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Map / Romania

Welcome! Here you will find information about Romania regarding:

  • Protected Areas management
  • The Training and capacity Needs Assessment reports
  • Capacity building initiatives/projects

Protected Areas management

Protected Areas in Romania cover 23.38% of the national territory, including national and nature parks, reserves and terrestrial and marine Natura 2000 sites.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has the responsibility for Protected Areas management at a national level. Most Protected Areas have own administrations or custodians representing the National Forest Administration through Forest Directorates and Forest Research and Management Institute, County Councils, NGOs, Universities and research centers or Environmental Protection Agencies. Not all PAs have a designated custodian/administration yet.

The Training and capacity Needs Assessment

The Training and capacity needs assessment report (2014) The ”Assessment of capacity development needs of protected area staff in Eastern Europe. Romania” is based on a survey that has been filled in by the staff employed in the national Protected Area management system of Romania in 2013.

The results of the surveys provide detailed information on staffing profiles, training provided in the past three years and structured assessments of competence, based on which recommendations have been developed.

The preparation and publication of this report was supported by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz: BfN) as a component of the project ‘Capacity Building Plans for Efficient Protected Area Management in Eastern Europe’ (Number: Z1.3-544 11-63/12 (FKZ: 3512 82 1800)).

The report will be available for download as soon as possible.

Capacity building initiatives/projects

Propark Foundation for Protected Areas is the main provider for courses dedicated to Protected Areas staff in Romania. Unfortunately the training events do not happen on a regular basis, are linked to various project opportunities and depend on external funding sources.

One of the main results at a national level are the registered occupations for: ranger, Protected Areas specialist, community outreach facilitator and custodian as well as occupational standards for the first three. This legal framework, offers guidelines for proper course topics and quality training sessions in order to help Protected Area staff acquire needed competences for their work.

In 2015 Propark has also launched a platform for online courses dedicated to Protected Areas specialists, used for blended learning training sessions. The platform was developed within the project ”Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for Protected Area managers in Romania”, sponsored by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt” and implemented in partnership with EUROPARC Federation.

Other initiatives with regional impact have been developed within projects like: ”Strengthening the management capacity of Protected Areas in Eastern Europe” and ”Protected Area Governance in Eastern Europe”, commissioned by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and implemented by ProPark Foundation for Protected Areas, as well as ”Development of guidelines for the management of the Protected Area system and Protected Areas in the Republic of Moldova”, financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

For other initiatives in the field of capacity building for Protected Areas that should be included here, please write to us at [email protected] (state within the subject of the message: Capacity Building Section – Romania)