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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Project summary:

Тhe project aims to raise the awareness and to build capacity in school students and teachers from the cross-border are in the field of ecosystems protection and restoration.

Within the project appropriate tools will be developed and set for young people to get involved in environmental issues through cooperation, such as development of Balkan Youth Environment Observatory platform, study of best marketing practices for popularization of nature protection measures among young people and of innovative methods for sustainable use of common natural resources.

The project envisages also development and implementation of environmental course for students and conduction of social media campaign for popularization of nature protection measures among young people.

The implementation of the project will contribute to increasing the environmental protection in the cross-border region through popularization of nature protection measures among young people.

Project status: Finished

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

The project used innovative marketing and communication methods to attract the attention of the young people to the contemporary ways of sustainable use of natural resources and their protection: a Study on available methods for sustainable use of common natural resources and methods was developed in 3 languages, an environmental course in 4 modules was developed, covering topics on chemistry, biology, physics and ecosystems; a Study of best marketing practices for popularization of nature protection measures among young people was developed in 3 languages.

There were made the first steps in the Bolyarovo and Kofcaz municipalities to advance the concept of raising environmental awareness and capacity building of youth using interactive through web-based tools that are closer to the life-style of young people. The innovative tools for sustainable use of common natural resources that were created are available on the developed platform: the Balkan Youth Environment Observation platform, where also data gathered by young environmentalists regarding the characteristics and state of the nature can be filled in by the students, displayed and analysed.

The project strove to the best of our abilities to learn “Young ecologists" to protect the environment where we live together with plants and animals, as well as re-balance the ecosystem balance which has been degraded.

Through the courses developed we taught our children, whom we entrust our future, how they can maintain a more habitable world. We also summarized the important tasks in order to protect our world, nature, and maintain the environmental cycle. With our energy and environmentally sensitive approach, we made the next steps forward to protect our world.

An on-line social media campaign has been active throughout the whole duration of the project, which contributed to popularization of nature protection measures among young people, to put in practise some of the measures defined by the marketing study and test them, to popularize the environment protection concept among young people and stimulate them to protect the nature around them.

Social media accounts of the project:

f/ https://www.facebook.com/genccevreciler/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Genccevreciler

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/genccevreciler/  

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuqnqfGv-uD7SeMzxaibpWg/videos?disable_polymer=1

Materials from the project:

The Project brochure is available HERE.

Project products:

Study on innovative methods for sustainable use of common natural resources (English version) is available HERE.

Study on innovative methods for sustainable use of common natural resources (Bulgarian version) is available HERE.

Study on innovative methods for sustainable use of common natural resources (Turkish version) is available HERE.

Study with best marketing practices for popularization of nature protection (English version) is available HERE.

Study with best marketing practices for popularization of nature protection (Turkish version) is available HERE.

The Environmental course modules for school students (Bulgarian version) are available HERE.

The Environmental course modules for school students (Turkish version) are available HERE.

Balkan Youth Environment Observatory platform developed under the project is available in English, Bulgarian and Turkish on the following web address: http://youth-observatory.com.

5 Videos and teasers for popularization of nature protection measures among young people are available HERE.

Partners

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Project summary:

The project focuses on the joint initiatives related to the conservation and improvement of the quality of natural resources - air, water and soil in the cross-border region. For this purpose, a series of best practices related to the formation of resource and capacity building among people about preservation and management of physical and biological purity of the main components of the natural environment in the cross-border region will be implemented, through education, information, counselling and motivation for the implementation of ecological and organic farming to ensure safe and consistent natural life.
Planned project activities varied and include questionnaires, elaboration of an information brochure, trainings, exchange visits, web site creation, design and distribution of materials, organisations of international forums and a conference named "The importance of growing organic products”.
The implementation of the project will contribute to raising the awareness of nature conservation among women entrepreneurs, experts from public institutions and farmers in the region of Yambol and Edirne.

Partners

NGO "UNITY"

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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
2.3. Increasing networking for development of sustainable tourism through cross-border cooperation initiatives
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The project focuses on determination of the situation of European red wood ants in the cross border areas by revealing the nest numbers and distributions which will also provide necessary data for updating IUCN and national red list data, as well presentation of a species action plan and conservation program which will be used for future new project ideas particularly in protected areas of CB region; to train people in both sides to increase the knowledge and awareness and to build capacity of experts, scientists, civil servants, etc. and could be used in future initiatives and projects.
Within the project field studies and laboratory tests will be carried out on the territory of Burgas region and Kirklareli province, as well as the necessary equipment will be purchased to carry out the researches. The purpose is to elucidate nest inventory, nest ecology and distributional patterns of European red wood ant. All of the features of the nests will be recorded on the nest ID card. By doing morphological measurements the ecomorphs of this species in the region will be clarified so that protection schemes can be developed accordingly.
The results of the project will provide new data for updating the red lists and an action plan and conservation program for the species will be developed. The project will contribute to biological control studies and nest transplantation works since European red wood ants is a good biological control agent on Lymandria dispar caterpillars which are the most destructive insect on oak forests of Strandzha mountains.

 

Project status: completed

The beneficary carried out 4 field studies and intensive laboratory works in cooperation of experts from both countries for nest inventory studies and possible ecomorphs. The results indicated the existence of 35 European red wood ant nests in Turkish zonal areas of Strandzha Mountain whilst the number of nests found on the Bulgarian side is 8. This number is very low, revealing that the nests of this species may soon disappear if the necessary conservation measures are not taken. The preferred habitats of F. pratensis were plotted on digital maps. We also obtained morphological measurements for each specimen from the nests under a stereomicroscope whether or not they constitute ecomorphs. For habitat Inventory and conservation purposes the GPS coordinates, mound shapes and sizes and habitat details/types of determined colonies were recorded individually in colony identification cards. Colonies most vulnerable to any kind of threat were covered with steel nets for protection. An information plate about the species was fixed on one side of the nets. Local people where field studies were performed were also informed about the presence and importance of the species. Besides, threats to habitats were noted.

website of the project: https://www.europeanredwoodants.eu/en/

video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G3ShrN7Kb8

 

Partners

Black Sea Research Programme

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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

Pehlivankoy Multi-Programmed Anatolian High School

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

Executive Agency Maritime Administration

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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

Sumycin: Cheap Drug Mexico

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
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Project summary:

The main objective of the project is study and conservation of wild orchids native to Strandzha mountain.

The study will be conducted by a specialized software and implementing an innovative method for monitoring habitats and species.

Within the project there will be implemented field surveys  in the regions around Malko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) and Demirköy (Turkey). Development and implementation of specialized software, which will work with the collected and updated information about orchids in Strandzha is envisaed. The information about orchids includes a picture, coordinates, description and size of the population in Strandzha region. The software will allow appending new data aiming at increased sustainability of the results and effective monitoring. Within the  project a training for foresters, botanists and other stakeholders will be organized for usage of the new software in the field.

Regional Forest Directorates will be equipped with tablets containing the installed software.

As a result of the joint study on species composition, population, status and habitat of orchids in Strandzha there will be created and published a list of orchid species occurring in the territory of Strandzha.
Implementation of the project will contrubute to improvement of cooperation in preservation of wild orchids in the corss-border region and exchange of know-how and experience.

Project status: Finished

Most commonly, the word "orchid" is associated with exotic, tropical destinations, jungles and adventures. Outside the scientific, botanical circles, few people know that the Orchids are the second largest family of over 23,000 species, of which over 200 are found in Europe. The special geographic location of Strandzha, the specific climatic conditions and its paleontological past (lack of ice in the Quaternary) are the reasons that floristic elements could be seen in the mountain and the combination of which is unique for Europe. So it is no wonder that there is also a great variety of orchids. Due to their biological and ecological features, orchids are suitable for use as indicator species for the habitat status they are encountering. However, the difficulties in recognizing them in the field exclude them from most monitoring programs and methodologies. For this reason, orchids are often unchecked and unprotected. Our project is about the development and implementation of special software that enables employees working in different institutions (forestry, park management, universities, scientific institutions) to monitor orchids and their habitats on a terrain in a mountain that is poor populated, intersected, and with incomplete Internet coverage. As a result of the implementation of the activities set out in the project, a comprehensive mapping of the orchid species, size and distribution of their populations in Strandzha was conducted. 32 species were found, 2 species are new to the mountain. Altogether 793 locations (with GPS coordinates) and a total of 1055236 specimens were mapped. New habitats have been identified of rare orchid species included in various national and international conventions and applications. Information was also collected on the threats to wild orchids and their habitats. The main threat is the harvesting of the orchids' tubers and their use for the manufacture for sale. All the information gathered during the fieldwork, was summed up in a publication and was used for the development of the software. The software was installed on tablets that were distributed to forest holdings in the area, and forest staff was trained to use it.

Project website:

https://orchis.onenat.org/

Project materials:

Project materials (notebook, banner, t-shirt, bag and badge) are available HERE.

Products from the project:

The project logo is available HERE.

The Survey "Orchis of Strandzha" is available HERE.

The Field work “New data on the species of Orchidaceae in the Strandzha Natural Park” is available HERE.

The Presentation from the Press Conference (27 July 2017) in Bulgarian language is available HERE.

The Presentation "New data on the species of Orchidaceae in the Strandzha Natural Park", Svetla Dalakchieva, Antoaneta S. Petrova is available HERE.

The Presentation „ORCHIS - Orchids researches, conservation and habitats in Strandzha“, Svetla Dalakchieva, Burgas, 30 April 2018, in Bulgarian language is available HERE.

The Presentation “Guidelines for work with specialized software”, in English language is available HERE.

The Presentation "Guidelines for work with specialized software", in Bulgarian language is available HERE.

The Presentation "Guidelines for work with specialized software", in Turkish language is available HERE.

The Presentation "Project implementation results", in Bulgarian language is available HERE.

Partners

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The main objective of the project is to improve the capacity of nature protection, sustainable use and waste management of common natural resources of cross-border area. The region is a fast developing area, with specific geographical, economic and environmental features, requiring special efforts for their management. At that point raising awareness about environment and waste management is on focus.
Within the project equipment will be supplied and installed and an electronic mobile-lab for measurement the soil quality will be created in the region of Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria. Meric Cahmber of Agriculture, Edirne will establish a Plastic Boxes Recycling Centre to recycle plastic boxes from the lands.
A study on the condition of the soil recourses and soils will be carried out on both sides of the border. Training of representatives of authorities, farmers, businesses, and civil society about environment is planned to be held, as well a joint conference on environment will be organized.
As a result of the implementation of the project, the farmers will be able to monitor their soil quality free of charge and they will receive guidance on optimal fertilization under the new European union regulations, as well as the waste management process will be improved.

 

Project status: Finished

The Project has ended on 30.11.2021.<%2

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