Science for Nature Association started the implementation of a project “Development of an action plan for population protection of Stone Crayfish (Austropotamobius torrentium) for the period 2019-2028” under Contract № BG16M1OP002-3.020-0056-C01.
The project is in implementation of the Thematic Objective of the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund 06: Preservation and protection of the environment and promotion of resource efficiency.
The project is funded by the Operational Programme “Environment 2014-2020” (OPE 2014 – 2020) of the European Union, NATURA 2000 and Biodiversity Priority Axis under the procedure Preparation / updating of action plans for species. The grant amounts to 299 998.98 BGN, of which 15% (44 999.85 BGN) nationally and 85% (254 999.13 BGN) european co-financing.
Includes preparation of an action plan for protection of the populations of Stone Crayfish (Austropotamobius torrentium). Extensive discussion of the plan with the stakeholders is planned by holding 4 public discussions in different parts of the country. The total duration is 29 months.
The implementation of the project will include analysis of the available information for determining restoration, maintenance, and other conservation measures for the target species of the Natura 2000 network for a period of 10 years. For the preparation of the plan will be used all available information collected on the territory of the country, the agreed Terms of Reference for the development of an action plan for the protection of the populations of Stone Crayfish (Austropotamobius torrentium) in Bulgaria. The action plan will be developed in accordance with the requirements of ORDINANCE № 5 of 1 August 2003.
The project is in implementation of measure 20 of the NPRD and will contribute to the support of the populations of the target species.