Improving the conservation status of species in the Svilengrad Area – 2 LAG

Science for Nature Association has started the implementation of  the “Habitat Sakar” project under Contract № BG 16M1OP002-3.028- 0001-C01.

In the implementation of the project  the Association partners with the Municipality of Svilengrad.

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 “Improvement of the conservation status of species in the Natura 2000 through the CLLD approach in the territory of the Svilengrad Area-2 LAG “. The grant amounts to 4 572 665.75 BGN, of which 15% ( 685 899,86 BGN) nationally and 85% % ( 3 886 765,89 BGN) European co-financing.

The project includes the implementation of 16 activities:

Activity 1: Conducting observations of target species of amphibians and reptiles and their habitats;

Activity 2: Conducting observations of target species of bats and their habitat;

Activity 3: Establishing suitable habitats for target species of bats – providing artificial shelters;

Activity 4:Implementation of fire-fighting activities – establishing of fire-fighting depots and conducting trainings for the stakeholders;

Activity 5: Implementation of fire-fighting activities – cleaning of roads and clearings;

Activity 6: Improvement of suitable habitats for the target species – restoration of old watering places;

Activity 7: Improvement of suitable habitats for the target species – restoration of old and abandoned buildings;

Activity 8: Improvement of suitable habitats for the target species – formation of natural depressions in the relief:

Activity 9:  Marking of biotope trees;

Activity 10: Pruduction and distribution of printed and communication materials;

Activity 11: Work with the stakeholders;

Activity 12: An Information campaignin the media for the stakeholders;

Activity 13: Tablets with built-in educational mobile application;

Activity 14: Implementation of information and communication measures;

Activity 15: Ancillary activities – providing legal assistance;

Activity 16: Project organization and management;

The total duration of the project is 38 months

Photo: Mauremys rivulata, Yuvalr