STIPA - Tarnava Mare SCI: Saving Transylvania's Important Pastoral Ecosystems

LIFE09 NAT/RO/000618

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Nathaniel PAGE
Fax: +44 1747 830 835
Email: nat@fundatia-adept.org

Project description:


The Sighisoara-Tarnava Mare Natura 2000 site (SCI) covers 85 374 ha of one of the largest lowland areas of High-Nature-Value farmland in the European Union.

Following the collapse of the traditional rural economy, grazing was greatly reduced on an estimated 1 000 ha of these habitats, with the less accessible grassland abandoned altogether. This has resulted in the spread of scrubland into these previously grassland areas.


The STIPA project aims to improve the conservation status of two priority dry grassland habitats in the Sighisoara -Tarnava Mare SCI: semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) with important orchid sites, and sub-Pannonic steppic grasslands. Both of these habitats are included in Annex I of the Habitats Directive.

The project aims to establish conservation action plans for the two habitats, by a priority zonation in the area and the creation of 5 micro-reserves in certain hotspots that include simple and practical management agreements with land owners. It is also foreseen to include payments for certain private owners where necessary.

The project will support local communities to continue or revert to traditional grassland management.

To encourage long-term habitat conservation, the project will contribute to the development of an integrated management plan for the broader combined SPA/SCI and to the design of national and regional agri-environment schemes for 2013-2019.

Expected results:

  • Field assessments of the conservation status of 10 000 ha of priority grassland habitats; With this information - and in consultation with farmers and other stakeholders - they will develop conservation action plans for the targeted habitats.
  • Conservation action plans for the priority dry grassland habitats;
  • 7 500 ha of grassland habitats broght under conservation management by traditional farming practices;
  • Up to 1 000 ha of grassland habitats restored by grazing and mowing;
  • Restoration of 395 ha of dry grassland habitats by eliminating overgrowing trees and shrubs;

  • Results


Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Grasslands


agricultural method‚  grassland ecosystem‚  protected area

Target Habitat types

  • 6210 - Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites)
  • 6240 - Sub-Pannonic steppic grasslands

Natura 2000 sites

SCI ROSCI0227 Sighişoara - Târnava Mare



Coordinator Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description The ADEPT Foundation is a non-profit organisation working to conserve the biodiversity of the manmade landscapes of Transylvania.
Partners None


Project reference LIFE09 NAT/RO/000618
Duration 01-OCT-2010 to 30-SEP -2013
Total budget 356,330.00 €
EU contribution 259,515.00 €
Project location Associated Romania(Romania)


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