Waste collecting and educational and ecological camps; Improving garbage facilities
Waste collecting and educational and ecological camps
Starting from the beginning of the project a number of 11 educational camps had been organised as well as around 10 waste collecting activities (the most relevant are described bellow). The total amount of garbage collected is around 15 tones. The number of children and teenagers attending these manifestations exceeds 500.
From 5th to 15th July 2003 was organised a summer camp at the Curmatura chalet nearby the Creasta Pietrei Craiului-Valea Barsei site.
There were two different series of children with three workshops each. At both series participated the children from six localities
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(Zarnesti, Magura, Pestera, Rucar, Dambovicioara, Podu Dambovitei) in the vicinity of the five sites (localities selected on the impact basis regarding the sites). The overall number of the children involved was 60. The first workshop was intended to present what NATURA 2000 means and a brief presentation of the five proposed sites, adapted at their level of understanding. There was also a presentation of what a habitat means with focus on the listed habitats targeted by the project. A general presentation about the species targeted by the project was also conducted. The second workshop was related to the eco-tourism, what the eco-tourism means and how the NATURA 2000 sites may benefit from a sustainable tourism activity. The third workshop was the field application of the first one combining the identification of listed habitats and species with eco-tourism elements.
From 31st of October to 1st of November 2003 another camp was organised at Satic nearby Cheile Dambovicioarei site. The main purpose of this camp was targeting the ecological education, having theoretical presentation similar with those above mentioned, and waste collection in the nearby site (25 pupils collected 15 bags of 120l). 
On 5th of December 2003 a waste collection activity was held in the Creasta Pietrei Craiului-Valea Barsei and Prapastiile Zarnestilor sites with the participation of the children from the Zarnesti High School (30 pupils-30 bags of 120l).
At both waste collection activities were presented aspects regarding the NATURA 2000 sites.
Related with the European Day of the Parks, the Piatra Craiului National Park Administration organised a contest “The Small Rangers of Piatra Craiului” with the participation of 54 pupils. The contest was composed of three tests: tourism orientation, creating a map with elements collected from the field and performing. National Geographic Junior Magazine-Romania sponsored the contest awards. The first ecological trail in the Park was inaugurated. The trail contains six information panels regarding specific habitats and is starting from the Zarnesti Gorges site, continuing trough one of our pastureland, the last panel being installed on Piatra Craiului ridge. The children had the opportunity to follow the ecological trail and to find out information about the mentioned sites and general information about NATURA 2000.
Starting with 26th of June 2004 four series of summer camps were organised at the Curmatura chalet inside the Piatra Craiului Ridge and Barsa Valley site. Children from six localities nearby the park (Zarnesti, Magura, Pestera, Rucar, Dambovicioara, Podu Dambovitei) and from Retezat National Park , Vanatori Forest Park and Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve attended the camps. The overall number of the children involved was 60. It was a very good opportunity for the children to find out information about NATURA 2000 means and a brief presentation of the five proposed sites. There were also presentations about park habitats with focus on the listed habitats targeted by the project. A general presentation about the species targeted by the project was also conducted. Another theme of each camp series was the eco-tourism, and how the NATURA 2000 sites may benefit from a sustainable tourism activity. Field applications of the previous mentioned actions were conducted, by combining the identification of listed habitats and species with eco-tourism elements.
From 5th to 8th May 2004 a waste collections activities were held in Brusturet Gorges and Zarnestiului Gorges sites with the participation of the children from Zarnesti, Magura and Pestera schools and 12 students from Ecology Faculty of Arad. About 2 tons garbage was collected. From 2th to 25th July 2004 another waste collecting activity was held in the Piatra Craiului ridge site with the support of the Campulung Mountain Rescue Team and the NGO Romania Pitoreasca. At both waste collection activities were presented aspects regarding the NATURA 2000 sites.
On 19th of March 2005 a contest named “Serbarile Craiului” (Craiului Celebrations) was organized, with the children’s participation from 7 schools and 3 high schools (50 childrens and 10 teachers). Then the Park staff presented the draft of the new educational manual, which had been updated with information about LIFE project (habitats, species).
Related with the European Day of the Parks, the Piatra Craiului National Park Administration organised a contest “Prietenii Pietrei Craiului” (The Friends of Piatra Craiului) with the participation of six mountain tourist clubs. The contest was held in Piatra Craiului Ridge site, with was composed of three tests: trekking, tourism orientation and knowledge about Piatra Craiului and conservations activities. The participants had the opportunity to find out information about the LIFE project and NATURA 2000.
From the 20th of June to the 10th of July 2005, we organized a camp for juvenile delinquents and other children with problems in collaboration with the Delinquent Child Protection Service, in Bucharest-presentation about Natura 2000 and LFE project were also realised.
On the 27th of July 2005 a waste collection camp in the Zarnesti Gorges was organized, together with a group of volunteers from Peace Corps. 
From the 2nd to 5th of August 2005 a camp involving the CPNT Club (mountaineering club) members, at the Curmatura Chalet was organized
On 11th to 12th August 2005 a waste collection camp in the Zarnesti Gorges was set up. We also organized “Together for Nature Contest”, during the same period of time.
On 25th of August 2005 waste collection action in the Zarnesti Gorges and Barsa Valley sites took place.
On 17th September 2005 a waste collection activity in the Dambovicioara Gorges and near Garofita Pietrei Craiului Chalet and Marele Grohotis scree slope was conducted.
On 4th of March 2006 “Serbarile Craiului Contest” was organized, where aspects regarding the LIFE project and Natura 2000 were presented. 
From 15th to 18th April 2006 waste collection camps in Dâmbovicioarei Gorges and Zarnestiului Gorges were organized.
On 11th of May 2006 a waste collection activity was held in Zarnestiului Gorges site. 
On 20th to 22th of May a waste collection activity was held in Zarnestiului Gorges site and Piatra Craiului Ridge and Barsa Valley site.
In August 2006 “Prietenii Craiului Contest” was held, where mountain tourist clubs participated. Presentation of the LIFE project took place.
In 2007 there were organised two waste collection camp one in May in Zarnesti Gorges and Barsa Valley and a second in June in Dambovicioara Gorges.

 

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Improving the garbage collection facilities

A number of 20 containers (1.1. m3) were installed in Dâmbovicioara commune with the highest density in the Brusturetului Gorges site. The local authorities will assure the maintenance and service of the containers (based on a written agreement). All the containers are labelled, indicating the financer and the beneficiary of the project. This will contribute to the improvement of the garbage collection activity in the area, as it is frequented by a large number of tourists especially in the Dambovicioara Cave area (annually around 20.000 visitors are coming).