ACTION LAB: MARA RIVER, ROMANIA

WaterProtect workshop clarifies need of an integrated approach

Mara Action Lab welcomed participants (stakeholders from Maramures and colleagues from WaterProtect action labs) in an interactive workshop for development of a local action plan for the prevention of water pollution.

The event of 2nd October 2019 was organized in Ocna Sugatag, Maramures (part of the Mara-Cosau-Creasta Cocosului ecotourism destination) and included presentations on the results of water quality monitoring in the study area in Maramures County (Breboaia Valley) as well as good practice examples for prevention of water pollution from Ireland and Poland.

The event facilitated fruitful discussions on the status quo of water resources at local/global level as well as the challenges of safeguarding water resources. Here, there is an equilibrium of the ecosystem, including water resources, but there are many vulnerabilities and they have to be acted upon in an integrated, multidisciplinary manner, so that natural and cultural patrimony may be safeguarded and local communities may thrive and prosper.

Collaborative planning and integrated action

The workshop resulted in a list of priorities and recommendations for the prevention of water pollution in the RO action lab; all these priorities, expressed by decision makers at local/county level, entrepreneurs and farmers, participants in the meeting, have a common thread: collaborative planning of resources and constant integrated action of all stakeholders is the only approach that may safeguard environmental services for the benefit of the local communities.

The participants from the WaterProtect project consortium also joined a field trip in the Mara water catchment, located near the volcanic Gutâi Peak and Rooster’s Crest Reserve. There, the water springing from the mountain is gravitationally carried to a storage tank where, after the chlorination of the water, it is distributed to the consumers in Breb village.