Under the logo “I’m a New Man for the Earth” Veolia organized in 2013 the 5th edition of the Biodiversity Club, an annual event dedicated to biodiversity and environmental protection in the Danube Delta. The event was attended by over 300 guests from 16 countries (Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, the Republic of Moldova, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, Serbia, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia and Romania).
Over the course of five years Veolia has developed environmental and specific local habitat protection programs such as: restocking with sturgeon or preservation of the Dalmatian pelican species.
1,000 Sevruga Sturgeon fingerlings were released in the Danube River waters for restocking purposes as one of the most important and emotional events of the four days of actions promoting environmental and ecosystem protection. This is the second sturgeon stocking (2011 and 2013) supported by Veolia in the Danube Delta. The released sturgeon received individual marking with a single series for future monitoring. The fingerlings come from wild Sevruga Sturgeon, and are to return to the river for reproduction in about four years’ time.
Sturgeon fishing is prohibited by law in Romania and has been so since 2006 and the ban will remaing in force until 2016. During this ten-year period the sturgeon may be fished solely for reproductive purposes.
As a preliminary action to the sturgeon stocking, a flash mob occurred on the boardwalk in front of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Administration, with another save-the-planet message as its musical theme: Save our Planet Earth. The flash mob was attended by approximatively 150 people.
Year after year Veolia has acknowledged the social and cultural dimension of biological diversity. Thus, this event also included glass painting, wooden spoon painting and terracotta modeling Workshops, as well as a Romanian language workshop. Moreover, a true cultural exchange occurred in the space called Traditions and Customs, when each delegation had the opportunity to present a folk dance or song, and to make folk costumes or specific culinary art known.
The peak of the social and cultural part was represented by a visit to the Halmyris Roman Citadel hosting pre-Roman habitation evidence, a Getic necropolis having also been discovered in the proximity of this Roman citadel. It should be noted that Veolia made the indicating signs and the signs presenting the areas making up the archeological site. Another cultural contribution consists of the support granted by Veolia for the renovation of the Virgin Mary Covering church built in early 1888 through the efforts and will of the Orthodox Christian community in Tulcea.
We cannot conclude without emphasizing that, on the occasion of the 5th edition of the Biodiversity Club, Veolia supported the release of three theme albums: “Habitats of Natura 2ooo Danube Delta Site” by Mihai Petrescu from the Institute of Ecology and Museum Research in Tulcea, “Conservation Value Habitats in the Bucegi Park Reserve” by Anca Sârbu, the President of the Association of Botanical Gardens of Romania and “Bridge across Water. Arch across Time” under the guidance of Lucreţia Băluţă, the International Coordinator of the "Blue Danube" UNESCO Program.