Andreea Niţă

Andreea Niţă
University of Bucharest | Unibuc · Center for Environmental Research and Impact Studies (CCMESI)

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October 2011 - December 2014
University of Bucharest
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Publications (58)
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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) emerged as a regulatory procedure and is now implemented worldwide. EIA aims to increase the sustainability of economic activities by decreasing the impact on environmental components. Transparency of the evaluation process is a key feature of the procedure, and this is achieved predominantly by encouraging par...
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The characteristics of the planning and governance systems influence how participatory practices, such as focus groups and online consultations, are employed. This study reviews the academic literature on participatory practices in strategic spatial planning (SSP). We use network analysis to group the participatory practices in meta categories and...
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Iron Gates Natural Park. Monograph An invitation to Iron Gates Natural Park: Maria Pătroescu, Laurențiu Rozylowicz, Marian C. Jiplea Iron Gates Natural Park. Administrative and legal aspects: Mihai R. Niță, Marian C. Jiplea, Diana A. Onose, Maria Pătroescu The Geography of Iron Gates Natural Park: Steluța Manolache, Iulian M. Niculae, Simona R. Gr...
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Designing natural protected areas is an effective approach for pausing biodiversity decline and habitat losses. Along its course, the Danube River has crafted unvaluable natural sanctuaries, most of them being targeted by nature conservation measures. At the same time, the Danube River has always created development opportunities for human settleme...
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The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has experienced substantial difficulties in effectively achieving its purpose owing to the interplay of political, social, and economic interests, as well as institutional and policy contexts in developing countries such as Romania. This study presents a systematic evaluation of the quality of environmental...
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Context The European Lndscape Convention (ELC) of the Council of Europe represents the first international treaty that envisages all aspects when planning European landscapes. Through the ELC, public authorities have been encouraged to adopt policies and measures at local, national and international levels to protect, manage and properly plan lands...
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Core characteristics of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures along with the quality of implementation vary from country to country and sometimes from project to project. However, several issues obstructing EIA's proper implementation are common, such as: national or regional EIA specific regulations, low quality of assessment reports, i...
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Parcul Natural Porţile de Fier: monografie; Invitație în Parcul Natural Porțile de Fier Maria Pătroescu, Laurențiu Rozylowicz, Marian C. Jiplea; Parcul Natural Porțile de Fier. Repere administrative și legislative Mihai R. Niță, Marian C. Jiplea, Diana A. Onose, Maria Pătroescu; Potențialul ecologic al Parcului Natural Porțile de Fier Stelu...
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European Directive 85/337/EC introduced Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as a process governed by administrative rules with the aim of reducing environmental degradation and associated health problems generated by projects. Generally, the EIA process involves analyses and evaluations of the potential impacts that human activities may have on t...
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Urban areas represent the central point of sustainability initiatives which drive significant changes in cities’ planning, design and management. Given that urban areas are subject to continuous change, efficient and integrated planning and policy strategies are needed to address their complex challenges. This is why the Strategic Environmental Ass...
Conference Paper
European Directive 85/337/EC introduced Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as a process governed by administrative rules with the aim of reducing environmental degradation and associated health problems generated by projects. Generally, the EIA process involves analyses and evaluations of the potential impacts that human activities may have on t...
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Context. The European Landscape Convention (ELC) of the Council of Europe represents the first international treaty that envisage all aspects when planning European landscapes. Through this convention, public authorities have been encouraged to adopt policies and measures at local, national and international level in order to protect, manage and pr...
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Romanian Carpathians are considered a biodiversity hotspot in Europe, with large forested areas, including old-growth forests. Past forestry practices, such as selective logging resulting in forest high grading and removal of ancient or decaying trees, reduced the heterogeneity of forest structure and composition. These practices led to forest habi...
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Human-wildlife interactions (HWI) are present in areas where wild animals and humans compete for limited space, sometimes resulting in potentially harmful conflicts on both sides. The upper Prahova Valley within the central Carpathian range of Romania represents an area where interactions between humans and wildlife can still be found, but potentia...
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Global changes impact the human-environment relationship, and, in particular, they affect the provision of ecosystem services. Mountain ecosystems provide a wide range of such services, but they are highly sensitive and vulnerable to change due to various human pressures and natural processes. We conducted a literature survey that focused on two ma...
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Scattered woody vegetation generates multiple socioeconomic and environmental benefits to the rural communities. Disregarding values associated with woody vegetation on pastures can decouple individuals from traditional management practices, resulting in the loss of biodiversity-rich farming landscapes. Here we employ semi-structured interviews and...
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Romanian grasslands have high nature value, being between the best biodiversity hotspots at the global level. Current agri-environment measures of the European Union Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) contradicts the Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 objective by hindering coordinated grassland governance and collaboration among the involved actors. At t...
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Urban regeneration seeks to improve the quality of the urban environment, to develop new urban land use, to stimulate social cohesion and economic activity, as well as the protection of urban land and ecosystems. They follow to provide environmental, social and economic benefits, which complies with Nature-based Solutions (NbSs). The aim of the pap...
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Large urban settlements are being organized in metropolitan areas, with a polarizing city influencing and shaping the landscape of the hinterland. Transport infrastructure networks are the main vectors for the permanent flux of resources, and these exchanges should be maintained undisturbed. A poor transportation network impedes the continuity of t...
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Innovation, knowledge exchange and collaboration are fundamental in environmental studies. Impact assessments represent a key tool in identifying and predicting the environmental consequences of a project. The journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review started promoting research discussing different issues or methods in the field of impact asse...
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European farmlands are vital arenas for socio-ecological sustainability because of their significant land coverage and potential for integrating food production with biodiversity conservation. The knowledge produced by scientific research is a critical ingredient in developing and implementing socio-economically and ecologically sustainable managem...
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In a world in a constant need for development, preserving biodiversity is a daunting task for both governments and NGOs. The centerpiece of successful biodiversity conservation is ensuring cooperation among countless actors involved in the management of protected areas. Social network analysis is a suitable tool for securing essential information f...
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During the last two decades, a mounting body of research has emerged on the value, use and overall importance of urban green infrastructure. From the contribution to human well-being and sustainable development, urban green infrastructure is positioned as a relevant concept within ecosystem services and nature-based solutions. Our research objecti...
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Background Advances in wildlife tracking technology have allowed researchers to understand the spatial ecology of many terrestrial and aquatic animal species. Argos Doppler is a technology that is widely used for wildlife tracking owing to the small size and low weight of the Argos transmitters. This allows them to be fitted to small-bodied species...
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Farming landscapes of Europe are vital arenas for social-ecological sustainability because of their significant coverage and potential to integrate food production with biodiversity conservation. Knowledge gathered by scientific research is a critical ingredient for developing and implementing socio-economically and ecologically sustainable grassla...
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Based on species occurrence records of museum collections, published literature, and unpublished records shared by mammalian experts, we compiled a distribution database for 59 terrestrial mammals populating the extensively protected Dobrogea Region of Romania. The spatial patterns of mammal distribution and diversity was evaluated and systematic c...
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Methodology used to identify high-priority Natura 2000 sites with Zonation v4
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Publications used to compile distribution of terrestrial mammal species from Dobrogea Region, Romania (field reports and data from museum collections)
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Scriptul R include prelucrarea datelor prin curățarea bazei de date brute (descărcate din sistemul Argos) prin identificarea și ștergerea duplicatelor, a datelor fără localizare și fără marcă temporală, salvare ca fișier compatibil cu baza de date Movebank pentru prelucrări ulterioare (ex. filtrare prin algoritmul Douglas Argos Filter), reprezentar...
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Background Advances in wildlife tracking technology have allowed researchers to understand the spatial ecology of many terrestrial and aquatic animal species. Argos Doppler is a technology that is widely used for wildlife tracking owing to the small size and low weight of the Argos transmitters. This allows them to be fitted to small-bodied species...
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Manualul de monitorizare a deplasărilor animalelor sălbatice este realizat pentru cercetătorii din România în vederea stimulării utilizării tehnologiei de localizare Argos în studiile de ecologie a animalelor sălbatice. Manualul prezintă principalele obiective științifice ale monitorizării deplasărilor animalelor sălbatice, tehnologiile de monitori...
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Brown bear movement patterns are driven by their opportunistic feeding behaviour, with their complex life history and seasonality playing an important role in habitat selection. Within a large unfragmented forest habitats persisting over decades in the Romanian Carpathians and a prohibitive hunting management during 40 years of communist centralise...
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Generally, the management of protected areas is accepted to have conflicts, particularly between stakeholders and public agencies. NGOs may be viewed as the key players in implementing management systems, offering essential organizational support, and ensuring information flow within the entire network. Non-participative protected area management o...
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R script and data to reproduce analyses and figures in the paper Movement ecology of brown bears (Ursus arctos) in the Romanian Eastern Carpathians. The script was tested on R 3.4.3. R packages used: adehabitatHR 0.4.15, maptools 0.9-2, ggpubr 0.1.6. Some files are generated outside of R script (using Microsoft Excel, ArcGIS 10.3.1, ArcMET 10.3.1....
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Argos based applications for real time wildlife monitoring in Romania, the project aims to develop demonstrative applications for Argos platform transmitters (Argos PTT) in Romania by providing tools for improving data quality, promoting state of the art research in movement ecology, and encouraging the involvement of the local industry in real-tim...
Conference Paper
The centerpiece of biodiversity conservation is ensuring cooperation among actors involved in the management of protected areas. To contribute to the debate in the field of protected areas governance, we investigate the characteristics of two ego networks established in two Natura 2000 protected areas in Romania. After evaluating the most common eg...
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Non-participative protected areas management can generate conflicts especially between stakeholders and administrative public bodies. Involving NGOs in management activities, as representatives of citizens and stakeholders can be critical for a successful enforcement of conservation activities, contributing to a better information flow within the m...
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Prior to Romania's joining the European Union in 2007, the Romanian government assumed the responsibility to fully implement Community legislation in the field of nature conservation. This led to a rapid increase of protected surface areas (from 7% in 2005 to 20% in 2009) and a significant overlapping of EU and national protected areas. Due to a la...
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The main funding instrument for implementing EU policies on nature conservation and supporting environmental and climate action is the LIFE Nature programme, established by the European Commission in 1992. LIFE Nature projects (>1400 awarded) are applied conservation projects in which partnerships between institutions are critical for successful co...
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Raw data used for performing the network analyses. (XLSX)
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Country level centrality metrics. (DOCX)
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Structural and within–node ERGMs results for the six LIFE Nature partnership networks. (XLSX)
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Abbreviation labels of each organisation by country. (DOCX)
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LIFE Nature partnership network for United Kingdom, Netherlands, Portugal and Greece (size of nodes for organisation = degree; circles: red—public authority, blue–NGO, green—park reserve authority, purple—research and education, orange–enterprises, grey–project; dark grey arrow—link to a beneficiary, grey arrow—link to a partner; isolated projects...
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Interpretation of ERGM configurations. (DOCX)
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Exploring the dimensions of landscape history, particularly those reflected in the present spatial reconfiguration, requires the use of models to facilitate its evaluation. Considering heritage as a contemporary production result, in this paper the traces of Roman colonisation in the landscape are apprehended in regard to the present time. More pre...

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The goal of the project is to explore collaborative planning approaches in plan-making, how effective they are for plan implementation and to devise a methodological framework for the comprehensive consideration of collaborative approaches in the Romanian planning process.
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This unique book provides information, recent research results and knowledge on the Lower Danube River hydro-environmental issues particularly, hydrological and hydromorphological processes, physico-chemical features, biodiversity and quality of the hydro-environment, climate and water related and hazards and sustainable management and governance of the hydro-environment. Therefore, it gives a wide variety of scientific information on the lower sector of the second-longest river of Europe, with major economic importance, which was severely impacted by human pressures, especially since the second part of the last century. The engineering works (e.g. dams, reservoirs, levees, channelization, etc.) on the Danube River and its tributaries, despite their benefits to society, altered the flow and diminished significantly the sediment load, with consequences on the hydromorphological processes and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems were also affected by the water alteration due to pollution generated by various sources, both point and diffused. For sustainable management of the Danube River and its watershed, several strategies and actions were designed by various actors in different institutions, from European level to national and regional spatial scales (commissions, national authorities, non-governmental organizations, etc.). Compared to upper and middle sectors of the Danube River, the lower one is less known in the international scientific literature, in terms of hydro-environmental issues. The book covers this gap and provides current and original knowledge, results of recent researches conducted by scientists from 3 countries drained by the Lower Danube River and its tributaries: Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. This unique book will be of great scientific interest to help the professional engineers, policy planners, policy maker of three countries to implement their sustainable development plan. It is also useful for graduate students, researchers, and stakeholders as well. The table contents (ToC) of the book include the following title (but not limited to): Part I: Hydrological and Hydromorphological Processess 1. General features of the hydro-sedimentary flows along the Lower Danube River 2. Comparative assessment of hydromorphological parameters in the context of riverbed morphology anthropic changes 3. Dynamics of islands and Danube River channel in last 150 years (Vedea-Calarasi sector, Romania). Hydrogeomorphological approach 4. Analysis of Hydro-Sedimentary Processes and Fluvial Morphology along the Lower Danube River (Giurgiu-Călărași Reach) 5. Hydro-environmental specifics of the Lower Danube Bulgarian tributaries Part Ii: Physico-chemical Features, Biodiversity and Quality of the Hydro- environment 6. Water Temperature Variability in the Lower Danube Aquatic System 7. Variability of nutrient concentrations along the Lower Danube River 8. Water and sediment quality in the Lower Danube River in relation to hydrological regime 9. Assessment of the Anadromous Sturgeon Species` Migration Routes and Behavior in the Romanian Sector of the Lower Danube River 10. Human impacts on water resources in the Lower Danube Basin in Serbia 11. Soil, water, plants, interactions in an unreliable environment Part II: Climate and Water Related Hazards 12. Using Köppen climate classification like diagnostic tool to quantify climate variation in lower Danube valley for the period 1961 to 2017 13. Changes observed in the temperature and precipitation regime along the lower Danube River 14. Drought hazard and vulnerability in the in the Lower Danube Plain 15. Diachronic analysis of the synoptic causes leading to historical discharges and floods along lower Danube 16. Assessment of soil erosion and torrential flood susceptibility: case study - Timok River basin, Serbia 17. Hydrological extremes anomalies and trends in Lower Danube Basin Part IV: Sustainable Management and Governance of the Hydro-Environment 18. Danube multi-connectivity as a transdisciplinary approach in wetlands management of Danube Floodplain and Danube Delta 19. Protection and conservation actions for the Sturgeon Species of the Lower Danube to reduce the identified pressures and support sustainable development 20. Anthropogenic Changes and Biodiversity Protection and Conservation along the Lower Danube River Valley 21. Land management practices favouring conservation in the Danube Lower Valley 22. The Danube river – between conservation and human pressures in the Iron Gates Natural Park 23. Human pressures hydro-environmental impact, case study: hydrotechnical works implemented in the Old Danube – Bala branch bifurcation area 24. Synergies between Environmental Protection, Flood Risk and Carbon Sequestration in Organic Soils 25. Citizen science for the Danube River – knowledge transfer, challenges and perspectives 26. Stakeholder interests and participation in the sustainable use of the wetlands along the Lower Danube Floodplain PS: Other titles within the theme of the book are welcomed up to 30/10/2020. Please send the tentative title to the editors: amnegm85@yahoo.com, zaharialili@hotmail.com and gabriela.toroimac@geo.unibuc.ro