The Lasting Development Agency of the County Council Brasov (ADDJB) recently launched the Pilot Project of Local Development Rupea-Cohalm, initiated within the C Component of the Regional Program for the Cultural and National Patrimony of South-Eastern Europe. The project is unfolded under the authority of the Culture and Cults Ministry and is implemented by ADDJB.
Mihai Pascu, ADDJB?s president, revealed that the project is based on a partnership with various components: local (public administrations of Rupea-Cohalm area, Mihai Eminescu Foundation), regional (CC Brasov, ADDJB, evangelic and orthodox churches), national (ministries and other organisms) and international (European Council). The partners? representatives constitute a Local Management Group (GML), meant to coordinate the project?s strategy.
The 9 Micro-region?s Localities
The project?s initiative was launched in Romania by The European Council, in 2006. Two cultural patrimony objectives of national importance were proposed as possible destinations: the archaeological site and citadel of Histria (Constanta County) and the Fastened Evangelic Church Drauseni (Cata commune, Brasov County). Thanks to the support of local and regional authorities, Cata became, starting with February 2007, the theme of a Local Development Pilot Project, covering the territory of 9 localities of the micro-region Rupea-Cohalm: Rupea, Hoghiz, Cata, Homorod, Jibert, Racos, Ticus and Ungra. The area spreads on 101.000 ha and is populated by almost 27.000 inhabitants.
Natural and historical patrimony
Rupea-Cohalm micro-region contains an impressive cultural-historical patrimony, including fastened strongholds of the evangelic church, memorial houses, archaeological sites, fastened walls fragments, rural houses groups. Its territory hosts a reach natural patrimony of protected areas, declared natural monuments or classified Nature2000 Sites. In spite of its touring potential, the cultural patrimony is endangered.
According to Ionut Tata, ADDJB?s executive director, ?the nine localities of the micro-region established a local partnership in order to elaborate its future developing plan. At national level, an inter-ministerial commission expresses its support for the project and its action in the Political Declaration signed in 2007 by all the members?.