Economic diversification and biodiversity conservation
Economic diversification of local developing business may be a key to enhance the complience of development needs with biodiversity conservation requirements. Together with educating entrepreneurship culture and social and environmental responsability, economic diversification may be a strategic tool to reduce poverty and, thus, pressure on natural resources from within and around the Natura 2000 site.
For the purpose of helping the local communities in developing businesses to comply with sustainable development principles in this Natura 2000 area we manage, we would like to start diversifying the local economy and to shorten the food chain.
To practically achieve this economic diversification, we are willing to implement locally innovation in the food business, starting from small facilities operated by education units (which may also serve for educational purposes) and up to developing partnership with business to operate and trade the obtained products.
From the socio-economic area pattern, the most appropriate topics of economic diversification of local food industry are the following:
– Small scale (innovative) technology to process forest fruits at the origin (forest) (topic 1)
– Turning waste food into environmental rehabilitation materials
– Management of waste from bread making and other small scale local shops – to increase their valability time (avoid fungi etc.)
– Increase the nutritional value of the free snack (milk and bread) the students receive for free from State, by adding local food in a sustainable and hygenic way.
We are open to cooperate in any other area or for any other topic and to replicate the experience of our comunity to similar small rural communities from Romania and from all over European Union.
We are open to cooperation in any of the 4 topics, both Research and R&I.
Who we are?
We are custodians of ROSCI0283 “Cheile Doftanei” Natura 2000 site, a forested area in Southern Romania, Prahova County, surrounded by several rural communities.
We work in partenership with local schools in educating students on digital technologies, robotics, drones, regenerable energy in the aim of local economy diversification on long run and GNSS/GPS and GIS use to support the management of the biodiversity of the protected area.
We work in partnership with local and de-centralised institutions – church, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Guard, Local Forest Inspectorate – to foster business links and social responsability, while increasing the local revenue and supporting entreprenorship, bringing modern jobs and innovation to the local communities.
We are also committed to share experience and to replicate results in other rural areas of Romania and European Union.
We focus on innovation and cutting edge technologies in all our projects and programs, as well as in bringing on board the new generation.