Coordinating beneficiary: Environment Protection Agency of Bihor County
Web site: http://www.apmbh.ro
The Environment Protection Agency of Bihor County performs the following activities:
- controls and guides the environment protection activity, of the biological natural resources, and of the ecologic equilibrium
- monitors the quality parameters of the environmental factors and their evolution- prepares (in cooperation with the specialist territorial authorities) synthetic papers and technical reports on the quality evolution of the environmental factors, and ecologic equilibrium within the administrative local zone that is under its responsibility
- offers technical consultancy and performs field expertise for each investment objective in the administrative county zone that is under its responsibility, issues agreements, notifications, authorizations/integrated authorizations for investment projects and economic activities that have an important impact on the environment
- guarantees the implementation of the ministry strategy concerning the ecologic preservation and reconstruction
- participates in the Natura 2000 Network implementation
- monitors all natural protected areas in the county
- undertakes determination services for pollutant emissions, laboratory analysis
- participates at elaborating the local and regional plans for environmental protection
- participates as a partner in two projects:
“Romanian-Hungarian Corridor of conservation biodiversity”, financed by Phare CBC 2003, duration: 2003-2006
“Protecting the red-rooted falcon in the Pannonia euroregion”, financed by LIFE Natura 2005, duration: 2006-2009
APMBH is involved in the implementation of 2 national projects and 9 local projects of ecological education. APMBH was also a beneficiary of the project “Study concerning the radioactivity and the heavy metal level of the main environmental agent and their influence on the ecosystems on the Crisul Negru stream in Buhor-Békés Euroregion”, duration: 2008-2009, having as partners: Lower-Tisza District Environmental, Nature and Water Management Authority, Szeged, Hungary and Public Authority of Bihor County and similar authorities from Hungary.
Associated beneficiary (1): Romanian Bat Protection Association
Web site: http://www.aplr.ro
The Romanian Bat Protection Association, (RBPA) established in 2000, is a non-profit, non governmental organization, which unifies people from Romania who are interesting on bat research and bat protection.
Its mission is to promote activities in the field of bat protection and research focusing on general environmental protection as well.
Being a nationwide NGO in Romania it already has established local branches and local groups in the most important regions of the country (Bucharest, Sibiu, Iași, Cluj and Harghita Counties) which help to organize actions at the local level solving particular problems concerning bats in that area.
Since 2000 the RBPA has delivered more than 14 projects about bat research and monitoring, volunteer recruitment, public awareness and concrete conservation actions in the frame of national and international projects. The RBPA is well known and is involved in the activities of EUROBATS (European agreement on bat conservation) that gives the possibility for expertise development by international consultation and change of experiences.
Associated beneficiary (2): “Emil Racoviță” Institute of Speleology
Web site: http://www.iser.ro
The “Emil Racoviță” Speleological Institute, founded in 1920 at Cluj Romania was the first speleological institute in the world, conceived as a universal model for the synthetic basic research of the subterranean domain. After a period of eclipse during World War II, in 1956 the Speleological Institute was reorganized, in two centers, one in Bucharest and one in Cluj. In 1958, its founder’s name became the emblem of the renewed “Emil Racoviță” Speleological Institute which was meant to continue the complex scientific investigation of the underground. Having a long tradition and an experienced staff (35 researches), the Institute seeks to maintain a high scientific standard and to continue to play a leading role in the various branches of Speleology and Karstology. The institute co-operates with all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the exploration, the investigation and the inventory of the Romanian Karst, achieving thus a national co-ordination of these specific activities.
Organized after 1990 under the auspices of the Romanian Academy, the Speleological Institute consists of five departments representing the following branches: biospeleology, phreatobiology, speleopaleontology, geospeology and regional karstology. These departments include well-known specialists in the taxonomy of various invertebrate and vertebrate groups. One of the main directions of research is focused on the studies on monitoring and biodiversity in karstic zones and in underground networks, both natural and perturbed. These investigations are complemented by ecological and ethological studies upon subterranean terrestrial and aquatic taxa, organization and function of trophic chains in karstic system, dynamics of underground populations and other related topics. In addition, protection of euedaphic and subterranean ecosystems, especially those developed in karst areas, is also part of the activities of the biospeleology department.
“Emil Racoviță” Institute of Speleology has benefited from the following LIFE projects:
1. LIFE – Environment Project No. 99/ENV/RO/006764: “Combined actions for the protection and the development of the Apuseni Mountains’ natural heritage” (1999), budget: 190,000 €, duration: 4 years, Bihor County Council in partnership with Romanian Speleological Federation and the “Emil Racoviță” Institute of Speleology
2. LIFE – Nature Project no. NAT00/RO7187: “Conservation of bats and their underground habitats in SW Carpathians” (2001), budget: 41,796.5 €, duration: 4 years, Green Cross Romania in partnership with the “Emil Racoviță” Institute of Speleology, The Group for Underwater and Speleological Exploration, and the “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History.