Public information sessions

In the framework of the project 8 public meetings have been organized in the study area. The project team has met the local stakeholders in Crasna and Nuşfalău (25 May 2016), Ip and Boghiş (26 May 2016), Marca and Valcău de Jos (28 June 2016) and Halmăşd and Plopiş (29 June 2016). The presentations were followed by discussions between the project team and locals. Both parties agreed that the region holds exceptional natural and cultural heritage, but without being valued at an appropriate level. Similar projects have the potential to raise the awareness and to raise the visibility of this heritage.


Integrated management plan (ro)

Proposals for new nature protection areas (ro)

Biodiversity survey – Description of the study area and survey of already published data (ro)

Biodiversity survey – intermediary report (ro)

Biodiversity survey – final report (ro)

Art history study (III): summarizing study on the architectural values of the region within the project Culture and Nature in Transylvania: past and future

Archaeological study (III) on the archaeological values of the region within the project Culture and Nature in Transylvania: past and future

Share Culture and Nature in Transylvania: past and future

Cultural anthropological and ethnological study on the region’s intangible values (ro)

Culture and Nature Scientific Workshop

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The Hungarian University Federation of Cluj (FUMC – KMEI) signed the contract with the Romanian Ministry of Culture for the implementation of the project Culture and Nature in Transylvania: Past and Future (project registration number SGS 84) within the frame of PA16/RO12 „Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural heritage” programme financed by the SEE 2009-2014 Financial Mechanism on 30.03.2015 . The project has a duration of 14 months, and it will be implemented in partnership with University Museum of Bergen (Universitetsmuseet i Bergen, Norway) and the Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA).

The project aims to promote the cultural and natural heritage of a multiethnic region that harbors many cultural and biodiversity hotspots in the SW part of Sălaj County, North-West Romania, on the territory of Boghiș, Crasna, Halmășd, Ip, Marca, Nușfalău, Plopiș, and Valcău de Jos communes, that consist of 36 localities altogether. The region is one of the most interesting areas of Romania from many points of view: it is multiethnic and religiously mixed, while almost each village contains a heritage building or a building of cultural significance, and high biodiversity characterizes the area due to still existing traditional landscape management techniques. This is a unique social-ecological system, which no longer persists in most part of Europe due to technological advancements in the past decades that caused considerable damage in the ecological systems. Through the current project we want to offer the region’s population a nature-friendly development possibility by promoting its values. We also target the regionʼs non-governmental organizations, churches, communal councils, and local businessmen.

The objectives of our project are:
(1) identifying the cultural and natural heritage of the region;
(2) building a database containing all the heritage of the investigated area;
(3) investigating the human-nature interactions, e.g. traditional landscape management techniques, that still persist in the region, and led to the survival of high biodiversity in the region;
(4) identifying the specificity of each village – identification of the local brands;
(5) promoting the values of the region both on local, national and international level, e.g. establishing touristic routes, editing catalogues – identification of the regional brand;
(6) promoting and strengthening intercultural communication through highlighting the positive aspects of cultural interactions among ethnic communities of the region;
(7) and raising public awareness regarding the values of this region.
Finally, as an added value, through this project, we wish to establish a unique transdisciplinary and transnational research group that studies the local cultural heritage and landscape management techniques in a common framework using the complex methodologies of ecology, art history, archeology, cultural and visual anthropology.

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