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Regional Knowledge Fair on Sustainable Financing of Carpathian Protected Areas

15.11.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Romanian National Forest Administration Romsilva organized in Sinaia, between 13 and 15 November 2013, the Regional Workshop on Sustainable Financing of Carpathian Protected Areas. The regional workshop was held under the project “Improving the Financial Sustainability of the Carpathian System of Protected Areas”, financed by GEF and implemented by UNDP and the Romanian National Forest Administration Romsilva, in partnership with WWF.

The event was attended by more than 50 representatives of protected areas sector in Carpathian countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine), national experts and international consultants. The workshop was opened by Mrs. Anne Juganaru, State Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Mr. Florian Popa, Deputy General Director of Romsilva, and Mrs. Monica Moldovan, Head of Programme Unit of UNDP Romania. The event has benefited from the input of UNDP national and international experts.

The discussions revolved around Payment for Ecosystem Services mechanisms and case studies which aimed at providing evidence of how a sustainable management of the Carpathian protected areas supports productivity in key economic sectors such as tourism, forestry and agriculture.

The meeting has presented and tested the regional eLearning platform on sustainable financing of protected areas, developed within the UNDP-GEF Project, which will serve the entire Carpathian Network of Protected Areas. The feedback provided by the participants, after testing the four training modules, will be encompassed in the online platform, in order to support building the sustainable financial future for the protected areas at the regional level.

The three-day regional workshop was designed to create a forum for debate on potential solutions for improving the financial sustainability of the Carpathian protected areas, by presenting business plans, business opportunities and financial mechanisms. Additionally, the workshop aimed at establishing a Carpathian learning community for sharing experiences and knowledge among the protected areas custodians in the region.

 

Specialists from Bucharest attended an experience exchange on social economy in the Argeș county

11.11.2013

Between November 7 and 8, social inclusion/social economy specialists from Bucharest attended an experience exchange organized in Costești and Curtea de Argeș (Argeș county) by UNDP Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project.

Facilitating the experience exchange between social economy entities and citizens interested in this field, partnership building, promoting social economy and presenting succes stories of social enterprises were among the objectives of the event which was attended by nine specialists, many of them being directly interested in launching a social enterprise and to develop at a local level social economy initiatives for the integration/reintegration of disadvantaged groups.

The specialists had the opportunity to visit Asociația Hercules, a social inclusion NGO dealing with school drop-out, child abandonement, teenage deliquency, domestic violence, social exclusion of disadvantaged groups and elder people and HAND-ROM which is a NGO that deals with the social integration of people with disabilities. Hand-Rom’s  mission is to initiate projects and programmes through which a disabeled person can influence his/her future and build his/her own life. The NGO has its own representative on behalf of the civil society in the Economic and Social Council of Romania, the health and disability sector. 

 

“Put a Value on Nature!” Communication Campaign has been launched

06.11.2013

United Nations Development Programme, in partnership with National Forest Administration Romsilva launched “Put a Value on nature!” communication campaign, within the UNDP-GEF “Improving the financial sustainability of the Carpathian system of protected areas”.

The launching event included a presentation of the project’s scope, a press conference and a brief training for journalists on Payment for Ecosystem Services concept and methodology used by the project. The press conference was followed by an outdoor symbolic tagging of the trees, in order to show their potential value in terms of ecosystem services.

The communication campaign is supporting the project’s policy oriented advocacy activities and it is targeting mainly politicians and business sector representatives. The campaign shows the economics behind the conservation works and promotes the economic arguments for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on alternative income sources for protected areas financing. Based on the conclusions and recommendations of the study ‘An Assessment of the Contribution of Ecosystems in Protected Areas to Sector Growth and Human Well Being in Romania’ developed by the project’s experts, the project promotes legislative changes for addressing underfinancing in the Carpathian protected areas.

 

Specialists from Craiova attended an experience exchange on social economy

30.10.2013

Between October 24 and 25, social inclusion/social economy specialists from Craiova attended an experience exchange organized in Bucharest by UNDP Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project.

Facilitating the experience exchange between social economy entities and citizens interested in this field, partnership building, promoting social economy and presenting succes stories of social enterprises were among the objectives of the event which was attended by ten specialists, many of them being directly interested in launching a social enterprise and to develop at a local level social economy initiatives for the integration/reintegration of disadvantaged groups.

The specialists had the opportunity to visit Somaro, a social supermarket and Atelierul de Pânză established by Asociația ViitorPlus. Somaro is a non-profit that promotes the concept of social supermakets and supports the launch of quality product stores around Romania. Atelierul de Pânză is a social enterprise who carries on its economic activity in order to support the environmental and social mission of offering an ecological alternative to plastic bags and of providing jobs for people with disabilities. 

 

Specialists from Bacău attended an experience exchange on social economy

18.10.2013

Between October 17 and 18, social inclusion/social economy specialists from Bacău attended an experience exchange organized in Bucharest by UNDP Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project.

Facilitating the experience exchange between social economy entities and citizens interested in this field, partnership building, promoting social economy and presenting succes stories of social enterprises were among the objectives of the event which was attended by ten specialists, many of them being directly interested in launching a social enterprise and to develop at a local level social economy initiatives for the integration/reintegration of disadvantaged groups.

The specialists had the opportunity to visit Somaro, a social supermarket and Sf. Lazar Social Inclusion Center established by Concordia. Somaro is a non-profit that promotes the concept of social supermakets and supports the launch of quality product stores around Romania. Concordia is a humanitarian organization which aims to reintegrate children and young people which come from disorganized families and/or from the street.

 

Specialists from Sfantu Gheorghe attended an experience exchange on social economy

10.10.2013

Between October 3-4, social inclusion/social economy specialists from Sfantu Gheorghe (Covasna county) attended an experience exchange organized in Bucharest by UNDP Romania within the Social Economy Model for Romania project.

Facilitating the experience exchange between social economy entities and citizens interested in this field, partnership building, promoting social economy and presenting succes stories of social enterprises were among the objectives of the event which was attended by 16 specialists, many of them being directly interested to launch a social enterprise and to develop at a local level social economy initiatives for the integration/reintegration of disadvantaged groups.

The specialists had the opportunity to visit Somaro, a social supermarket, and the Sf. Lazar Social Inclusion Center established by Concordia. Somaro is a non-profit that promotes the concept of social supermakets and supports the launch of quality product stores around Romania. Concordia is a humanitarian organization which aims to reintegrate children and young people which come from disorganized families and/or from the street.

 

Detainees are encouraged to work after their release from prison

02.10.2013


It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones. Nelson Mandela

Starting from the current lack of integrated public policies in relation to the re-integration of convicts and being convinced that society must play a more proactive role in crime prevention approaches, UNDP hosted the 6th regional seminar dedicated to promoting positive initiatives tailored for individuals who have been imprisoned, that have led to significant impact on them. Held in Iasi, on September 26th, the seminar gathered more than 100 participants directly involved in support activities for this vulnerable group, state representatives, convicts and former convicts, each of them providing true life stories and alternatives to the current situation.

The United Nations Development Programme together with the National Administration of Penitentiaries organize this kind of interactive seminars as part of an  extensive awareness campaign implemented inside the project “The return of former detainees to the labor market and their integration into society".

Beside different views and experiences presented during this gathering, it became clear that more and more open debates on the subject of social reintegration of former convicts will build a broader public reaction towards support activities that shall lead in the end to less imprisonment and a lower reoffending rate.

 

Social economy incubator in Craiova

01.10.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania in partnership with the City of Craiova (Dolj county) announces the establishment of a social economy incubator in Craiova, in the South-West Oltenia Development region.

The establishment of the Social Economy Incubator in Craiova, the South-West Oltenia Development region, is the direct result of the partnership between UNDP Romania and the City of Craiova, partnership which aims at ensuring the sustainability of the efforts to promote the practices, benefits and the potential of social economy as a way of facilitating the integration and reintegration of disadvantages groups on the labor market, said Alina Bocai, Project Coordinator at UNDP Romania.

The social economy incubator offers technical assistance to physical and juridical persons who want to establish a social enterprise, but also to already existing social economy entities in the South-West Oltenia Development region. The offered assistance entails the creation and development of a business plan, the identification of financing sources, fundraising counseling, the promotion of certain social inclusion activities for vulnerable groups in order to facilitate their access on the labor market, said Daniel Ilie, the manager of the Social Economy Incubator in Craiova.

The Social Economy Incubator in Craiova is located within the Transnational, Technological and Business Incubator located at 154A, București Avenue and can be contacted at the following coordinates: Daniel Ilie, the manager of Social Economy Incubator in Craiova, daniel.ilie@undp.org, 0757 049 110.

 

Social economy incubator in Bacău

26.09.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania in partnership with the Alternative Sociale Association and the City of Bacău and S.C. Centrul de Afaceri și Expozițional Bacău S.A  announces the establishment of a social economy incubator in Bacău, the North-East Development Region.

The establishment of the Social Economy Incubator is an initiative within the Social Economy Model for Romania project implemented by the Alternative Sociale Association as a beneficiary and UNDP Romania, the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iași and the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. On one hand the project is addressed to vulnerable groups by trying to mobilize them to overcome the social assisted condition, and on the other hand it is addressed to specialists and the academic environment through training and specialization activities, said Cătălin Luca, the manager of the project.

The general objective of the Social Economy Incubator in Bacău is the development of the social economy sector by creating and supporting social enterprises that integrate and reintegrate disadvantaged groups on the labor market. So far we managed to attract enterprises, associations and foundations that employ disadvantaged people or organizations that are working in the social area, thus benefiting from technical assistance in case they want to establish a social business. We are convinced that the incubator will bring important gains that will generate added value to the local community, one of the most important factors being the creation and support of social enterprises that are adapted to the local economic context, said Dana Năstasă, the manager of the Social Economy Incubator in Bacău.

The Social Economy Incubator in Bacău is located within the „Mircea Cancicov” Business and Exhibit Center, 145, Dr. Alexandru Șafran Street and can be contacted at the following coordinates: Dana Năstasă, the manager of Social Economy Incubator in Bacău, dana.nastasa@undp.org, 0757 049 115.

The establishment of the Social Economy Incubator was announced at a press conference in Bacău. A local TV station broadcasted the news - www.1tvbacau.ro/2013/09/26/incubator-de-economie-sociala-in-bacau/

 

Social economy incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe

26.09.2013

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania in partnership with the City of Sfântu Gheorghe (Covasna county) announces the establishment of a social economy incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Center Development Region.

The establishment of the Social Economy Incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Center Development Region, is the direct result of the partnership between UNDP Romania and the City of Sfântu Gheorghe, partnership which aims at ensuring the sustainability of the efforts to promote the practices, benefits and the potential of social economy as a way of facilitating the integration and reintegration of disadvantages groups on the labor market, said Alina Bocai, Project Coordinator at UNDP Romania

The role of the Social Economy Incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe is to support those people who want to establish social economy enterprises and to offer technical assistance for the social economy entities in the Center Development Region. We want to support those initiatives and business ideas that offer long term solutions to critical social issues. We are talking about organizations that will function like a commercial agent that produces goods and services on the market, but who redirects its profit to fulfill social purposes. Basically we are referring to businesses that use their money to integrate disadvantaged groups into society, said Boglarka Vajda, the manager of the Social Economy Incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe.

The Social Economy Incubator in Sfântu Gheorghe is located within the Business Incubator at 4, Press street, and can be contacted at the following coordinates: Boglarka Vajda, Manager of Social Economy Incubator, vajda.boglarka@undp.org, 0757 049 113.

 

 
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