Client: Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds funded by UNDP
The project involved the development of a medium sized GEF project proposal.
The goal is long-term conservation of the globally important biodiversity
of the Ponor Mountains, with a focus on its grasslands as a pastoral ecosystem,
by addressing the root-causes of its abandonment and degradation.
Our responsibilities included:
and supervision of teams of biodiversity, socio-economic and dairy and
and analysis of biodiversity and socio-economic baseline data for the
Ponor mountain region;
of the land tenure situation in the project area through the acquisition
of GIS files for the Ponor region from MAF, and the development of associated
of eco-tourism development potential for the area;
the current status of dairy and husbandry markets and market barriers;
of potential key project partners among the local stakeholders;
and analysis of project replication potential in two other future Natura
2000 areas sites - Kamenski Rid, near Sliven and Bessaparski Hills, near
of monitoring systems to measure the effectiveness of project outcomes
towards reaching the biodiversity conservation objectives of the Ponor
Natura 2000 site;
study on the establishment of a municipal business/information centre;
A survey of
the existing in-country certification schemes for food and tourist products
for the benefit of local economic development,
of a Public Awareness Strategy.