Greening the Agro-Tourism Business in Romania

 

The waste waters management system in Romania, especially in rural areas is characterized by insufficient protection of the water resources, a very low percentage of population being connected to sewage. Manure management is not controlled and deposits are scattered out and about in rural areas. The lack of manure storage systems leads to a widespread contamination of groundwater.

 

After Poland, Romania has the biggest need for investment in terms of water supply and waste water treatment. Waste management represents one of the country’s most serious environmental problems. There are no organized services in most of the rural areas; waste is spread along waters, roads, on fields and in forests. Legislation in Romania, although aligned to European legislation, imposes positive changes however efforts are needed to meet compliance with the European standards.

 

Financed through Norway Grants, Heifer Romania together with Bioforsk - the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research and OVR Agro-Tur-Art Foundation as a local partner, is launching the “Greening the Agro-Tourism Business in Romania” project.

Through this project two waste water management systems will be built as practical models. The systems will use biological treatment, through reed bed filters for rural tourism facilities and neighboring households.

 

Greening subsistence farming households waste management systems by building 50 practical models for organic compost and 10 manure management systems is also one component of this project. 

 

                                     

 

Story by Andreea Gherba

Communication and PR Coordinator

Heifer Romania