Projects

LIFE Danube Free Sky

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Transnational conservation of birds along the Danube river (LIFE19 NAT/SK/001023)

Objectives

To contribute to the aim of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services along the Danube river.

  • To reduce and prevent direct and indirect bird mortality caused by electrocution and collisions with the power lines within 23 project SPAs and 9 IBAs.
  • To increase the population of the 12 target species.
  • To establish safer migration routes and habitats along the Danube river.
  • To start/strengthen the cooperation between the key stakeholders and increase the efficiency of adopted measures on a transnational level.
Activities

The majority of project actions and investments are aimed to increase the survival rate of target bird species that are at present killed on their migration, roosting, breeding, or foraging habitats. The site-related actions will be carried out in the most valuable habitats.

  • Preventing collisions of birds with power lines
  • Preventing electrocution
  • Monitoring actions
  • Nesting and breeding opportunities
  • Public awareness, dissemination, and networking activities.

The project activities in Bulgaria plan the BSPB team to conduct a field study and identify the most dangerous overhead power lines to the birds – the medium voltage (20 kV). The study will take place along the Danube river and within 10 Natura 2000 protected sites in Northwestern Bulgaria. BSPB will identify and select the most dangerous 160 km of these power lines, which will then be retrofitted by CEZ Distribution Bulgaria AD, applying the best and most modern methods. A total of 1200 dangerous to birds electric poles will be retrofitted and another 15 km of powerlines will be secured with diverters in Bulgaria.

Duration

5 years – 01/09/2020 – 28/02/2026

Target areas

In special protection areas within NATURA 2000 (SPAs): BG0000270 Atanaskovsko lake, BG0002048 Suha reka, BG0002050 Durankulashko lake, BG0002061 Balchik, BG0002082 Batova and in other SPAs where the species is subject to protection.

Target species

Each of the target species are legally protected in all project countries. All of them are at risk of collisions with the overhead wires of above-ground electrical infrastructure or under the risk of electrocution (APLIC, 2012).

#1 The Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

#2 The Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)

#3 The Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)

#4 The Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

#5 The Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga)

#6 The Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina)

#7 The European roller (Coracias garrulus)

#8 The Corn Crake (Crex crex)

#9 The Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug)

#10 The Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus)

#11 The Great Bustard (Otis tarda)

#12 The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

Partners

15 partners from 7 countries – Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania.

Coordinating beneficiary: Raptor Protection of Slovakia (RPS)

The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) and CEZ Distribution Bulgaria AD are the partners in the project for Bulgaria.

Funding

The LIFE Danube Free Sky – Transnational conservation of birds along Danube river (LIFE19 NAT/SK/001023) project has a total value of 6 636 170 Euro and is co-financed by the LIFE Program of the European Union.

Operational Programme Environment:

Conservation of the Imperial Eagle

 

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Implementation of measures from the Action Plan for the Conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) in the Republic of Bulgaria

Objective

The project includes activities aimed at improving the conservation status of the Eastern Imperial Eagle based on the Action Plan for the Conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) in Bulgaria. 2014-2022. The project objective is related to the restoration of the population of the species in Bulgaria and the occupation of the former nesting territories with preserved habitats.

Activities
  • Mounting at least 1 artificial nest in all confirmed nesting areas
  • Preparing artificial nests to attract this species to suitable habitats
  • Artificial feeding of eastern imperial eagle pairs with average nesting success 1 young between mid March – end of July
  • Artificial feeding of eastern imperial eagles during winter
  • Undertake measures to avoid death of Eastern Imperial Eagles as a result of electrocution and collision with power lines
  • Safeguard appropriately the poles posing a death risk to this species from electrocution and collision with power lines, within 5- km range from nests, and in areas with concentrated non-breeding species
  • Study of power transmission and distribution network impact on Eastern Imperial Eagles in breeding areas
  • Communication activities – raising public awareness about project activities and threats to the species.
Duration

36 months – 08.01.2021 – 31.12.2023

Target areas

Special protection areas within NATURA 2000 (SPAs): BG0002021 Sakar, BG0002059 Kamenski bair, BG0002058 Sinite kamani-Grebenets, BG0002057, Besaparski ridove, BG0002094 Adata-Tundzha and other SPAs where the species is subject to protection.

Partners

Coordinating beneficiary – Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Associated beneficiary – National Nature and Science Museum to the National Academy of Sciences

Funding

The project has a total value of BGN 879 980.72 and is funded by the Operational Programme “Environment”, under priority axis NATURA 2000 and biodiversity, procedure “Measures to improve the conservation status of birds – 2”, co-financed by the European Union through the European Structural and Investment funds.

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Conservation of the Saker Falcon

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Implementation of measures from the Action Plan for the Conservation of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in the Republic of Bulgaria

Objective

The project includes activities aimed at improving the conservation status of the Saker Falcon based on the “Action Plan for Conservation of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in Bulgaria 2014-2022”. The project objective is related to the restoration of the population of the species in Bulgaria and the occupation of the former nesting territories with preserved habitats. This general objective will be achieved through the following specific objectives:

  • Supporting the population and supporting the feeding bases of the Saker Falcon in the project areas;
  • Reduction of existing risks to the species caused by anthropogenic factors.
Activities
  • Improve the conditions for the Saker falcon (through artificial nests) in historical nesting areas and breeding spots of the species
  • Improve the feeding basis of the species in the areas around established nests, through activities to improve the number of semi-wild pigeons in some of the settlements or undertake feeding
  • Safeguard the sections of risky power lines part of the 20 kV network within a 5 km range around the occupied nests
  • Assess the risk of electrocution and death of Saker Falcons as a result of the power transmission and distribution network equipment in the species nesting areas
  • Communication activities – raising public awareness about project activities and threats to the species.
Duration

24 months – 08.01.2021 – 31.12.2022

Target areas

In special protection areas within NATURA 2000 (SPAs): BG0000270 Atanaskovsko lake, BG0002048 Suha reka, BG0002050 Durankulashko lake, BG0002061 Balchik, BG0002082 Batova and in other SPAs where the species is subject to protection.

Partners

Coordinating beneficiary – Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Associated beneficiary – National Nature and Science Museum to the National Academy of Sciences

Funding

The project has a total value of BGN 346,367.34 and is funded by the Operational Programme “Environment”, under priority axis NATURA 2000 and biodiversity, procedure “Measures to improve the conservation status of birds – 2”, co-financed by the European Union through the European Structural and Investment funds.

LIFE for Lake Varna

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Demonstration of a pilot green infrastructure as a win-win solution for biodiversity and development in Lake Varna (LIFE19 NAT/BG/000839)

Objective

To test and demonstrate a large-scale green infrastructure that will achieve three main outcomes:

(1) Restoring key habitats for priority bird species and thus contributing to the achievement of the biodiversity conservation goals of the project Natura 2000 sites Varna-Beloslav Lake SPA (BG0000191) and Yatata SPA (BG0002046),

(2) Improving the ecosystem function of the severely damaged aquatic ecosystem of Lake Varna and

(3) Providing sustainable and economically sound solution for storage of dredged sediments from the ship channels to and from Varna Port.

Activities
  1. Preparatory actions

Development of a methodology for a comprehensive monitoring scheme of the bird and aquatic species in the Varna-Beloslav Lake and Yatata SPAs and analysis of the dredging sediments that will be used for the construction of the island. Elaboration of a detailed technical plan for the creation of an artificial island. Development of a set of measures for sustainable management of the Varna-Beloslav Lake and Yatata SPAs, analysis of the legislation. Consultation with the stakeholders. Development of a Project Communication Strategy and a Work Plan.

  1. Conservation actions

Creation of an artificial island for the benefit of wild birds and the aquatic ecosystem. Construction of wooden nesting platforms and nest boxes for priority bird species – one nesting platform in each of the two project SPAs. Alongside the construction work and the piling up of the dredged material, a physical, hydrochemical and biochemical monitoring will be taking place in order to keep track of the fine silt levels in the water body, the oxygen levels, as well as the effect on the aquatic ecosystem.

  1. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions

Monitoring the impact of the project activities on the conservation status of key species and the project SPAs. Evaluation of the project impact on ecosystem conditions and ecosystem services. Assessing the socio-economic impact of the project actions on the local economy and population.

  1. Public awareness and dissemination of results

Ensuring of an effective national and international media coverage of the project and promote a project Natura 2000 sites. Development and maintaining of a project website, production of communication materials, networking with other LIFE and/or non-LIFE projects. Promotion of the replicability and transferability of the project findings and results among key stakeholders and other interested entities. Establish of a demonstration info point.

  1. Project management

This includes all activities and tasks necessary for the successful start, implementation, monitoring and finalisation of the project.

Duration

5 years – 01.09.2020 – 31.08.2025

Target areas

Varnensko-Beloslavsko ezero (Varna – Beloslav Lake) (BG0000191), Yatata (BG0002046)

Partners

Coordinating beneficiary: Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company

Associated beneficiary: Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Funding

The total project cost is 1,852,060 Euro and is co-financed by the LIFE Program of the European Union.

Moesian natural treasures

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Moesian natural treasures – support for environmentally friendly tourism and bird conservation along the Danube and Western Stara Planina

Objective

The project is implemented in two phases: initial phase (up to 6 months) and main phase (30 months). In this phase it is planned to be made a revision focused on tourism and protection of the environment on municipal, regional and national planning and programming documents and options for synergetic parallel activities and initiatives will be assessed. The needs of the local people, the opportunities for development and the threats for the Natura 2000 sites, as well as the potential for building a network of active members and supporters of BSPB will be mapped.

Activities
  • Gathering and analyzing information about natural and cultural potential and the offered tourist services and attractions in the area of the Western Stara Planina and along the Danube;
  • Creating a web-based information system for the cultural and natural heritage of the regions;
  • Organizing meetings with representatives of local (municipal) authorities, entrepreneurs, teachers and active people from the region;
  • Conducting a preliminary (online) survey of attitudes towards and the image of cultural and natural resources of the regions;
  • Conducting field surveys of birds and other important components of the biological diversity of Natura 2000 sites in the vicinity and around potential tourist sites;
  • Identification of priority places important to birds and other elements / components of biological diversity, which should be interpreted as additional tourist attractions;
  • Based on the expressed interest of local entrepreneurs and analysis of municipal development plans, identification of specific locations for the subsequent construction of light infrastructure – such as hides for bird watching and taking pictures, routes/paths around sites of local importance, suitable sites for camping, etc.
  • Study of the potential for construction of information and tourist infrastructure (visitor center), managed on the principle of public-private partnerships in the region;
  • Study of existing practices and development of a concept for a voluntary standard for nature-friendly tourism “For the birds”;
  • Dissemination of the mission and activities of BSPB in the region, as well as the contribution of the America for Bulgaria Foundation;
  • Re-establishing contacts with the network of schools and teachers in the areas of interest in environmental education and Natura 2000 and assessing the opportunities for further development of these initiatives;
  • Preliminary assessment and development of concepts for events and materials for the promotion of the Western Stara planina and the Danube River valley as attractive destinations such as: guidebook, short videos for different parts of the Danube River and the regions. Publishing and distribution of a promotional video and information brochure about the project;
  • Holding a final press conference/event to present the results of the project.
  • Development of a detailed, substantiated project proposal.
Duration

The project will be implemented in two phases: initial phase (up to 6 months) and main phase (30 months).

 

Target areas

In the initial phase the activities will be carried out along the Danube river and Western Stara Planina. Efforts will focus on Natura 2000 sites.

 

Partners

Leading organization – Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB).

Part of the research activities within the project will be implemented with the support of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ” and the National University Center for Geospatial Research and Technology.

Funding

The project is funded by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. The America for Bulgaria Foundation is an independent, non-governmental, and non-political American charity that works in partnership with Bulgarian organizations to strengthen the private sector and democratic institutions in the country. For more information: www.us4bg.org .

Common Birds Monitoring

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Осъществяване на схемата за мониторинг на обикновените видове птици като част от Националната система за мониторинг на биологичното разнообразие

Objective

Оценяване състоянието на широкоразпространените видове птици в България.

Activities
  • Събиране и анализ на данни за широкоразпространените видове птици.
  • Набиране на доброволци за събиране на данни за оценяване състоянието на широко разпространените видове птици.
  • Анализ на слабо проучените райони и местообитания и определяне на пробни площадки в ключови места.
  • Изготвяне на индекси за състоянието на птиците за националния доклад за състоянието на околната среда, издаван от ИАОС за целите на НСМСБР.
  • Анализ на данните за видовете птици и определяне на набора от видове, съставляващи индикаторите за състоянието на местообитанията.
  • Целенасочено събиране на данни от минимум 30 площадки в слабо проучени райони/местообитания, идентифицирани от анализа.
  • Изготвяне на три годишни доклада за  състоянието на широко разпространените видове птици.
  • Провеждане на национална среща на доброволците, събирали данни за състоянието на широкоразпространените видове птици.
  • Провеждане на три пресконференции за представяне на резултатите от мониторинговата дейност за състоянието на широкоразпространените видове птици.
Duration

3 years: 2020-2022

Target areas

Bulgaria

Funding

Предприятие за Управление на дейности по опазване на околната среда (ПУДООС, МОСВ).

Citizens for Nature

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Citizen’s Science in Support of Local Communities and Nature

Objective

Access and use of scientific data on topics concerning the environment and climate change:

  • policy monitoring and advocacy;
  • forming and maintaining partnerships between CSOs and public and private institutions and organizations;
  • educational activities.
Duration

2 years (27.09.201926.09.2021)

Target areas

Bulgaria

Funding

136 819 €, of these 123 129 € are provided by the Active Citizens Fund – Bulgaria.

Egyptian Vulture New LIFE

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Urgent Action to Strengthen the Balkan Population of the Egyptian Vulture and Secure Its Flyway– LIFE16 NAT/BG/000874

Objective

The conservation of Europe’s easternmost population of the Egyptian vulture through urgent conservation measures for the elimination of the most serious known threats to the species in its breeding territories and along its migration flyway. The project objectives comply with the most recent strategic document for the conservation of the species: the Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of the Balkan and Central Asian Populations of the Egyptian Vulture(EVFAP) – a key component of the Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP).

Activities
  • Identification of the most dangerous overhead power lines for birds (medium voltage) in and close to Natura 2000 sites in Western Bulgaria.
  • Prevention of bird deaths caused by electrocution on the power lines (medium voltage) in priority areas in Natura 2000 sites in Western Bulgaria and the most important connecting corridors between them through the insulation of 5400 electricity pylons and poles.
  • A decreased wild birds mortality rate due to overhead power line collisions (medium voltage) in priority areas in Natura 2000 sites in Western Bulgaria and the most important connecting corridors between them through the installation of diverters on 120 km of overhead power lines (40 km three-line grid).
Duration

5 years and 5 months (01.07.201731.12.2022)

Target areas

Balkans: Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, Albania;
The Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt;
Africa: Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, Chad.

Partners

Coordinating beneficiary: Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds
Associated beneficiaries:
1. Hellenic Ornithological Society / BirdLife Гърция
2. WWF Greece
3. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, UK (RSPB)
4. Doga Dernegi / BirdLife Турция (DD)
5. BirdLifе Middle East
6. BirdLife Africa
7. A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI)
8. Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (CMS/RaptorsMoU)
9. Green Balkans

Funding
5 848 458 €, of these 4 386 343 € are provided by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Commission.

Life Birds on Power Lines

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Conservation of Threatened Birds through Retrofitting of Hazardous Overhead Powerlines in Natura 2000 Sites in W Bulgaria

Objective

Conservation of the populations of threatened species of birds through a decrease in mortality caused by electricity infrastructure. The project will contribute to the conservation of many species of birds; the most affected among them are: Dalmatian pelican, Bittern, White stork, Lesser white-fronted goose, Red-breasted goose, White-tailed eagle, Egyptian vulture, Griffon vulture, Black vulture, Short-toed eagle, Long-legged buzzard, Lesser spotted eagle, Spotted eagle, Imperial eagle, Golden eagle, Red-footed falcon, Saker falcon, Roller.

Activities
  • Identification of the most dangerous overhead power lines for birds (medium voltage) in and close to Natura 2000 sites in Western Bulgaria.
  • Prevention of bird deaths caused by electrocution on the power lines (medium voltage) in priority areas in Natura 2000 sites in Western Bulgaria and the most important connecting corridors between them through the insulation of 5400 electricity pylons and poles.
  • A decreased wild birds mortality rate due to overhead power line collisions (medium voltage) in priority areas in Natura 2000 sites in Western Bulgaria and the most important connecting corridors between them through the installation of diverters on 120 km of overhead power lines (40 km three-line grid).
  • Protection of 900 dangerous nests of the white stork on electricity pylons and poles in Western Bulgaria through nesting platforms.
  • Establishing standards for bird-safe overhead power lines. Design, production and testing of 40 prototype pylons in accordance with the new standards.
  • Building up support among interested parties and the public in order to mitigate the conflict between wild birds and the overhead power grid, which is beneficial both for biodiversity, as well as for people.
Duration

5 years and 3 months (01.10.201731.12.2022).

Target areas

Natura 2000 network sites: Nikopolsko Plato, Devetashko Plato, Kresna, Svishtovsko-Belenska Nizina, Mesta, Ribarnitsi Orsoya, Berkovitsa, Rayanovtsi, Palakaria, Vrachanski Balkan, Slavyanka, Obnova, Zapaden Balkan, Sredna Gora, Melnishki Piramidi, Rupite, Kompleks Belenski Ostrovi, Zlatiyata, Ponor.

Partners

Coordinating beneficiary: CEZ Distribution Bulgaria AD
Associated beneficiary: Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria

Funding

Total budget of the project: 2 647 481 €; of these, 75 per cent are co-funded by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Commission, and 25 per cent – by the partners on the project.

LAND for LIFE

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Restoration and Sustainable Management of Imperial eagle’s Foraging Habitats in Key Natura 2000 Sites in Bulgaria– (LIFE14 NAT/BG/001119)

Objective

Restoration and improvement of feeding habitats for the Imperial eagle

Activities
  • Preparation of a plan for the restoration of tilled and overgrown pastures.
  • Mapping of tilled pastures in the vicinity of Imperial Eagle nests.
  • Research on the Imperial Eagle’s diet.
  • Research on possibilities for the natural distribution of the European souslik.
  • Preparation of a National Action Plan for the Conservation of the European Souslik in Bulgaria.
  • Restoration of 250 hectares of tilled pastures through sowing of grass mixtures or natural restoration of the grass cover.
  • Restoration of 550 hectares scrub-overgrown pastures through the partial removal of the scrub in order to restore the mosaic appearance of the habitats.
  • Management of 1400 hectares of pastures for nature conservation purposes through the creation of model farms for sheep, goats, cattle and horses.
  • Testing of models for pasture management in Natura 2000 and preparation of recommendations for the future management plans of the Natura 2000 sites.
  • Training for farmers in sustainable pasture management in the regions with present imperial eagles.
  • Improvement of the nesting and feeding habitats of the imperial eagle through the plantation of 600 trees and the installation of 40 man-made nests.
  • Pilot reintroduction of sousliks in one of the project Natura 2000 sites in the place of an extinct colony via the most recent methodologies for reintroduction of this mammal species.
  • Popularizing sustainable agriculture among the farmer community and increasing the support for the conservation of the imperial eagle among local communities.
Duration

5 years (01.09.201531.08.2020)

Target areas

Protected areas from the Natura 2000 network: Sakar, Derventski Vazvisheniya 1 and 2, Zapadna Strandzha, Adata-Tundzha, Kamenski Bair and Sinite Kamani-Grebenets.

Partners

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria (coordinating beneficiary) and Agrofield EOOD, Biofield EOOD, KIT EOOD, Lavenda OOD, Malbreg EOOD, Sakar Nature Park Association, Odrissi EOOD and Ot Fermata EOOD (associated beneficiaries, farmers from Southeastern Bulgaria).

Funding

Total budget of the project: 3 555 173 €; 75 per cent of these are co-funded by the LIFE+ Programme of the EU, and 25 per cent – by the project partners.

The Lagoon of Life

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Maintain the Man-Lake Symbiosis for the Benefit of Species and Habitats of EU Conservation ConcernLIFE17/NAT/BG000558

Objective
  • To ensure a complete restoration of the ecological processes that sustain the unique biodiversity of Atanassovsko Lake Lagoon.
  • To create a self-sufficient financial mechanism that allows the long-term protection of the Atanassovsko Lake Lagoon.
  • To popularize the benefits from Atanassovsko Ezero Natura 2000 Protected Area.
Duration

6 years (to 30.09.2024)

Target areas

Atanassovsko Ezero Natura 2000 Protected Area.

Partners

Coordinating beneficiary: Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation

Associated beneficiaries:

  1. Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria
  2. “Chernmorski Solnitsi” AD
  3. “Zaedno 2011”
Funding

Total budget of the project: 2 525 618 €; 75 per cent of these are co-funded by the LIFE+ Programme of the EU, and 25 per cent – by the project partners.

The budget is distributed among the partners as follows: “Chernomorski Solnitsi” AD: 1 718 418 € (68 per cent); BBF: 606 665 € (24 per cent), BSPB: 107 202 € (4 per cent) and “Zaedno 2011”: 93 270 € (4 per cent).

LIFE for Eagles Forests

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Preserve Key Forest Habitats of the Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina) in Bulgaria LIFE18/NAT/BG/001050

Objective
Long-term conservation of the lesser spotted eagle population through protection and sustainable management of the nesting and feeding habitats of the species, and the creation of new ones.

Specific objectives:

  • Improvement of knowledge on the species and its habitats in Bulgaria.
  • Maintenance and increasing in area of the breeding, feeding and nesting territories of the lesser spotted eagle.
  • Restoration of old feeding and breeding habitats for the species and formation of new ones.
  • Improvement of the conservation effort for the lesser spotted eagle on the regional level.
  • Identification of the main threats for the species and fight against them.
  • Improvement of the public awareness and support for the conservation of priority bird species, their habitats and all Natura 2000 habitats.
Duration

5 years (02.08.2019–02.08.2024)

Target areas
Защитени зони от мрежата Натура 2000: Сакар, Дервентски възвишения, Западна Странджа, Адата-Тунджа, Каменски баир и Сините камъни – Гребенец.
Partners
Coordinating beneficiary:

  • Executive Forest Agency
  • Associated beneficiaries:

  • Southeastern State Enterprise
  • Northeastern State Enterprise
  • Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds
Funding

Total budget of the project: 1 986 260 €; 75 per cent of these are co-funded by the LIFE+ Programme of the EU, and 25 per cent – by the project partners.

Life RE-vultures

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Conservation of Black and Griffon vultures in the cross-border Rhodope mountains– LIFE14 NAT/NL/000901

Objective
  • To improve the knowledge about the causes of death among black and griffon vultures.
  • To improve the knowledge about individual wanderings of both species.
  • To reduce disturbance, poisoning and direct threats for the black and griffon vultures.
  • To reduce the risk of lead poisoning.
  • To improve the food availability for the vultures.
  • To reduce mortality related to the electricity infrastructure.
  • To find support in the local community, including through popularizing local businesses related to vultures and other wildlife.
  • To popularize vulture conservation.
  • To encourage cooperation with other nature conservation organizations.
Duration

5 years and 3 months – (01.01.2016–31.03.2021)

Partners

Coordinating beneficiary: Stichting Rewilding Europe

Associated beneficiaries:
1. Българско дружество за защита на птиците
2. Hellenic Ornithological Society
3. New Thracian Gold Bulgaria Foundation
4. The Vulture Conservation Foundation
5. WWF GREECE

Funding

Total budget of the project: 2 199 961 €. Funding is realized through the LIFE+ Programme of the EU and the project partners.

Pelican Way of LIFE

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Conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican along the Black-Sea Mediterranean Flyway– LIFE18/NAT/NL/000716

Objective

Conservation of the Dalmatian pelican on the Balkan Peninsula through mitigation of threatening factors during breeding, migration and wintering, as well as through improvement of the nesting habitats of the species.
In Bulgaria the Dalmatian pelican breeds in Srebarna Lake and in Peschina Marsh on Persin Island. The course of the Danube River, the Burgas Lakes and the big reservoirs in the southern parts of Bulgaria are among the most important sites for the species during migration and wintering.

Duration

5 years and 7 months (01.09.201931.03.2025)

Target areas

27 Natura 2000 Protected Areas that are key to the Dalmatian pelican on its Black Sea-Mediterranean Flyway. In Bulgaria the Natura 2000 areas included in the project are 10: Srebarna, Kompleks Belenski Ostrovi, Shablenski Ezeren Kompleks, Burgasko Ezero, Mandra-Poda, Atanassovsko Ezero, Kompleks Straldzha, Yazovir Ovcaritsa, Studen Kladenets and Yazovir Rozov Kladenets.

Partners

Coordinating beneficiary: Rewilding Europe
Associated beneficiaries:
Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria
Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR)
Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS)
Directorate of Persina Nature Park, Belene
Rewilding – Danube Delta

Funding

Total budget of the project: 1 773 676 €; 75 per cent of these are co-funded by the LIFE+ Programme of the EU, and 25 per cent – by the project partners.

LIFE FOR SAFE FLIGHT

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Conservation of the Red-breasted Goose along the Global Flyway – LIFE16/NAT/BG/000847

Objective
A detailed study of particular threats for the species and its distribution during migration, and a more detailed research on the migratory movements of the Red-breasted goose through satellite tracking of birds and field research.
Target areas

The Natura 2000 Protected Areas: Delta Dunării şi Complexul Razim – Sinoie; Shablenski ezeren kompleks; Balta Albă – Amara – Jirlău; Balta Mică a Brăileia; Svishtovsko-Belenska nizina; Mandra – Poda; Iezerul Călăraşi; Bertesti de Sus – Gura Ialomitei; Bertesti de Sus – Gura Ialomitei; Kompleks Belenski ostrovi; Burgasko ezero; Lacul Strachina; Ezero Durankulak; Atanasovsko ezero; and the lake complexes Kalikol – Taldikol, Akkol-Karasor-Uzynsor, Koybagar-Tyuntyugur, Manich Gudilo Lake and Tuzlovski Limani National Park.

Duration

5 years (September 2017–October 2022)

Partners

Coordinating beneficiary: Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Associated partners:

1. Association for the Conservation Biodiversity of Kazakhstan/BirdLife Kazakhstan
2. Association of Romanian Hunters & Anglers
3. ROMSILVA National Forestry Agency – Small Wetland of Braila Natural Park
4. Ministry of Environment of Romania
5. National Naturе Park “Tuzlovsky Limani”
6. State Biosphere Reserve “Chenjie Zemli” Russia
7. Regional Ecological Organization “Renaissance”-Ukraine
8. Geese and Swans Study Group of North Eurasia – Russia
9.Romanian Ornithological Society/BirdLife Romania
10. “ABS Zharkol” Ltd–Kazakhstan

Funding

Total budget of the project: 2 557 817 €; 75 per cent of these are co-funded by the LIFE+ Programme of the EU, and 25 per cent – by the project partners.

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