Lower Prut Floodplain Natural Park
The project's objective was to improve the conservation status of aquatic bird species in Lower Prut Floodplain Natural Park, Galati County, Romania, through a series of strategic interventions involving scientific inventory, monitoring activities, sites restoration, raising awareness activities, implementation of the park management plan and designating four Special Protected Area - Romanian Natura 2000 sites. Partners were the University of Bucharest, Romanian ornithological society and Romsilva-Galati Forestry.
Bogdan Barbu, RECImola Koszta
NWRM(s) implemented in the case study
warm temperate dry
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Case Study Info
Light or indepth?
The aquatic vegetation; palustrian vegetation;
Monitoring impacts effects
Monitoring of birds populations status: 1. Establishing a birds species monitoring programme; 2. Establishing the facilities for the birds watching monitoring; Assessing the bioaccumulation of organochlorine pesticides in birds.
Design & implementations
Area subject to Land use change or Management/Practice change (ha)
Wetlands belong to the category of ecologically fragile areas, their dynamic being influenced mainly by the qualitative and quantitative characteristic of the water in the hydrographical basin in which they extend. For this reason, the conservation measures promoted in these spaces must be doubled by a strict control of the anthropic activities / arrangements using water for different purposes or as a medium of discharging some wastes.
Design contractual arrangement
Design consultation activity
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These include information dissemination, consultation of every village in the area, and active participation and education with local educational material to be produced. The project takes into account that there is a relatively high illiteracy in the area and will address stakeholders in wide variety of ways, including picture books, nature trails, six annual environment days with expeditions into the area, children's exhibitions, and bird watching towers
Awareness raising activities
Design land use change
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Lessons, risks, implications...
Restoration of the area for the redevelopment and broadening of natural habitats for fish, birds and further species that may contribute to the expansion of the Natura 2000 network.
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Attitude of decision makers
The European Commission - LIFE Nature
The Ministry of Environment and the Sustainable Development
Galati County Council
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Policy, general governance and design targets
To deal with the degradation of hydrological structures, the project also aims to re-establish the ecological balance of the lakes, including improvement of the water level and its maintenance. The rehabilitation works are aimed at the maintaining of the water level of the Mata Lake for the protection of the existing habitats, an area making integral part of special conservation area in the Lower Prut Floodplain Natural Park, both during drought periods and the flooding ones.
The rehabilitation works will consist in the restoration of the separation and subdivision in Mata Area. In October 2009 rehabilitation works were carried out on the dykes on Mata Lake, Galati County.The works consisted of filling with soil and gravel and compacting the gaps that appeared in the dykes. The two dykes, making the object of the investment are: dike 1 (1800 m), separating Mata Lake (Galati county) from Carja Lake (Vaslui County) and dike 2 (3600 m), separating Mata Lake into two basins.
Part of wider plan
Increase Water Storage
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Policy wider plan
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Environment & Biodiversity
Lower Danube Green Corridor programme
Policy requirement directive
Direct benefits information
Better conditions for the birds population; increasing the number for aquatic bird species (especially those listed in Annex I of Birds Directive, Bern Convention and in ORNIS lists); improve the trophic state and saprobity of the target aquatic systems; allowing the water oxygenation of the lakes through the input of the fresh water from the Prut River; including the monitoring birds protocols in the adaptive Management Plan of Lower Prut Floodplain Natural Park;
Ancillary benefits information
Supply the potential of fisheries resources; using the potential of providing services for tourism and recreation;
Ecosystem improved biodiversity
Information on Ecosystem improved biodiversity
Restoration of aquatic birds sites in the natural protected area located in Lower Prut Floodplain Natural Park - Mata Lake