Mures Floodplain ecosystems – rehabilitated using European funds

Mures Floodplain ecosystems – rehabilitated using European funds

On 29 October 2015 conference was held to launch the project “Halting the expansion of invasive species of plants in the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park – SESIL“. The event was held at Hotel Central Arad, from 11:00.
With support from the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009 -2914, based on the Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the Government of Romania, Mureș Floodplain Natural Park Administration receive a grant of 999 790 EURO.
This funding is granted for a period of 8 months starting in September 2015 bound for implementation of the project ” Halting the expansion of invasive species of plants in the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park – SESIL “.

This project part of the program RO 02 “Biodiversity and ecosystem services” and its the promoter is Mureș Floodplain Natural Park Administration, and as partners “Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad and Association Arad Development Center.

Project objectives are:
Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the negative effects on ecosystems and agro-forestry habitats of community interest arising from the expansion of invasive species of plants in the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park;
The rehabilitation of agro-ecosystems in Mures Floodplain Natural Park alarming expansion affected by the invasive plant species, particularly Amorpha fruticosa (dwarf acacia);
Consciousness of the public about the negative effects of invasive species of plants and expansion of intensive agriculture to the detriment of development.

Coverage of the project is:
The administrative territory of Arad and Timis counties, lower meadow of the Mures River, across localities Arad, Pecica, Semlac, Seitin, Nădlac, Zădăreni, Felnac, Secusigiu, Periam, Saravale Sânnicolau Mare and  Cenad.
At the end of the project will be, among other things, achieved:
A GIS database, which will include land distribution in invasive species of plants in the Mureș Floodplain Natural Park;
A strategy / action plan for combating and preventing the onset of invasive plant species in the protected area;
– At least 100 hectares of land acquired and rehabilitated affected or likely to be affected by the presence of invasive species of plants and intensive agriculture;
A tractor and agricultural equipment required to carry out combating and preventing installation of invasive plant species;
A web page that will be presented the project funder, partnership, project objectives, the proposed actions, the project results;
12 meetings for local communities’ awareness;
A scientific symposium organized by the University Aurel Vlaicu.

Land abandonment by their failure to be cultivated and an ongoing maintenance, leads to installation and extension in an alarming way of invasive plant species that gradually eliminate local plants. In this context, intervention of Mures Floodplain Natural Park Administration to halt or decrease, this phenomenon is absolutely necessary.