNUȘCĂ

Responsabil tehnic

Valentin BRAGĂ

Responsible for PR & communication

Simona OPRIŞA – STĂNESCU

Tehnic manager

Bogdan BĂDESCU

Preserving specialist

Teodora SINCULEŢ

GIS / monitoring specialist

Laura TÎRLĂ

LOCALIZATION

The project is located in southwestern Romania, Caras Severin county, Natura 2000 site Nera Beusnita (SCI and SPA) and the National Park Nera Beusnita.

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