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ROBG-10 “INCOLAB Innovative and collaborative management of Natura 2000 sites in the Danube border region”

What’s the goal?

To promote and strengthen the partnership between the border environment communities to sustainably management of ecosystems in zones of European Natura 2000 network and  to support the cross-border investments in Natura 2000 sites.

What’s the budget?

1.162.818,31 euro, out of which 988.395,56 euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 356.499 euro.

Who is doing it?

Lead beneficiary (LB): National Environmental Guard – (NEG) (Romania)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water – Veliko Tarnovo (RIEW) (Bulgaria)

When is it happening?

Start date: 19.02.2016

End date: 18.07.2018

Duration: 29 months

Where is it happening?

Bucharest, Olt, Teleorman in Romania

Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?

  • Development and implementation of a common management plan for Natura 2000 sites in the cross border Danube area;
  • Information  system development and implementation to support the common management plan;
  • Information and publicity for the project; public awareness concerning Natura 2000 sites.

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

Programme outputs:

- 1 common management plan;

- 27.046 ha of habitats supported to attain a better conservation status (ha) (COI);

Programme results:

 - 4 NATURA 2000 sites in the cross border area with coordinated management tools.

Project status

The beneficiaries carried out the activities related to project management and communication. Also, initiatives for developing cooperation relations with relevant stakeholders (local public authorities, State Forestry – Svishtov etc.) have been carried out and collaboration protocol concluded.

Both beneficiaries have purchased the necessary IT and field work equipment (shoes, trousers, jackets, lifejackets).

The results of the field studies and mapping of the 4 NATURA 2000 protected areas targeted by the project (ROSPA0102 Suhaia and ROSPA0024 Confluenta Olt-Dunare in Romania and BG0002018 "Ostrov Vardim" and BG0002070 "Ribarnitzi Hadji Dimitrovo" in Bulgaria) elaborated by the external management plan expertise at both partner levels, delivered at the end of 2017 and translated in English are being consolidated by the technical experts in the PMT into a Common Management Plan, including Action Plans for each protected area, targeted by the project.

The procurement procedure for the Information system to support the common management plan, launched in October 2017 is nearing completion.

Foreign language training in English language for RIEW-Veliko Tarnovo employees is currently underway.

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