The Fish For Life project implementation team has organized, in these past two weeks, several meetings with landowners from Bengești-Ciocadia, locality situated along the Gilort River. These lands have been selected, based on studies, as the best areas contributing to the improvement of the riparian forest habitats connectivity along the river sector, which can also be integrated with shore stabilization measures. The owners were identified in collaboration with the representatives of the local mayor's office, based on cartographic data.

Following these meetings, the attending landowners understood the importance of the measures proposed in the activities C2 (Habitat reconstruction measures in the Gilort riverbed) and C3 (Stabilization of the Gilort River riverbed in key points), expressing their agreement for planting activities on the land owned by them. At the same time, the owners agreed to maintain these new planted areas for the next 20 years. Furthermore, the access of domestic animals to planted areas will be restricted in order to reduce the risk of seedlings grazing or their destruction by animals.Măsuri de reconstrucție a habitatelor din albia râului Gilort) și C3 (Stabilizarea albiei pe râul Gilort în punctele cheie), exprimandu-și acordul pentru plantări  pe terenurile pe care le dețin. Totodată, proprietarii au fost de acord să mențină aceste noi zone plantate pentru următorii 20 de ani. În plus, accesul animalelor domestice în zonele plantate va fi restricționat, pentru a reduce riscul pășunatului puieților sau distrugerea acestora de către animale.

During the discussions, both the owners (people over 70) and their heirs spoke with nostalgia about the childhood spent on the shores of Gilort, bathing or fishing for common nase. They were all delighted to learn that the Fish For Life project, through key actions (restoring the river's connectivity, multiplying the diversity of habitats and sustainably stabilizing the banks), aims to restore Gilort to at least part of its former splendor.

Meetings of this kind will continue in other areas, identified as a priority for the works meant to restore the connectivity of riparian forests.

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