In practice, the Group’s NGOs will identify obstacles to access to water, carry out pilot projects to find solutions, and propose them to the Group for verification and multiplication in other localities, as integrated models of good practice. Aspects that make access to water difficult may be – a lack of infrastructure (eg pontoons or hangars for small boats, such as kayaks), incomplete or contradictory legislation, shoreline solutions that isolate the city river, or simply rivers, and shores too dirty. The solutions that will emerge from these pilot projects will be varied, from green infrastructure or renaturalization to modern urban solutions and new ways of inter-institutional collaboration.
The solutions will take into account the rigors of flood protection, biodiversity, and environmental protection, but, above all, will help citizens to be aware of the importance of water for their communities. Water will thus be able to become not only an economic and leisure source in nature but also an element of identity, of local pride. Through public consultations and educational actions, citizens will be urged to contribute to keeping the waters clean, for their development in a responsible way, for the benefit of all.
Along with the representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Waters, the meeting was attended by the founding members of the Group: Ivan Patzaichin Mila 23 Association, Department for Sustainable Development (within the General Secretariat of the Government), Romanian Waters, WWF-Romania, miniMASS Association (initiator of the project Someș Delivery), Unda Verde Association (Reghin), DALA Foundation (Sibiu), ACOR (Association of Romanian Communes), Dan Rădulescu (engineer, international expert) and the Underwater Research Center (Sfântu Gheorghe).
Contact: Teodor Frolu, Ivan Patzaichin Association – Mila 23, teodor.frolu at rowmania.ro