Improving the conservation effectiveness of wetlands
|Call||1st Call for Project Proposals|
|Lead Partner||University of Forestry, Faculty of Ecology and Landscape Architecture|
"Macedonian" Academy of Science and Arts, Investigation Center for Environment and Materials
Goulandris Natural History Museum, Greek Biotope - Wetland Centre
Municipality of Gotse Delchev
National Environmental Agency
National Observatory of Athens
Region of Thessaly
South-West University "Neofit Rilski", Faculty of Economics
Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change
State Environmental Inspectorate
The overall objective of the project is the protection, conservation and development of wetlands, as a shared asset of the Balkan Mediterranean (BalkanMed) territory. BalkanMed wetland ecosystems are biodiversity hotspots with significant natural and cultural values and with high potential for territorial development and cooperation, including ecosystem basis development, improvement of knowledge, know how exchange and capacity to take informed decisions with a positive impact on the whole territory. As such, the project serves directly to 2.1. SO “to take on the transnational challenge by promoting ecological connectivity and transnational ecosystems’ integration” and contributes significantly to the overall program’s objective for a more competitive and sustainable Balkan Mediterranean area.
The methodology involves 2 poles: (a) development of a common knowledge basis including mapping and creation of harmonized geospatial datasets and indicators, a database, and pilot studies on conservation techniques; and (b) activities to support the uptake of the common knowledge basis including development of guidance documents, training workshops, continuous interaction with users and stakeholders following the living lab approach for a joint strategy development, and publications for translating project findings into policy and priority actions. The WetMainAreas expected results contribute substantially to the BalkanMed programme and are directly linked to the result indicator “Expansion of ecological connectivity and transnational ecosystems’ integration of designated areas” with a target value of 3 568 225 ha.