(Re)Constructing Local Tradition: Strategy Seminar, Brezoi, 10/2012


A civic seminar on issues related to forms of rural economy and ecology in isolated settlements. 


Self-sustainability was the traditional way of living in the rural community of Brezoi: from traditional building with local materials to providing food locally. From grass mowing and animals keeping to procurement of materials and building of houses, the work used to be done in common. Only few traditional practices have resisted today, including the obste, which are forms of collective managing of land, pastures and forests. [1]

For the civic seminar in Brezoi, FCDL proposed to reflect on a strategy for alternative development of the common land economy by helping members of the obste to exploit better their current resources and involve them in searching solutions for the future. The civic seminar  was meant to disseminate preliminary ideas and trace collectively the lines of the developing strategy .

The seminar consisted in: 

- Research on models for economic, ecologic and social communities in EU and beyond

- Mapping those local people who still practice and have the knowledge of traditional crafts and form an interest group to learn and use this information, thereby constituting a local network.

- Reflection around a pilot project, which will facilitate the implementation of traditional practices and building techniques, and on the possible use of a piece of common land for agriculture, culture and tourism. 


[1] Obste : traditional organisation of residents who own collectively and manage the commons of the village since the 18th century  The members of the Obste are descendents of those villagers communities who had historical rights on the mountains, waters and forests around the village of Calinesti, Brezoi. The property in the Obste is common (and indivisible) and the commons are own and managed collectively. The rights of the mosneni are inherited in the family. The initial rights have been fragmented through division between the numerous inheritors. Because many of the descendents were entitled to keep the rights even if they left the village, today there are many mosneni who act more like ‘ share holders’ than commoners.





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