In Saschiz we had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Dorothea of Saxon origins and who has always lived in Saschiz. It was a long and pleasant meeting, we talked with her about the different Saxon communities, we had the pleasure of listening to the Saxon language and their different dialects, their sound and folk traditions and the hard work that needs to be done every day to protect and enhance the territory and the community. It was a pleasant and very important meeting because it makes us better understand who works every day and knows the territory better than anyone else.
Dorothea works for the ADEPT Foundation, “founded in 2004, a biodiversity conservation and rural development NGO based in Saschiz. ADEPT has been working for the last 14 years to protect the nature-rich, farmed landscapes of Transylvania and to support the traditional farming communities who have created them over centuries and who maintain them today.
The foundation ADEPT is to aim is to give these landscapes and communities an economic future and relevance in the 21st century without sacrificing their sustainability and productivity. These landscapes are in fact an important model more widely in Europe.
ADEPT is carrying out an integrated program linking economic and social benefits with biodiversity conservation, and raising local capacity for good management in the future.
Some of Europe’s most important high nature farmed landscapes are found in Romania, especially Transylvania. They provide high productivity and high local employment, and other important benefits for the wider European public.”