The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (D.D.B.R.A.) organized on November 28, 2017 a seminar on " Management of grasslands in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve", an activity that is part of DANUBEparksCONNECTED project - Bridging the Danube Protected Areas towards a Danube Habitat Corridor, financed by the Danube Transnational Program.

The project aims to create a bridge of Danube protected areas to counteract the fragmentation of Danube landscapes and habitats, and to strengthen the Danube River as a key ecological corridor, a priority of EU policies. Within the framework of Work Package WP5, Corridor Land - Dry Habitat, a study will be developed regarding grasslands specific for xerophilic habitats and emblematic orchid species of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (D.D.B.R.). In this respect, the first step in the preparation of the study is represented by this national cross-sectoral seminar aimed at informing and raising the awareness of public and stakeholders about the specific grassland in our protected area.

The objectives of the seminar were to increase the level of information and awareness of local populations about the biodiversity of natural grasslands in D.D.B.R., as well as how to manage them. The purpose was identification of local problems, planning future actions, as well as strengthening D.D.B.R.A.’s institutional capacity by informing and raising public awareness on the preservation of natural habitat values ​​in order to obtain support for achieving/implementing all the objectives proposed in the project.

The seminar was attended by representatives of local authorities, namely Tulcea County Council, Tulcea Prefecture, Tulcea City Hall, mayoralties within D.D.B.R. and vicinity, Environmental Protection Agency, Macin Mountains National Park, Office of Cadastre and Real Estate Advertising, Institute of Eco-Museum Research, Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development, as well as interested stakeholders (Tulcea Agriculture Payments and Intervention Agency, ITI Danube Delta Inter-Community Development Association, Danube Delta Local Group Association for Sustainable Fishing, NGOs, representatives of animal breeders associations, mass-media and the general public).

The welcome speech of the Governor Mălin-Matei Muşetescu, the message of the President of Tulcea County Council, George Luchici, the presentations of the DANUBEparksCONNECTED project and the activities of the WP5 Work Package, Corridor Land - Dry Habitat, as well as the expert presentations "Orchids from the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve", Dr. Adrian Oprea, Principal Biologist, "Anastasie Fătu" Botanical Garden Iaşi and "The Pastures of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve", Biol. Silviu Covaliov, Scientific Researcher, INCDDD Tulcea, have been able to provide the public with an overview of project activities, history of DANUBEPARKS Network, future implementation objectives and directions.

Given the interest the participants have shown on this topic, we believe that the event has achieved its purpose, namely to create a framework for understanding problems that will, in time, facilitate the implementation of adequate management for these important areas of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve.

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