29 March 2017


The final outcome of the Mapping and Assessing Ecosystem Services in Natura 2000 sites of the Niraj-Târnava Mică project is a comprehensive assessment of the region’s ecosystem services conducted with the aim of being able to better preserve the gifts of nature.

This research was performed with the inclusion of the locals –  from the planning of the very first steps to the final conclusions. An important result of this research involves possible future scenarios of the Niraj-Târnava Mică region, described in the study What is the way forward? – Scenarios for the Niraj-Târnava Mică region with relation to ecosystem services.

The assessment of the key services concluded that the total economic value that protected Natura 2000 sites provide in the form of six selected ecosystem services in the Tarnava-Mica region in Romania is 13 million EUR. The policy recommendations based on the scenarios developed for 2040 and the quantitative assessment provide a guiding framework for decision-makers but ultimately the implementation of these recommendations will depend on adequate political will.

The project’s results were presented to local citizens and to the participants of the Advisory Board and workshops on 27-28 March and to the local, national and regional decision-makers and experts on 29 March in Târgu Mureș.

CEEweb presented the policy recommendations and informed the locals and decision makers in what ways and on what platforms CEEweb can represent and communicate the project and its results. The project was implemented with Milvus Group and the Centre for Ecological Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA ÖK) and it received a grant in the amount of 402,340.41 € by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA) 2009 – 2014.