1.2. Improving the capacity for nature protection, sustainable use and management of common natural resources through cooperation initiatives in the cross-border area

Institute for entrepreneurship, sustainable development and innovation (IESDI)

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1.2. Improving the capacity for nature protection, sustainable use and management of common natural resources through cooperation initiatives in the cross-border area
2.1. Increasing the touristic attractiveness of the cross-border area through better utilisation of natural, cultural and historical heritage and related infrastructure
2.3. Increasing networking for development of sustainable tourism through cross-border cooperation initiatives
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Project summary:

The project aims to increase the awareness of students, parents and teachers in Bourgas (Bulgaria) and Suloglu (Turkey) for nature protection by sustainable using and management of common natural resources through implementation of joint interactive and educational activities.

Within the project it is envisaged creation of clubs of interests as an interactive and practical tool for improving the capacity in nature protection and sustainable use and management of natural resources of students from both schools. It will be also organized students eco academy and eco tours for students and parents from the cross-border region and creation of joint website for cooperation and sharing best practices and results from the trainings in nature protection and using of natural resources.

During the project implmentation it will be conducted eco photo contest and exhibition of items created by natural crafts. Information campaigns about sustainable using and management of natural resources and nature protection are envisaged from both sides of the border. For the needs of the project both schools will deliver equipment for eco training laboratories.

The implementation of the project will contribute to increasing the level of environmental protection in the cross-border region through formation of “green” conscience among students, which will encourage their motivation to put into practice the acquired skills and experience in the field of nature conservation.

Project status: Finished

The project partners have implemented the activities according to the schedule.

The main idea of the project was to elaborate an educational programme for clubs of interests in the partnering schools. In the preparatory phase, common problems were identified in both schools which were later addressed with the project. The objective of the project was to improve the capacity of students, parents and teachers in Bourgas and Suloglu in the field of nature protection and sustainable use and management of common natural resources through joint interactive educational and motivational activities.

In implementation of the project the educational programme for clubs of interests “School Eco Academy”, successfully elaborated by experts in the field of education and nature protection with the constant support of the school authorities and teachers, was implemented during the school year. Four clubs were established in each school with participants from 4th and 5th grade in Vasil Levski Primary School, Bulgaria and 4th grade in Suloglu Primary School, Turkey. Various methods were used in the trainings as: games, prize competitions, quizzes, picking up litter in the school yard, walks in the nature, collages with natural materials, etc. Parents also took part in some of the indoor and outdoor trainings. Interactive trainings were implemented due to the IT equipment delivered – interactive boards, laptops, tablets, video and photo camera. Eco training laboratories were equipped in both schools where students did experiments, tested the samples taken during the eco trips, had practical trainings, etc. One-day eco tours were organized for students and parents to different locations in Strandja mountain, including visit to working solar/wind system, in order to observe the plants and animals in their natural habitats. Students were given nature awareness through theory, observation and practical experience in accordance with the Programme.

Informational campaigns were organized in both countries, including press conferences, Trainers’ Open Days, Eco Photo Contest, which showed photos and objects, made during the trainings, as well as the results from the implementation of the programme. These campaigns raised the awareness of the interested parties on how students and parents can be motivated to enhance their knowledge and improve their capacity in nature protection and sustainable use and management of natural resources, as well as the efficiency of the elaborated programme. Due to the interest, it was after disseminated  to few other schools that are going to implement it.

Project website:

www.ecoclub-bgtr.eu

Project materials:

The promotional materials are available HERE.

Project Brochures are available HERE.

Products from the project:

The Project Logo is available HERE.

Programme with thematic curriculum guide (in Bulgarian and Turkish) is available HERE.

Teachers' handbook (in Bulgarian and Turkish) is available HERE.

Exercise notebook for students (in Bulgarian and Turkish) is available HERE.

 

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Project summary:

The overall objective of the project is to determine the coordinates of the sea meadows in Igneada and Pomorie bays and make them accessible for everyone via a mobile application, to prevent the extinction of sea meadows because of the wrong fishery methods, to raise awareness among fishermen via giving information about sea meadows.
The project envisages two sea surveys – one in Turkey and one in Bulgaria including scanning of the seacoast and locating the sea meadows. Mobile Application will be developed providing access for everyone to the coordinates of the identified sea meadows. Seminar of Sea ecosystems presenting both surveys results will be presented. At the Alamana Festival a declaration for future cooperation will be signed.
As a result of the implementation of the project, the coordinates of the sea meadows in Igneada and Pomorie bays will be determined and access to them via a mobile application will be made, as well the awareness among fishermen via giving information about sea meadows will be raised. The fish breathing and breeding by protecting their living areas will be enabled.

Partners

District governorship Burgas

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1.2. Improving the capacity for nature protection, sustainable use and management of common natural resources through cooperation initiatives in the cross-border area
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The project will tackle the challenges in the area of the capacity and efficiency of preservation of marine and coastal environment in the cross border region of Bulgaria and Turkey by initiating integrated and coordinated approaches to provide protection in cases of spills caused by ships collisions, accidents, marine and coastal pollution from ships, boats and coastal sources.
The activities planned within the project include establishment of a Steering committee and Joint Emergency Squad for marine pollution prevention. Specialized equipment will be delivered such as mobile emergency container, boat and equipment for oil pollution control and spills and litters cleaning and collecting, in accordance with the characteristics of the coast in the region of Burgas and Demirkoy. The preparation of Join Intervention Plan and Standard Operation Procedures is envisaged. An Action Plan and Standard Operating Procedures will be developed as well as joint practical exercises of the established Emergency Squad for marine pollution prevention will be conducted.
The implementation of the project will improve the coordination between the institutions from the cross border region of Bulgaria and Turkey in cases of spills caused by ships collisions, accidents, marine and coastal pollution from ships, boats and coastal sources. Another important project result will be enhancing the environmental knowledge of the fishermen, seamen, local population, and visitors of the region, on the issues related to the protection of the marine and coastal environment from plastic and domestic waste and the pollution in the Black Sea will be reduced.

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Union Of Providing Services To The Villages Luleburgaz/Kırklareli

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1.1. Preventing and mitigating the consequences of natural and man-made disasters in the cross-border area
1.2. Improving the capacity for nature protection, sustainable use and management of common natural resources through cooperation initiatives in the cross-border area
2.1. Increasing the touristic attractiveness of the cross-border area through better utilisation of natural, cultural and historical heritage and related infrastructure
2.2. Increasing the cross-border tourism potential by developing common destinations

Dr.Sadık Ahmet Vocational and Techinacal Anatolian High Scholl (Edirne Tourism High Schooll)

Priority: 
1.1. Preventing and mitigating the consequences of natural and man-made disasters in the cross-border area
1.2. Improving the capacity for nature protection, sustainable use and management of common natural resources through cooperation initiatives in the cross-border area
2.1. Increasing the touristic attractiveness of the cross-border area through better utilisation of natural, cultural and historical heritage and related infrastructure
2.2. Increasing the cross-border tourism potential by developing common destinations
2.3. Increasing networking for development of sustainable tourism through cross-border cooperation initiatives

Union Of Providing Services To The Villages Luleburgaz/Kırklareli

Priority: 
1.2. Improving the capacity for nature protection, sustainable use and management of common natural resources through cooperation initiatives in the cross-border area
2.1. Increasing the touristic attractiveness of the cross-border area through better utilisation of natural, cultural and historical heritage and related infrastructure
2.2. Increasing the cross-border tourism potential by developing common destinations
2.3. Increasing networking for development of sustainable tourism through cross-border cooperation initiatives
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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.

Project status: Finished

NATURA 2000 has key significance for the EU policy for nature and biodiversity conservation. It consists of a network of protected areas across Europe, created in correspondence with the Directive on natural habitats from 1992 and the Directive on the conservation of wild birds from 1979. The objective of the network is to guarantee the conservation of the most valuable and most threatened by extinction naturally occurring species as well as the sites which they inhabit.

On the threshold of the European Union, the Republic of Turkey is about to build NATURA 2000, which will become a part of the common European Ecological Network. This network consists of list of protected areas with accompanying documentation, including a description of the flora and fauna and map material.Bulgaria has been an EU member state for more than 10 years and can pass its positive experience in this field to its neighbouring country. In the first part of the project pilot activities for exploration and identification of potential NATURA 2000 sites in Turkey were presented to the Turkish partner and other stakeholders. Field studies were held with experts from Green Balkans, Bulgaria and the Thracian University in Edirne, Turkey. During the studies three potential NATURA 2000 sites in the region of Turkish part of Strandzha: two of them are ‘Habitats Directive’ (92/43/EEC) in 1992 - Igneada Forests and Wetlands – pSCI and Dupnisa Cave (Dupnisa magara sistemi) – pSCI and one is ‘Birds Directive’ (79/402/EEC later 2009/147/EC) - Igneada Wetlands -  SPA were identified.  Series of on-site site training for join data collection at NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria were organised. Lecturers from Istanbul University, students from University of Kikrlareli, environmentalists and youth organizations from Turkey attended the trainings.

As a result a Completed Pilot Standard Data Form (SDF) for the three potential NATURA 2000 sites and a case study with the threats to NATURA 2000 sites in Bulgaria, which pose a potential threat to NATURA 2000 sites in Turkey were developed. Two DVD films “NATURA 2000 and the Green Belt in the Bulgaria and Turkey cross-border region” and “Strandzha – Border Mountain”, all promotional and information materials are available for the general public on the project’s website: http://natura-sakar.org/.   

Accordingly the implemented project increased the readiness and capacity of Turkish experts, NGOs, citizens and other stakeholders to actively participate in the process of the future development of NATURA 2000 in Turkey.

There are so many people on both sides of the border willing to preserve the natural wealth of the neighboring countries.

Project website:

http://natura-sakar.org

Materials from the project:

The project banner is available HERE.

Calendar for 2018 is available HERE.

Fact sheet (Turkish version) is available HERE.

Fact sheet (Bulgarian version) is available HERE.

Leaflet developed under the project is available HERE.

Map of Stradzha region is available HERE.

Stickers designed under the project are available HERE.

Project products:

The Booklet developed under the project is available HERE.

A Case study developed under the project (Bulgarian version) is available HERE.

A Case study developed under the project (English version) is available HERE.

Presentation for Activity 1 "Structure and data of the SDF form for the NATURA 2000 sites" is available HERE.

Presentation for Activity 1 "Designation of pilot NATURA 2000 sites in the target area and practical filling in of the SDF" is available HERE.

Presentation for Activity 1 "Establishing and development of NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria" is available HERE.

Presentation for Activity 1 "What is NATURA 2000, concept and structures" is available HERE.

Standart Data Form for Igneada Ormanlari - Igneada Wetlands is available HERE.

Standart Data Form for Dupnisa Cave is avilable HERE.

Standart Data Form for Igneada Longoz Ormanlari Milli is available HERE.

NATURA 2000 and the GREEN BELT in the Bulgaria-Turkey Cross-border Region DOCUMENTARY is available on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3b7tDrLr0c&index=15&list=PLwe1R4BMZjDsodEAMWnG6_lawYFnf4qtw&t=0s.

The videofilm "Strandzha - Border Mountain" is available on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQAINPMspuo&list=PLwe1R4BMZjDsodEAMWnG6_lawYFnf4qtw&index=19.

Partners

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The project focuses on protection of the nature and improvement of the condition of Natura 2000 protected areas and river coastal environment in the cross-border region. The main aim is to improve the conservation status of natural habitats and species in Sungurlare and Süloğlu municipalities through cooperation initiatives.
Sungurlare municipality envisages supply of multifunctional equipment for nature protection - an up-to-date tipper truck, a skid steer loader with mulcher and augers attachments and a garden chipper, necessary for execution of the designated specific activities for nature protection and conservation of natural habitats in Natura 2000 protected areas as soil loosening, cleaning of the territories, afforestation, placement of wooden houses for birds. Municipality of Süloğlu has found the necessity for procurement of a modern excavator and a light dumper truck, needed for cleaning of the Süloğlu stream bed, preparation of an area for afforestation to prevent erosion, improvement of the coastal environment.
A joint awareness event under the motto "Protecting Nature from All" and a joint school-wide campaign for nature protection will be held on both sides of the border.
As a result of the project implementation is expected, the territories in the Natura 2000 protected areas "Kotlenska planina" BG0002029 and "Gorna Luda Kamchia" BG0000136 in Sungurlare to be cleaned and afforested, as well as cleaning of the riverbed of the Sulloglu River and afforestation and improvement of the coastal river environment in the Sulloglu Municipality to be carried out. Through the exchange of know-how between the two municipalities, the awareness of the local population, stakeholders and school students regarding protection of the nature and the sustainable use and management of common natural resources.

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