Madzharovo Municipality visited the Eastern Rhodopy Nature Conservation Center on the occasion of the European Natura 2000 Day

18.06.2015
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On May 21 in the Nature Conservation Center of BSPB “Eastern Rhodopy” was held a meeting with representatives of Madzharovo Municipality on the occasion of the European Natura 2000 Day. The event was organized under the LIFE+ project "The Return of the Neophron" and gathered around 20 people. A BSPB team presented to the audience the main issues related to the implementation of the European ecological network of special areas of conservation and protection in Bulgaria and Europe. The meeting finished with an open discussion during which were proposed possible solutions to some of the local problems.

The LIFE+ project "The Return of the Neophron" is implemented in the territory of 27 Natura 2000 sites - 12 in Bulgaria and 15 in Greece. The main guidelines for working with local communities in Greece are to reduce the risk of illegal use of poisoned baits for predators. Within the project were created a National Working Group to fight against poisons, and a network of local supporters, which currently numbers over 100 hunters, breeders and farmers. Additionally, during the project, for the first time in the Balkans, have been introduced specialized anti-poison dog-units (find a technical report on the topic of poisons here).

BSPB is actively working for the effective implementation of agri-environment measures in Bulgaria for the benefit of the Egyptian vulture and other endangered species (such as the Imperial Eagle, Saker Falcon and Red-breasted Goose). Thanks to the project so far has been improved the status of a total of 17,000 hectares of grassland in Natura 2000, had been organized over 20 information meetings with farmers, thanks to which in 2012-2014 about 850 farmers had applied for measures 213 and 214.

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