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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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