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Bunica Maria” is a warm and welcoming guesthouse, in the unique Danube Delta. We have 3 years experience in the travel industry. We promote wildlife and historical tourism in our area.
Member since: 15 Jan 2019

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

A very important point is to help local people to understand the real value of their living place, the real value of the Danube Delta, as not only a living place, but a very important place for the world.
We hired local people and we collaborate with the local school, preparing the students(aprentice ships) for a future in a responsible tourism.  

We serve only traditional fish dishes.
Most of the vegetables and fruits are from our yard.
Some of the fish we use is catched by me, the rest is from the local fishermans.
We hired a local women to help us. For the moment it’s enough for us, because we are small
In the summer, we offer training for a student from the local school.

In Mahmudia is a high school with tourism profile. We have a contract with them to prepare children for this industry. We make internships 2-3 months in the summer. Is our support for the community.
Doing this we want to help local children to remain home for the future, to have a job home. At this moment lots of them are leaving the town or the country.
One girl will finish the school next year and we will hire her.
Our cook is a women from Mahmudia.
 
We collaborate with some schools from Spain. They support the Erasmus program https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erasmus_Programme
16 teachers from Spain were in 2018 in Mahmudia. We organized the meal and the boat trip.
https://www.facebook.com/delca.dorin.3/posts/2171616416200689
 
Our plans for 2019 are to open a Traditional fish restaurant in our yard. We will hire local cookers(they know how to prepare the traditional dishes). The restaurant wil be with fixed menu, not a la carte. This will prevent mass tourism, because we will have as customers only those who really like fish.

In Mahmudia, in the I’st century it was a roman fortness Salsovia. It was one of the biggest fortness at that time.
We are a group of 4 accommodations owners that are in discussions with the Romania Government to make archaeological excavations here. It would be a great support for our zone.
And I think that the biggest support is that I returned home after 26 years, with lot of knowledge.
I’m one of the pioneers in the development of ecotourism and responsible tourism in the area.
All the marketing I make for my business is also a real support for the community, and I do it by my own. Promoting myself in the whole world is a direct benefit for Mahmudia and the Danube Delta. It was a real surprize for me that lot of travellers or travel companies from UK, USA or anywhere else did’t know about the Danube Delta.
I'm not financially supported by anyone(local community, government, some kind of association etc), all I do is from my own resources or my family.


Environmental responsibility

We already use solar panel for whater heating.
We use binoculars in our trips, as the birds can be seen, but not to be distrurb.
We have in plan for 2019 to buy some solar panels for electricity.
Also some electric engines for boats.
We use LED bulbs in the building;
This year we will buy some solar panels for electricity;
We separate the plastic botles from the rest of the garbage.
Our fish soup is made outside, in the most traditional way.
 we recharge the toners;
- we don't use broshures, all the informations are on the wall;
For the moment we do not educate on reducing water but we have in plan to do this. We will use in the baths anounces about whater and the usage of towels. 
Before leaving in a tour, we have a few minutes of discussion with the tourists(something like a little training) about the environment:  do not harm flowers, we will now stay close by birds that's why we are using binoculars, do not leave the garbage in the area, keep silence, use your life-vest etc. 
Local projects that we visit include the near by ecological reconstruction zone Carasuhat. The project is sustained by WWF.

We signed the project for a photovoltaic plant of 3 Kw. Hope that till May it will be on charge. The next step, at the end of the year 2019, is to have a 27Kw power plant, to cover all our energy needs.
In our yard we collect separately the plastic. But I did’t want to write about this, because even we select it, the company that collects, mixt the garbage.
 
There are lot of things to be done about the authorities. Till then we try to do by ourselves.
 


About the Echological reconstruction zone:
 
In 1930 it was an agresive project in the whole Danube Delta to dumping the Danube Floodplain. They wanted to transform part of the wet land in agricultural land.  That messure was not a good idea, because when the Danube was rising after rains, all the water was in the villages. The argiculture project was a mistake.
That’s why in 2012 the comunity sustained by WWF and the Danube Delta Biosfere Administration decided to regive to the nature 990 ha of land. That was a big project.
The land was cleaned, there were digging channels, restored the old ones, and then the whole zone was fulled with water from the Danube. Now this area is linked to the Danube and the Delta through two waterways. It’s full with birds and fish. Because the water is clean and not so deep, here is a very good areal for laying of eggs. They anticipate that in 10 year this area will be an independent and stable ecosistem. This is the zone we promote. Our contribution there is to keep it clean. With the locals from time to time, in organised teams, we clean the trash left by people. The name is „The ecological reconstruction area of Carasuhat”.

Social responsibility

We promote traditional living style and fish food. Also the local tradition is part of our plan by an local ethnografic choar “Katiusa”.

Form the moment we don't have in the area real social project. In part we sustain a local Orphanage. 

The biggest project in the zone is described in the next links. The project was finished in 2016:
 
 
Renaturation project
National Geographics
WWF(World Wide Fund)

1. Our region is a multicultural zone. In Dobrodgea there are Romanians, Russians, Lipovans, Turks, Greeks, Germans, Jews. Dobrodgea is a good example for multicultural cohabitation.  Katiusa is a lipovans local vocal group. We promote it as part of tradition, culture. On our Cultural tours, one day we have a concert with them at our Guesthouse.
Dobrodgea is a remarcable zone for vine. The wine have a verry good quality. Part of it is going to Spain and Frace. That’s why other day we have a local wine tasting event, with a professionist oenologist. It presence the wine, the history etc.
 
2. About the Orphanage:
Here there are childrens from 7 to 18 years. We help them  with food. We don’t like waste of food, that’s why all the food that remains, we give to the Orphanage.  In 2018 we had on the summer(2 months) a boy from there(17 years), to sustain him and prepare him for a job(waiter).
We have a local festival named “Festivalul diversitatii” (“The diversity festival”). The name comes from the multicultural population. Is once a year. In the time of the festival all the minorities presents their culture: handmade, vocal groups etc. We are envolved by promoting and using our boat for free tours in that period.

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