Preparation and promotion of the process of development of European ecological network NATURA2000 in Istranca Mountain

Project code:CB005.1.12.135
Project call:CB005.1
Priority axis / Specific objective:1.2. Improving the capacity for nature protection, sustainable use and management of common natural resources through cooperation initiatives in the cross-border area
Type of project:Soft
Project duration in months:12
Project final contract amount:84079.98 €
Project EU co-financing rate:85.00 %
Project start date:21.03.2017
Project end date:20.03.2018
Project intervention field:085 Protection and enhancement of biodiversity, nature protection and green infrastructure
Project summary:

The overall objective is to transfer successfully of the experience from a Bulgarian NGO on preparation and promotion of the process of development of European Ecological Network "Natura 2000" to Turkish stakeholders in the model region of Istranca Mountain and to increase the local capacity for the implementation of NATURA 2000 requirements through strong dialogue and exchange of best practices between Bulgarian and Turkish NGOs.

The project envisages preparation of documentation for designation of three NATURA 2000 sites in the Turkish part of Strandja/Istranca and on-site training for joint data collection for NATURA 2000. In order to transfer the European experience in establishment of NATURA 2000 a four – days study visit for 20 Turkish experts will be organized in Bulgaria. During the project implementation two local workshops on NATURA 2000 with representatives of environmental non-governmental organizations, institutions and citizens will be organized aiming to raise local awareness.

The project will contribute to increasing knowledge and mutual understanding of European strategies and methods for announcement of important natural areas as Natura 2000 sites, and to establish good partnerships between Turkish and European civil society organizations.

The project implementation will support the Turkish European integration process in the field of environmental protection.

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Leading partner
Nature Park SAKAR - (NP SAKAR) - NGO
DAYKO Wildlife Conservation Foundatio