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Over the past centuries, wet areas have faced major threats and surface reductions due to urbanization, pollution and hydrotechnical arrangements. Concrete dams took the place of riparian forests and marshes especially in the urban, peri-urban and even rural areas as a flood control method. Even though in the past two or more decades in the Western...
Ethnobotany and ethnozoology have a considerable history as scientific disciplines in Romania. The first systematic studies date back to the mid–19th century, when folklorists and biologists started gathering vernacular plant and animal names from different ethnographic and main historical regions of Romania. Ethnobotanical research regarding the c...
Livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) in the Romanian Carpathians are as old as the pastoral presence and activity in the region. The main role of these dogs is to protect livestock from predation by large carnivores. The Carpathian Mountains, as opposed to other European mountain ranges, have always had considerable populations of wolf, brown bear, and l...
Traditional low-intensity farming died out in almost all European countries but is well maintained in the Romanian Carpathians. The main aim of our interdisciplinary study was to document traditional farming systems and local ecological knowledge in the colline and sub-montane zone of the Apuseni Mts and to relate this information to recent grassla...
Recent crisis in biodiversity conservation of high nature value grasslands and failures of the Common Agriculture Policy of the EU ask for new effective solutions. Semi-natural grasslands evolved through a long-lasting low-intensity human land use, thus their biodiversity can be most effectively preserved by simulation of traditional agricultural practices. In the project we focus on a detail analysis of grassland phytodiversity in close relation with its historical development and traditional land use. Carpathian grasslands situated in the Central and Eastern Europe with well maintained traditional rural culture belong to the key study areas. Obtaining of high-value biological, ecological and ethnological data on the selected sites should guarantee the proper interpretation of the gathered traditional ecological knowledge. This can become a valuable scientific material for future adjustment of socio-political mechanisms in the realm of grassland conservation and restoration and sustainable land use.