I have the pleasure to share with you a social phenomenon identified by many experts and promoted by Prince Charles, the current Prince of Wales. This is the specific way of living in Villages in the Carpathian Mountains’ area, specifically in Romania’s’ region: Transylvania.
The ideas I will share with the community stems from the film “Wild Carpathia - Filming the Last Untouched European Wilderness” http://vimeo.com/31991188, sponsored by The European Nature Trust (TENT) created by ecological facilitator Paul Lister, to protect and restore threatened wilderness, wild habitats, and the wildlife living within them. Their objective is to have a large National Park created in this location, which would preserve its beauty and wildlife, redefine its importance as one of the great surviving wonders of the natural world heritage
There are many important issues being reflected in this initiative, but I would like to expose the one related with this Campaign: Sustainable “Food Getting” In Ex-Communist countries from Eastern Europe.
It`s obvious that Technological Innovation, R&D activities in all fields, “Tertiary Educated” population and a Developed Banking system will increase Industrial Production and so THE ECONOMICAL GORWTH. But as we can easily observe, this option crashes IN TERMS OF SUSTAINABILITY.
There is another alternative for the case of a country such as Romania, which accounts with, still, a great Natural Landscape, with agricultural culture and tradition: ECO-AGRICULTURE which can be complemented by the ECO-TURISM.
The specific way of COHABITATING and INTEGRATING the environment makes possible and sustainable the Small Scale Ecological Agriculture, at the same time respecting WILD FAUNA and FLORA. Actually in Transylvania there are coexisting rural settlements with more than 50% of the carnivore animals in Europe, and many unique bird and flower species.
There are many places in which Agriculture is realized with NATURAL FERTILIZER (manure, that helps preserving flower species, butterflies…) and where chattels graze freely during the day.
The GOOD NEWS
Is that many young Romanians are GOING FORWARD, BY RETURNING to their parental villages and running AGRO-TURISTIC activities, in many cases WITH THE SUPPORT OF EU’s FOUNDS. This is making possible to insure a living, to reduce unemployment, to increase salaries in URBAN environment (by reducing available workforce), increasing the mobility between regions (because of tourism, translations from one region seeking better jobs).
These is a great opportunity because is a matter of making people realize that what they were doing since generation IS TODAY APPRETIATED AND HAS FANCY NAME LIKE “BIO”, “ECO”, etc. and that can provide a good living again and not only subsistence.
- EU policies for subsidizing this kind of agriculture and Agro-Tourism
- Marketing its products through all channels
- Campaigning FOR MITTIGATING HUMAN ACTIVITIES’ ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
- By REWARDING economically and socially those realizing these activities in order to create a PRIDE of living in Villages, working in eco-farms,
“agro-eco-tourism”, and a PRIDE of protecting the Environment.
I’ll stop here for now. I hope that you’ll find interesting this vision.