January 5, 2011

European Funds to Protect Natural Resources

This Holiday season I received a beautiful Edelweiss / Queen's flower (Floare de Colt, Floarea Reginei) ecard and I remembered about this wonderful "flower of purity" found high in the Alps but also found in Romanian Carpathians Mountains in the rocky part higher than 2000 meters altitude. In Romania this plant is protected since 1933 and it is picture on the 50 Lei banknote. I felt in love with it's silvery woolly look since childhood, when I found one bush in bloom on the Bucegi Plateau. The impressive Romanian environmental heritage has stunning landscapes / natural areas and rare species of wild flora and fauna which should be protected. This post aims to provide a starting point for discussions in 2011 about biodiversity and nature protection for all those who love nature and wildlife.

 Edelweiss ecard / Floare de colt

Well, everywhere is talking about environmental problems and "How to live green". People all over the world are analyzing soil / air pollution, biodiversity and nature protection, floods and waste-water. Romania has amazing natural heritage: it is situated in the cross-point of the Carpathians, Danube and Black Sea ecosystems.  If you want to be involved in finding solutions for the environmental problems in Romania you can start your research by browsing the European Union Structural and  Cohesion Funds  available till 2013.

The Operational Programme 'Environment'   (Programul Operational Mediu - POS Mediu) which is managed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (Ministerul Mediului si Padurilor) has an European budget (allocated for 2007-2013 period) of EUR 4.512,470 million and Romanian budget of EUR 1098,406 millions.
Its main objective is to improve the living standards and the environment in Romanian territory and it's main axys (types of investments funded) are:
  • Extension and modernization of water and waste-water systems; 
  • Development of integrated waste management systems and rehabilitation of historically contaminated sites;
  • Reduction of pollution and mitigation of climate change by restructuring and renovating urban heating systems towards energy efficiency targets in the identified local environmental hot-spots;
  • Implementation of adequate management systems for nature protection;
  • Implementation of adequate infrastructure of natural risk prevention in most vulnerable areas;
  • Technical Assistance
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The final version (2007) of the official document focusing in meeting the European legislation on the environment about Sectoral Operational Programme Environment (2007-2013) elaborated by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development is available at the
http://www.fonduri-structurale.ro/Document_Files//mediu/00000029/kq488_POS_Mediu_EN.pdf

Romanian official website of the Ministry of Environment and Forests is http://www.mmediu.ro (English version is still unavailable) and the official website with detailed information about  the projects portfolio in Operational Sectoral Programme 'Environment'  / Programul Operaţional Sectorial "Mediu", European and national legislation on the environment, intermediate organizations and detailed guidance to applicants for different Axys in "Environment" Programme is: http://www.posmediu.ro/home (only romanian version).

In 2011, the projects for first two AxysExtension and modernization of water and wastewater systems and Development of integrated waste management systems and rehabilitation of historically contaminated sites could be completed and submitted to be financed until 31 December 2011.

For the "Implementation of adequate management systems for nature protection" which has as objectives: conservation of biological diversity, natural habitats, wild flora and fauna, and to ensure effective management of protected natural areas, the projects could be still completed and submitted to be financed  until 31 January 2011.

I don't know if the eligibility conditions are too restrictive, or the evaluation and selection process is correlated with other procedures, but it is a good opportunity for lovers of nature to implement a project in this domain.

Eligible to became beneficiary of these European funds are: The Administrators and Custodians of protected natural areas that have legal / juridic personality; local authorities (Mayor, County Concils), Nonguvernamental Organizations (Associations and Foundations for Protection of Nature); The Directorate of Nature Protection,   Research Institutes, Universities and Museums.

The activities eligible for the projects are:
  • developments / revisions of plans, strategies and measures for management of protected natural areas and other related activities.
  • investments in infrastructure for public-oriented environmental protection and management of protected natural areas
  • activities to improve and maintain the favorable conservation status of species and habitats
  • consultation and information activities
  • training and development of institutional network management of natural protected areas  
 Edelweiss / Floare de colt

Let's protect Edelweiss and all the natural resources we have.
They are part of our heritage, our way of life and our future.

I like to start the new year with best wishes to everyone.  Enjoy a lovely song Edelweiss (Floare de Colt) sung by Ducu Bertzi  - Romanian singer born in 1955 in Sighetu-Marmatiei (the lyrics were translated in English by myself).


 Thanks to G. Junescu for the video


Silvery dream covered by petals
Your nest is above the Mountains
Your beam of light descend my Way
More beautiful than in a fairy tale
Re: You, Edelweiss, wonder under sky vaults
Delicate Star, My love!


Snowed flower on top of Mountains
Beyond the clouds and stars
Who could reach your heights?
Only the longings of my soul! 
Re:You, Edelweiss, wonder under sky vaults
Delicate Star, My love!


Flower of living light,
Warm morning smile to brighten my day
I am always waiting for you
Meeting you once in all my life.
Re:You, Edelweiss, wonder under sky vaults
Delicate Star, My love!

Vis de-argint si de petale
Cuibul tau e sus pe creste
Raza ta-mi coboara-n cale
Mai frumos ca-ntr-o poveste.
Re: Tu floare de colt, minune sub bolti
Frageda stea, iubita mea !

Floare ninsa-n varf de stanca
Mai presus de nori si stele
Cine oare sa te-ajunga ?
Numai dorurile mele !
Re: Tu floare de colt, minune sub bolti
Frageda stea, iubita mea !

Floare de lumina vie
Zambet cald de dimineata
Te astept de-o vesnicie
Te-ntalnesc o data-n viata.
Re: Tu floare de colt, minune sub bolti
Frageda stea, iubita mea !

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