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ROBG 464

ROBG-464

“Green management for protection of Nature park Rusenski Lom and Nature park Comana”

What’s the goal?

The main objective of the project is to improve the sustainable use of natural heritage and resources and cultural heritage for Nature Park Rusenski Lom and Comana.

What’s the budget?

508,730.23 euro, out of which 432,420.68 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Directorate of Nature Park Rusenski Lom (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Association Ecologic Center Green Area Giurgiu (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 08.11.2018

End date: 07.01.2021

Duration: 26 months. The project implementation period was extended with additional 8 months (making it from 18 to 26 months) via Addendum no. 1 from 07.05.2020.

Where is it happening?

Ruse in Bulgaria

Giurgiu in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • Elaboration of GIS for 2 National Parks (NPs) and Natura 2000 sites in the area of eco corridor Comana-Lomovete;
  • Strategical planning activities in the area of eco corridor Comana-Lomovete;
  • Ecosystem cross border awareness and connectivity between the 2 NP and Natura 2000 sites.

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 2 common strategies, policies or management plans for valorizing (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses

Programme results: 1000 tourist overnights in the CBC region and 4 NATURA 2000 sites from the cross-border area with coordinated management tools

Project status

The project is completed.

A launch press conference was organized to present and promote the "Green Management" project.

Both partners purchased all necessary equipment agreed in the application form: two Medium to Rough Terrain Access Vehicles (SUVs), one for each partner, a laptop computer for GIS work and file storage for LB, housing archive for LP, camcorder with wildlife photography accessories for B2.

The service of creating a GIS of the Rusenski Lom Nature Park for both beneficiaries is now available for public and private needs in the GIS/GIS section of the directorate's website: https://rusenski-lom.bg/.

After the last public consultation, considering the development of the plan, LB accepted the Management Plan II from the contractor and forwarded it for further review to the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water and is awaiting the evaluation of the Ministry for the final acceptance of the Management Plan.

The service for Management Plan (MP) from LB is at the end, a preliminary version is available on the Rusenski Lom Nature Park website in the Documents section (https://rusenski-lom.bg/).

On behalf of B2, a public meeting with local stakeholders was organized in the Komana Natural Park on 21.09.2020. The public discussion with interested parties included a presentation of the proposed management measures for the Canis Aureus (Jackal) species included in the Action Plan. Also, on October 1, 2020, under the contractual provisions, the "Inventory Study - Detailed mapping of the jackal population and non-invasive plant species and habitats of community interest, in the context of species mobility, in the Comana Natural Park" was completed.

Services related to ecosystem awareness and connection between Rusenski Lom Nature Park and Comana Nature Park and Natura 2000 sites and exotic and invasive species survey were completed by the two beneficiaries in October 2021. The activity is based on an existing joint management plan proposal for the Comana and Lomovete cross-border corridor, an action plan for the jackal (Canis aureus) in the Comana Natural Park and the protected natural areas with which it overlaps, there being a revised strategy for a visit to the Comana Natural Park and a report on the Comana Natural Park, which includes background information and survey results.

                                      

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