The project started in 2013 with analysis of good practice from the EU and Switzerland. Working group was established to prepare a model for public participation involving MοEW (Ministry of Environment and Waters) / NNPS, NGOs, associations of farmers and land users in Natura 2000. The management models have been elaborated and piloted in three sites (selected according: variety of environmental objectives, regimes, complexity of the anthropogenic factor, protection status) 21 workshops and meetings with stakeholders have been conducted. The main findings and recommendations have been published in hardcopy and electronic versions. At the end of the project a National Conference held and changes in legislation / procedures to integrate models of stakeholder’s participation have been proposed. The trainings and awareness raising campaign also have been important project components, accompanying all the other activities.
The main objective is to build capacity and create models of stakeholder’s participation in the management process of Natura 2000 protected sites in Bulgaria. Natura 2000 is the main EU instrument for nature conservation and sustainable development in natural areas. It introduces the integrated approach for nature conservation in all areas of social and economic life and the preservation of traditional relationships between humans and environment. Achieving of these objectives requires the involvement of different stakeholders in the planning, management and direct protection of natural areas - from owners and land users to policy makers, including officials, engineers and investors.
National project. Specific activities in three pilot regions in Bulgaria:
- Western Stara Planina
- Western Rhodopes Mountain
- Western slopes of Rila Mountain (SPA Kocherinovo)
Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe – branch Bulgaria
7 Paris Str., Office 17, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: (359-2) 983-4817
Fax: (359-2) 983-5217
Project Manager: Ventzislav Vassilev