Tinutul Buzaului (Buzau country) is a unique area targeting UNESCO recognition. It is rich in geologic features, among which are its mud volcanoes. Recently funding has been awarded to pursue the goals.
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Mud volcanoes in Buzau county
While Germany is so rich in recognised geoparks, not the same is valid for Romania. The only one is Tara Hategului, a historic region in Romania, and now Tinutul Buzaului is targeting the same recognition. Cultural heritage is important for both, but what makes Buzau geopark unique are its geologic features: for example live fire and the unique mud volcanoes (image). A British journalist compared it for the Guardian with a Brothers Grimm tale landscape (see link). More recently, this year, a consortium of Romanian and Norwegian institutions obtained funding from EEA grants to pursue the ambitious goal of obtaining UNESCO recognition.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.