Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies @ University of Bucharest


Project title: Integrating habitat connectivity assessment methods in a tool aimed at supporting the efficiency of biodiversity conservation within Natura 2000 network

Project number: PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2021-1067

Contract number: TE 45/2022

Funding body: Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)

Budget: 449.840 RON

Period: 2022-2024

Research team:

Iulian M. Niculae – Project Coordinator

Gabriel O. Vanau – Researcher

Cristiana M. Pioarca-Ciocanea – Researcher

Iulia V. Miu – Post-doctoral researcher


To support the decision of biodiversity conservation and improving the management of protected areas from Romania (Natura 2000 network), through tools based on integration of habitats fragmentation and connectivity analysis methodology


O1. Evaluating the conservation value of species and habitats and their current management in protected areas from Romania;

O2. Analyzing habitat connectivity and fragmentation and the need to designate new protected areas;

O3. Identifying threats and pressures and prioritization the areas with environmental conflicts for community interest species and habitats;

O4. Developing supporting tools to increase the efficiency of biodiversity conservation;

O5. Informing decision factors on the necessity of implementing the tools and indicators for a sustainable management of protected areas and conservation efficiency.

Main results:



Niculae M.I., Vanau G.O., Pioarca- Ciocanea C.M., Miu V.I., Pindaru L. 2022. Demonstrating the necessity of integrating measures for reducing habitat fragmentation and improving landscape connectivity in the management plans of Romanian natural protected areas. The 17 th Edition of the International Conference Present Environment and Sustainable Development. 3-4 June 2022. Iasi, Romania. Oral presentation


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