The protection and the conservation of nature in the broadest sense is a main focus of the work of our foundation. As the centuries-old cultural landscape and the original, wild nature are two essential attractions for the region's tourism, they have a very important significance as one of the few sources of income for the inhabitants.
With the introduction of new, so far unknown models of production and consumption options, new challenges for environmental protection have occured. Due to the poverty and simplicity of life and working methods of the people here, nature has kept its balance and has remained pristine. Our foundation aims to counteract through its projects the risks of losing this balance.
Eco-lessons at the school in Botiza
For several years, our foundation supports the school in Botiza offering, in addition to the recommended class schedule, an Ecology Class for all grades. The classes are taught by a qualified institute from Cluj-Napoca and approach themes which change every month, such as the protection of plants and animals, waste prevention and basics of ecological contexts.
Cleaning the creeks
Each year, in spring, together with the communal administration we clean the brooks in the two valleys of the village. The waste accumulated during the winter is collected and disposed and the exessive vegetation on the banks is cut. The brooks thus retain their natural charm and contribute to the beauty of the area.
Program for brook trout
Our foundation has launched in 2013, together with the local forest administration a program to protect and increase the stock of trout populations in the brooks around Botiza. For this purpose troutlets, locally bred, have been planted into the headwaters of the brooks. In the meantime they have evolved magnificently and they are considerably increasing the already existing population; much to the delight of the brown bear, the otter, but also of the anglers.
In 2014 our Foundation together with the graduating class of the school in Botiza has planted trees on the brook banks in the center of Botiza. They contribute to the enrichment of the townscape and provide shade for both people and animals. Unfortunately, a very dry summer has damaged some of the young trees and we will have to repeat this campaign. The children are very excited about this.