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“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

Target at the half of the implementation period: 105,000 euro for LB and 56,000 euro for B2

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: 07.05.2020

Duration: 18 months

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 plannning 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 valorising (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 implementation team was set up and the start of the project was announced to the public within the start-up press conference held in Ruse on 6th of February 2019.

Both beneficiaries have purchased the necessary equipment for the proper implementation of field activities, including two vehicles for medium to hard ground access (SUV), one for each partner; a Notebook device for GIS work and file storage for the Lead Beneficiary and a camera for wildlife capturing, as well as camera lens kit with lens, telescope, and accessories for Beneficiary 2 (B2).

The services for elaboration of GIS database for Rusenski Lom Nature Park have been awarded, the cadastral basis for the needs of the updated Management Plan have been created and field data was collected and processed. The services for the elaboration of the GIS database for Comana Nature Park were also awarded by Beneficiary 2 in October 2019.

The Lead Beneficiary also contracted in April 2019 the update of the Management Plan of Nature Park Rusenski Lom, which currently underway. The first of the planned three public discussions took place on 14th of May 2019, where the service provider presented an introductory report on the elaboration of the Management plan and the work process to the local authorities and stakeholders.

The services related to the ecosystem awareness and connectivity between Rusenski Lom Nature Park and Comana Nature Park and Natura 2000 sites and study of alien and invasive species were also awarded by the LB (Contract no.10/17.04.2019) and B2 (contract no. 45/ROBG464/04.10.2019). The activity is based on an existing Proposal for Joint Management Plan for the cross-border corridor Comana and Lomovete and is currently ongoing.

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