His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales, visited the Vacaresti Nature Park
On Thursday, March 30, 2017, his Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales, visited the Bucharest wetland, guided by the members of the Vacaresti Nature Park Association (APNV). During the visit, the guest met with the association’s volunteers and groups of pupils and students present in the park for their ecological education classes. At the end of his visit, the Prince planted a white poplar tree, accompanied by the salutations of the traditional boy scouts attending the action.
The visit began with a moment performed at the Observatory of the Vacaresti Nature Park, where Cristian Lascu, honorary president of APNV, presented a brief history of the Vacaresti area. „This project not only has an interesting future – ecology school, living laboratory and healthy recreation area, but also a special, even dramatic past. A former neighborhood located on the outskirts of the city, unperturbed and green, was brutally demolished by the Communists, in order to make room for one of Ceausescu’s megalomaniacal projects. The built depression remained vacant and nature fully reclaimed the area and gave rise to the newest and most innovative park in Bucharest.”
The delegation entered the park, meeting a group of pupils accompanied by their professors and attended a brief lesson in herpetology, conducted by Vlad Cioflec, APNV herpetology specialist.
The visit continued with a brief stop in the pond area, for a bird-watching session, culminating with the moment when the members of the Vacaresti Nature Park Association presented their vision regarding the area’s future to their honored guest. Helmut Ignat, APNV founding member: „The development of the Management Plan will have as its main objective the establishment of an optimal ratio between the preservation of nature and human presence. Thus, after implementing the plan, the Vacaresti Nature Park will become a center of excellence in the protection and observation of nature, in environmental education and healthy recreation.”
At the end of the visit, the APNV members handed him an album printed on handmade paper and a photograph depicting a symbol of the park, a whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybridus) protecting its offspring. The members of the association invited their honored guest to go back to Vacaresti, in order to watch the progress of the project together.
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The Vacaresti Nature Park Association came into being in 2014, in view of the establishment and management of the Vacaresti Nature Park. In 2017, APNV was appointed manager of the protected natural area with the same name. APNV entered into a partnership agreement with the Capital City’s General Mayor’s Office, in view of the area’s management. Together with the Bucharest Mayor’s Office, the association works with the „Apele Romane” (Romanian Waters) National Administration and over 11 entities pertaining to the research and education field.
The Vacaresti Nature Park is a wetland located in the south-eastern area of the Capital City, designated a protected natural area – V IUCN category – natural park, by means of a Government Decision dated May 11, 2066. The area benefits from a very rich biodiversity, sheltering novel species of flora and fauna. The park has a very special value for the natural patrimony, as a space intended for education and information.
The Vacaresti Nature Park Association wishes to thank its sponsors and partners for their decision to support this project that is unique in Bucharest and Romania!