Intensive Study Programme Bison Hillock

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Key dates of the Bison Hillock Intensive Study Programme

  • Time frame: Sunday, May 5 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Travel days:Saturday, May 4 and Monday, May 14
  • Host: The Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE) and World Wildlife Found Romania
  • Focus Challenge: Nature based tourism and rural entrepreneurship
  • Focus topic: Wilderness powers values-based communities
  • Workshop Location: Carpathian Mountains, Armenis Commune, Romania
  • Participants: students and staff members from the Community Learning for Local Change ERASMUS partnership, villagers from the Armenis Community

Vision of the Bison Hillock

WWF Romania and Rewilding Europe together with local, national and international partners are working to create a sustainable development model in the Southern Carpathians by valuing the largest wilderness stronghold in Europe.

We envision that local communities’ wellbeing can be sustained through nature-friendly enterprises connected to the largest national bison reintroduction plan in Eruope. WWF is leading a bison reintroduction program in the Tarcu Mountains, an environment where the European bison disappeared from, over 200 years ago.

The bison is an umbrella species that has great significance for maintaining ecological processes specific to wilderness areas. A national bison reintroduction programme creates a unique opportunity for wildlife comeback, local community development, eco-tourism, research and education. (Source: WWF Romania)

Our intensive study programme will connect international students, WWF experts and villagers to envision innovative eco-tourism and rural business opportunities in this unique environment.

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Focus Topics and Activities

  • Context – Largest European wilderness stronghold in the Carpathian Mountains
  • Environment – nature tourism, sustainable landscape management, innovative local products and services
  • Community – the local community of the Armenis village and vicinity, local stakeholders
  • Goals – Aligning nature and local development interests at landscape level, healthy ecosystems powered by socio-economic wellbeing
  • Relevance – addressing challenges the villagers face through co-design with the local community

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Image credits: WWF Romania