Halting the expansion of invasive plant species in the Mureș Floodplain Natural

 

Program financed from EEA fonds –  www.eeagrants.org

Title of the project: Halting the expansion of invasive plant species in Mureș Floodplain Natural Park

Funding:  Project funded by the financial mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA) 2009-2014
Program RO 02 – biodiversity and ecosystem services, Call for Proposals No. 3
Financing contract no. 6324 / 14.09.2015
Implementation period September 2015 – April 2017
The total funding 1,772,631.88 lei

Acronym: SESIL

The purpose of the project
Design and implementation of an awareness campaign about the negative effects of invasive species of plants and expansion of intensive agriculture, to the local communities that own land in Mureș Floodplain Natural Park.

The problem identified and proposed to solve: local communities around the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park deos not know the danger generated by invasive plant species extension.

Project Location
The administrative area of Arad and Timiș counties, lower meadow of the Mureș River, across localities Arad, Pecica, Semlac, Șeitin, Nădlac, Zădăreni, Felnac, Secusigiu, Periam, Saravale, Sânnicolau Mare and Cenad.

The Mureș Floodplain Natural Park was officially designated as a protected area in 2005 and is one of the 28 national and natural parks in the country. Of these, 22 are managed by the National Forest Romsilva and the park is one of them. The protected area covers a total area of 17,455.2 hectares, of which 14,350.5 ha in Arad country and 3,104.7 ha in Timiș county.

Partnership
Name of applicant: R.N.P. Romsilva Mureș Floodplain Natural Park Administration R.A.
Partner 1: “Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad
Partner 2: Development Center Arad

Project objectives
1. Quantitative and qualitative assessments of negative effects on ecosystems agro-forestry and habitats of community interest generated by the expansion of invasive plant species in Mureș Floodplain Natural Park.
2. Rehabilitation of agro-ecosystems affected in Mureș Floodplain Natural Park of the massive expansion of invasive plant species, particularly Amorpha fruticosa.
3. Educate the public about the negative effects of invasive species of plants and expanding intensive agriculture to the detriment of sustainable.

Activities included in the project

Expected results

Partnership

 

R.N.P. Romsilva Mureș Floodplain Natural Park Administration R.A.

logo_p_lunca(applicant, project leader)
www.luncamuresului.ro

Mureș Floodplain Natural Park Administration promotes and ensures the management of the protected area, which has four different statuses of protection – natural park, Natura 2000 sites to protect birds, Natura 2000 and Ramsar habitat. Employees are involved in patrolling, organizing ecotourism programs, conducting environmental education programs, monitoring flora, fauna and other.


 

“Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad

logouav(partner 1)
www.uav.ro

“Aurel Vlaicu” University is a state institution of higher education who has the mission to run programs of education and scientific research. It also supports and promotes strategies in local communities, regional, national and international. It consists of nine faculties, including the Faculty of Food Engineering, Tourism and Environmental Protection, specifically involved in this project.

Activities
Establish a strategy/action plan for combating and preventing the onset of invasive plant species and practicing intensive agriculture on land purchased by the project.

 


 

Arad Development Center

logo_p_cda(partner 2)
http://www.aradcda.ro

The association is an NGO Development Center. CDA aims to support development of the region by organizing promotional activities, consultancy, education, services, and access to implementation to the grant projects. The association is a support for the community, providing advisory activities, technology transfer activities, training, retraining and reorientation of human resources.

 

Activities
– Design and implementation of an awareness campaign of the negative effects of the expansion of invasive species of plants and intensive agriculture , to the local communities that own land in Mureş Floodplain Natural Park, consisting in making a website, meetings of awareness with the localities around Mureș Floodplain, making flyers , custom hats, shirts, making a documentary film to promote the principles of sustainable agriculture and the importance of combating invasive species of plants;
– Mandatory advertising of the project;
– Developing plans and quality reports, dissemination, use and sustainability of the project;

Project objectives

 

The overall objective (purpose) of the project aims to improve the conservation status of ecosystems in the Meadow Mureș, affected by the alarming invasion of invasive plant species, on one hand, and by intensive agriculture, on the other, by restoring this ecosystems. In addition, the project aims to considerably increase the awareness of the population in the Lower Meadow Mureș regarding the danger posed by the growth of invasive species of plants and intensive agriculture at the expense of development. The project goal is very well adapted to the general objectives of the Programme, which emphasizes the importance of restoring degraded areas and addressing the lack of concern and public education on biodiversity.

The specific objectives are:
1. Quantitative and qualitative assessments of negative effects on ecosystems agro-forestry and habitats of community interest generated by the expansion of invasive plant species in Mures Floodplain Natural Park.
2. Rehabilitation of agro-ecosystems affected Mureș Floodplain Natural Park of worrying expansion of invasive plant species, particularly Amorpha fruticosa.
3. Educate the public about the negative effects of invasive species of plants and expanding intensive agriculture to the detriment of sustainable.

The project will contribute to the overall objective of the program by improving the condition of ecosystems and the level of knowledge, information and public awareness on the benefits provided by ecosystem services and on the importance of keeping them in good condition and restoration of degraded areas of Mureș Floodplain Natural Park, a protected area of national interest (natural park, the Vth IUCN category), EU (Natura 2000 site SPA and SCI) and internationally (Ramsar site – a wetland of international importance).

Activities included in the project

 

Mapping the area occupied by invasive plant species Amorpha fruticosa, Acer negundo and Falopia japonica.

Identification and acquisition of at least 100 ha of farmland in areas affected by invasive plant species and intensive agriculture.

Establish a strategy/action plan for combating and preventing the onset of invasive plant species and practicing intensive agriculture on land purchased by the project.

Implementation of the strategy/work plan for combating and preventing installation of invasive plant species on land purchased by the project.

Purchase of equipment for fighting invasive species and long-term field work by the principles of sustainable agriculture.
– Purchasing a timber shredder with a smaller tractor for towing, especially Amorpha fruticosa capitalization strains.
– Purchasing a tractor and farm machinery maintenance related to land to control and prevent the installation of invasive plant species and field work according to the principles of sustainable agriculture.

Design and implementation of an awareness campaign the negative effects of the expansion of invasive species of plants and practicing intensive agriculture to the local communities that own land in Mureş Floodplain Natural Park.
– Create a web page that will be presented to the project sponsor, partnership, project objectives, the proposed actions, the project results.
– Organization of awareness meetings in villages Arad, Pecica, Semlac, Seitin, Nădlac, Zădăreni, Felnac, Secusigiu, Periam, Saravale, Sânnicolau Mare and Cenad.
– Flyers that will highlight the negative impact on natural ecosystems, to the presence of invasive plant species.
– Creating and distributing caps that will be printed with the title of the project.
– Creating and distributing T-shirts that will be printed with the title of the project.
– Making a documentary to promote the principles of sustainable agriculture and the importance of combating invasive species of plants.

The compulsory disclosure of the project
– Organizing a symposium in which to present and discuss the project results.
– Publication on the website of the project documents to inform about the progress of the project.
– Organizing press conferences.

 

Expected results

 

1. A GIS database, which will include the land distribution in invasive plant species Mureș Floodplain Natural Park.
2. At least 100 hectares of land purchased and rehabilitated affected or likely to be affected by the presence of invasive species of plants and intensive agriculture.
3. A strategy / action plan for combating and preventing the onset of invasive plant species on land purchased by the project.
4. A wood chopper purchased.
5. A tractor and agricultural machinery related to acquired.
6. A web page that will be presented to the project sponsor, partnership, project objectives, the proposed actions, the project results.
7. 5000 brochures that will highlight the negative impact on natural ecosystems, to the presence of invasive plant species.
8. 2000 shirts distributed.
9. 12 meetings of awareness.
10. Minimum 240 questionnaires of rating completed.
11. A symposium with 50 participants.
12. Two press conferences.
13. A documentary film.
14. One advertising plan developed.
15. One dissemination report.
16. One quality plan and one report of quality of project implementation.
17. One operating plan and project sustainability.
18. A final audit report conducted.