Refurbish of cultural heritage building(bath from 1901) and transforming it into "ECOLOGICAL EDUCATION & AIR QUALITY MONITORING CENTER" in Crossborder context
The building is located in the Garden of Rome(in Satu Mare) - a park with an area being the largest park in the city of Satu Mare. The natural environment fully corresponds to specific environmental protection activities. Here are numerous tree species. Through the project, the Rome Garden will be used as an open-air venue for biology classes as well as recreation for all the inhabitants of Satu Mare.
The activities implemented in the frame of this project, raising public awareness regarding environmental issues, and the cooperation between cross-border institutions in the frame of several events on environmental issues - creating the basis of sustainable development of environment protection in the boundary regions, contributing also to the development of environmental infrastructure as well to the reduction of pollution in the cross-border areas.
The establishment of the Centre permits to identify environmental risk factors, provides a proper framework for the elaboration of strategies in order to solution and prevent ecological problems.
The building refurbishment and its reconversion for environmental infrastructure was a major part of the project.
The building acquired numerous functions related to ecological education: IT classroom facilities, exhibition and conference room where there are ample awareness actions on the importance of environmental protection, namely: actions within the framework of the "Eco-School" program, "Schools for a Green Future",

Resources needed

The project was financed under Romania-Ukraine Neighbourhood 2004-2006 Program .
The awarded funding was 743.938 EUR.
Project partners: - Environmental Protection Agency Satu Mare, Djakovo City Hall (Ukraine)

Evidence of success

The project results leaded to the strengthening of environment protection in the cross-border area by interconnection of the Romanian air quality monitoring network with the accidental pollution warning in the Halmeu border area.
Through facilitating partnerships of stakeholders from both countries by the organized events and meetings the project also improved cross-border cooperation between the members.
The biomonitoring of the air quality was insured for the first time in the country.

Difficulties encountered

The refurbishment of such a cultural heritage building needs many National agency authorisations, which hinder the work and implementation.

Potential for learning or transfer

By its refurbishment and establishment of of the Environmental Education and Air Quality Monitoring Centre, the building has acquired many functions related to the following areas of interest:
a) ecological education
-classrooms for preschools and schoolchildren in gymnasium and lyceum education and for the professional training of teachers, providing the students with the necessary didactic material, a laboratory with hi-tech equipment and the opportunity to collaborate with environmental specialists.
-showroom and ecological circle
-conference room with facilities for conferences, courses, seminars and meetings,
b) air quality monitoring
Laboratory equipped according to European standards
c) Bio-monitoring of air quality
Bio-monitoring activity materializes by determining the concentration of heavy metals in collecting leaves by students in the roadside trees, especially in the border area.

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Project
Main institution
SATU MARE City Hall
Location
Nord-Vest, Romania (România)
Start Date
November 2007
End Date
December 2009

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