We are the main capacity building provider for protected areas and conservation în Romania. We develop projects, offer consultancy and mentoring services both locally, European and global wide, through networks that aim at developing the capacity of Protected Area and natureconservation professionals.
ProPark Foundation started in 2008 in order to find solutions for the existing problems and to respond to specific challanges in Protected Areas.

Through the Strategy, our team commits to complex and difficult chores, that should lead, until 2020, to shaping a better structured national framework for capacity building, at the same time lead to a whole-encompassing programme and to qualitative products and services, that should aid practioners and stakeholders to impreve their proffesional performance in the management of Protected Areas and critical natural resources for conservation.

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”Romania has a network of effective Protected Areas, that are managed by competent and committed professional people who are supported by ProPark, the leading protected area training organization in Eastern Europe.”


”For the society’s benefits, our mission is to improve the competencies of the people involved directly of indirectly in the management of Protected Areas to aid the better conservation of the natural and cultural heritage”


”We strongly believe the crucial role pf the qualified people in building the future around the central values embodied by Nature and culture.
We are a team of motivated and enthuziastic people who think that Protected Areas are essential to demostrate that Nature offers answers to many – if not most – of the critical problems of our modern society”

We build on the best practices and field experience, promoting integrity and building networks, we contribute to the development of both the institutional and individual capacity, offering support and the facilitator role. Our purpose is to form professional networks that promote the cause of nature conservation and to contribute in the best way possbile.

  1. Develop and implement a programme to improve the protected area management capacity and effectiveness, programme addressing government staff, custodians and / or stakeholders interested in becoming involved in the management of protected areas.
  2. Promote protected areas as model areas for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and increase the acceptance of protected areas among communities and the general public.
  3. Awareness and education of children and young people on the importance of protected areas, nature conservation in general, their preparation for work in these areas, getting involved either voluntarily or as potential employees in the relevant fields.
  4. Perform advocacy to help efforts for establishing a coherent framework for efficient protected area management in Romania, including an appropriate legal and financial framework for the management of protected areas.


Paul Hotham
Chairman of the Steering Committee

Bogdan Micu

Alina Paraschiv
Assistant Director

Andra Croitoru
Coordinator of model projects department

Erika Stanciu
Protected Areas Specialist

Ioana-Cosânzeana Duică
Coordinator of the Ecological Education Department

Laura Florescu
Financial Director

Mara Bulea
Capacity Building Department Coordinator

Renate Dan Cornici
Fundraising technical support

Roxana Iordăchescu
Project manager/ communication specialist

Tiberiu Chiricheș
Executive Director

Adrian Pătrulescu
GIS and relationship with the communities in protected areas trainer

Alexandru Bulacu
First aid techniques trainer

Alina Alexa
Communication in protected areas trainer

Alina Ioniță
Relationship with communities in the management of a protected natural area trainer

Amalia Dumbravă
Applied biology trainer

Andrei Blumer
Ecotourism and visitor management, interpretation and thematic routes trainer

Bogdan Papuc
Ecotourism and visitor management, interpretation and thematic routes trainer

Cristian Remus Papp
Protected Areas Management Trainer

Erika Stanciu
Protected Areas Management Trainer

Florentina Florescu
Ecological Education Trainer

George Ghișoiu
Train the trainers

Georgiana Andrei
Communication in protected areas trainer

Ionuț Tăușan
Applied biology trainer

János Márk-Nagy
Legislation trainer

Luminița Tănasie
Ecological Education Trainer

Mihai Pop
Applied biology trainer

Paul Hac
Ecological Education/ Protected Areas Trainer

Sebastian Cătănoiu
Forestry management trainer

Szabó István
Relationship with communities in the management of a protected natural area trainer

Tiberiu Chiricheș
Forestry management trainer

Zoltán D. Szabó
Applied biology trainer