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Gergő Gáspár

South-Transdanubian Regional Resource Centre Nonprofit Ltd.

International Projects Programme Lead

“It is wonderful to see how quickly we can make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives, just by working with something as simple as a wild plant”.

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Gergő is finding his work with the “Traditional and Wild” project a truly eye-opening experience. As project manager for the South-Transdanubian Regional Resource Centre, his priority is to work with communities in the cross-border region of Hungary and Croatia, where many people suffer from economic hardship. He has been fascinated to learn that simple, wild plants can be the key to helping so many of those communities.

“I have come to this project as an economist not a scientist. So I look at everything from the perspective of an ordinary person, just like the people in the communities we are trying to help”, he states.

Gergő finds the work inspiring and is really enjoying the opportunity to learn about wild plants and pass on that knowledge to local people in a way that truly enhances their lives.

“I have always known that conservation is important and that some species need to be protected but I never realised how closely that conservation can be linked to helping real people in impoverished communities”.

Gergő has travelled to many places, including living in Argentina and Spain. He has had many amazing experiences around the world. Yet he still finds this project to be one of the most rewarding personally because he can watch and feel the effects of his work on the communities around him.

“It is wonderful to see how quickly we can make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives, just by working with something as simple as a wild plant”.