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  • Reed has started vegetation

    April 2016

    At the end of the cold season, we notice joyfully that reed planted the previous autumn has started vegetation. This way, the treatment plants can function according to their design, shortly.

  • Exchange visit in Norway

    April 2016

    In first week of April a group from OPENFIELDS and OVR visited Norway in an exchange visit to the Norwegian partner NIBIO. First topic of the visit was to see the natural systems for water purification with special focus on constructed wetlands and filter beds designed for biological treatment (bio filter) and removal of phosphorus in filter media. We have discussed actual and future areas for cooperation within green technology for forest ecology, water purification and resource recovery in villages of Romania and Norway. During same visit we explored area for cooperation within farming, local food production and tourism in mountainous areas together with NIBIO and representatives from other organizations and local administration: Mountain Network, Oppland County Council, Valdres Nature and Cultural Park.

  • Closing Conference - Shighetul Marmatiei

    30 March, 2016

    On March 30th, 2016, the closing conference of the project took place in Sighetul Marmatiei, Maramures. Besides the partners and beneficiaries of the project, there were many attendants from various fields: local administration, Romanian Water agency, Romania Environmental Protection Guards, Rotary Club members, NGO representatives and others intereseted in the project.

     

    Mr. Ioan Stempel, engineer and chief comissary of the National Environmental Protection Guards, from Maramures county, considered that the outcome of the project is the culmination of efforts designed to convince those who come in Maramures to return. A harmonious development of the county must be intrinsically linked to care for the environment, with particular attention to the protection of air, soil and sources of water.

    The closing event of the project was honored by the presence of the Ambassador of Norway. Ms. Ambassador Westberg pointed out that environmental protection has become one of the pillars of sustainable development:

     

    "Today, Europe's future can not be envisioned without taking into account the principles of sustainable development. Norway has mastered this concept. We have set as our development objective to become one of the most innovative and green economies in the world. " Ms. Ambassador also appreciated the good cooperation between the Romanian and Norwegian partners in this project, especially  and in Norway Grants funded projects in general.

     

    "Installing these systems will prevent contamination of the groundwater and could lead to more efficient use of waste as fertilizer," said Mr. Ovidiu Spinu, Open Fields Foundation CEO

    The event ended with a Q&A session and a surprise from Open Fields for beneficiaries of the treatment plants: two models representing the functioning of their waste water management systems that can be displayed in hte agrotouristic facilities they manage. All participants had a very good time and enjoyed both the information received and the traditional hospitality of Maramures.

  • Exchange visit to Viscri village, Brasov County

    March 12 -13, 2016

    On March 12 -13, 2016 a group of agroutourism B&B owners from Vadu Izei, Maramures participated in a field visit to Viscri village, Brasov county.

     

    There they had the opportunity to visit a waste water management system, the only one fully financed by His Royal Majesty, Prince Charles of Great Britain, a regular visitor of this area. On this occasion, the Maramures guest houses owners had the chance to experiment being a guest for once.

     

     An exchange of best practices and experiences took place between guests and hosts not only in environmental friendly techniques but also in agrotourism field. All the participants had a great and useful time .

     

  • Greening the Agrotourism business in Romania - presentation in Babes Bolyai University on March 9th, and a field visit from  BBU to Vadu Izei on March 23rd, 2016.

    On February 23rd, 2016 a  presentation of the project  "Greening the Agro-Tourism Business in Romania" and a training was held for students and teachers from Babes-Bolyai University. The subjects discussed were the compost, the storage of manure on concrete platforms and the benefits of using environmental friendly techniques in businesses.

     

    The theoretical presentation had a hands-on follow-up, as a group of students and teacher took a field visit to the waste water management system from Casa Traditionala Borlean, in Vadu Izei, Maramures. The participants were very impressed with the visit and with the warm welcome they received.

     

  • Greening the Agrotourism business in Romania - presentation for guesthouse owners in Ocna Sugatag

    February 24, 2016

    On February 24th, 2016 a  new presentation of the project  and a training for the agrotourism business owners took place in Ocna Şugatag, Maramureş. The participants were very interested in the benefits of using green technologies for the environment.

  • A new meeting with the agrotouristic guesthouses owners

    February 23, 2016

    On February 23rd, 2016 a  presentation of the project  "Greening the Agro-Tourism Business in Romania" and a training for the agrotourism business owners took place in Vadu Izei, Maramures. The subjects discussed werre the methods and benefits of composting and the correct storage of manure on concrete platforms.

  • Norwegian Technology makes Romanian agritourism greener

  • The beneficiaries from Vadu Izei use the organic compost and fertilizer

    produced - February 2016

    In Vadu Izei and Mara villages, the beneficiaries of the manure platforms and compost boxes begin using the fertilizer produced for improving the soil in their gardens and in the fields they will use for their crops.

  • The first water samples were taken for the comparative study, and have been sent for laboratory analysis. - January 2016

  • The reception of the two biological treatment plants was held

     December 4th, 2015

    On December 4th, 2015 the reception of the two biological treatment plants was held. After the last adjustments requested by their beneficiaries and NIBIO were finished, the parameters of operation were thoroughly tracked and verified with the constructor, the beneficiaries, the designer and the construction engineer. The final conclusion is that the systems are working properly.

     

  • OVR Agro-Tur-Art Foundation and Heifer Romania organized in Vadu Izei, Maramures County, a new meeting with the local community

    On November 28th

    On November 28th,  OVR Agro-Tur-Art Foundation and Heifer Romania organized in Vadu Izei, Maramures County, a new meeting with the local community. The purpose of this meeting was the training of the beneficiaries and other interested parties in correct methods of composting and manure management systems.

  • The water management systems are being prepared for the cold season.

  • Greenovation Challenge : youth skills development for innovation in sustainable development

    November 11 2015

    On 11/11/2015 , during the webinar organized within "Greenovation Challenge : youth skills development for innovation in sustainable development" the project , "Greening the Agro-TourismBusiness in Romania" project was presented. "Greenovation Challenge" is a Romanian - Norway, bilateral environmental education project, financed through EEA Grants 2009-2014 within the NGO Fund in Romania. Between 2014 and 2016 the project will involve  50 teachers and 950 high school students from mountainous areas.

    Students were interested and they asked questions, especially about the costs of maintenance and sustainability of the project .

     

  • Launching event of the two waste water treatment systems

    in Vadu Izei and Mara

    Thursday, October 15th, 2015, for the first time in Romanian rural tourism, two biological waste water treatment systems were inaugurated in Vadu Izei and Mara, in Maramures County.

    The inauguration was attended by representatives of Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development: Ms Anne Lise Rognlidalen - Program Manager and Mr. Mihai ŞTEFĂNESCU - program officer; representatives of the Norwegian Institute of Research Bioeconomy, NIBIO: Mr Ragnar ELTUN, Adam PARUCH, Trond MÆHLUM - researchers surveyed and designed for the wastewater treatment plant; Dr. Ovidiu SPÎNU, Director Heifer Romania, Mr. Viorel Bunea, Heifer's board representative, Mr. Emanuel Tapu - project manager, Heifer Romania; Mr. Ioan BOCŞA, Vadu Izei deputy mayor and local representatives, project beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

    The event was very successful, all participants appreciated both the successful achievement of project objectives and the warm welcome of the organizers: Foundation Heifer Romania, Pensiunea Pintea Haiducu from Mara vilage and Casa Traditionala Borleanu from Vadu Izei.

  • In Mara the waste-water management system is getting in shape

    October-November 2015

    All project partners, together with the constructor hired to build the waste-water management systems are determined to accomplish the objectives of the project in the best possible way and in time. Everyone is very involved and preoccupied with putting their best in this project. A few more steps and the object is accomplished.

  • In Vadul Izei the waste-water management system is getting in shape

    October 2015

    All project partners, together with the constructor hired to build the waste-water management systems are determined to accomplish the objectives of the project in the best possible way and in time. Everyone is very involved and preoccupied with putting their best in this project. A few more steps and the object is accomplished.

  • OVR Agro -Tur -Art Foundation and Heifer Romania organized in Vadu Izei, a new meeting with the local community

    September the 8th, 2015

    On the September the 8th, 2015  OVR Agro -Tur -Art Foundation and Heifer Romania organized in Vadu Izei, Maramures County a new meeting with the local community. This meeting's purpose was a new training session for the beneficiaries and other stakeholders on composting methods and its benefits. 16 people attended the meeting, including members of the association, farmers and Romanian partners' representatives.

  • OVR Agro -Tur -Art Foundation and Heifer Romania started construction of the two waste water management systems

    August/ / September 2015

    After obtaining all necessary agreements, approvals and construction permits, OVR Agro -Tur -Art Foundation and Heifer Romania started the actual construction of the two waste water management systems, the first of which Borleanu Traditional House in Vadu Izei, Maramures.

  • The completion of the 10 manure systems in Vadu Izei, Maramureş.

    August 2015

    Heifer Romania and OVR Agro-Tur-Art Foundation gladly announces the completion of the 10 manure systems in Vadu Izei, Maramureş. Their beneficiaries have taken part in the trainings offered by the organizers concerning correct storage of manure on concrete platforms and are keen to implement all learned.

  • First 10 Composting Boxes were distributed to beneficiaries, Vadu Izei

    July 2015

    The first 10 Composting Boxes were distributed to beneficiaries from Vadu Izei, Maramures. They have actively shown interest in this project by participating in training provided by the Foundation OVR Agro-Tur-Art and Heifer Romania and expressed their willingness to apply what they have learned about composting methods.

  • Work in progress for manure systems, Vadu Izei

    June 2015

    The manure systems for the first beneficiaries of Vadu Izei are near completion. They actively took part in the training provided by the Foundation OVR Agro-Tur-Art and Heifer Romania in May 2015 regarding manure management, and expressed their excitement to start using the platforms as to prevent groundwater contamination.

  • Reception of filters, Vadu Izei and Mara

    June 2015

  • Trainings

    May 2015

    On May 29, 2015 the OVR Agro-Tur-Art Foundation and Heifer Romania organized in Vadu Izei, Maramures County, a meeting with the local community. This meeting was aimed to train future beneficiaries and interested parties in correct methods of composting and manure management systems. The training started at 7 pm, and 15 people, including members of the association, farmers and Romanian partners representatives were present.

     

  • Current systems for manure treatment in

    Vadu Izei, Maramures

    April 2015

  • Project Opening Conference

    December 17, 2014

    The conference marking the inauguration of the project took place on December 17 in Maramures County, where different participants of the project were in attendance. Members of the Ecology and Tourism Center Association, various universities and four city hall representatives also learned about this project and left excited about Heifer's directions and eager for the next meeting.

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