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Biodivervity in Bulgaria :: BD monitoring

Biological diversity monitoring plays sufficient role in the process of decision making and undertaking the necessary measures for biodiversity conservation. Thus the international and national legislations include provisions for establishing biodiversity monitoring systems. At the international scale the main document defining the need of establishment of a biological diversity monitoring system at the national level is the Biological Diversity Convention (Chapter 7 and Resolution V/7. COP 6).

The National Biodiversity Monitoring System provides:

- long-term monitoring of the biological diversity in Bulgaria in all its aspects;

- strict compliance with the Bulgarian legislation and enforcement of the international commitments undertaken by Bulgaria ;

- systemization of the data in a format, which is usable by the decision-making individuals and institutions;

- larger publicity and access to information about the biological diversity with the aim to increase the public awareness about its preservation;

- a system, which is adequate to the European standards and trends in the exchange of data in the field of the biological diversity;

- establishment of a long-term stable connection between the science and the management, the lack of which at present brings to taking wrong or inadequate decisions concerning the protection of the biological diversity.

Framework for development of a national biodiversity and protected areas monitoring system in Bulgaria

In December 2004 Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation and the association NetHarvest ended their work on the establishment of a FRAMEWORK FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY AND PROTECTED AREAS MONITORING SYSTEM IN BULGARIA. The project lasted almost one year. The final documents were discussed and approved by the expert council of the Bulgarian Environment Agency. All documents are available on the Internet - http://eea.government.bg/en/nsmos/index.html in Bulgarian and English languages.


The web site information includes the following topics:

-          Definition and basic elements;

-          Scope of NMBS;

-          Assessment and analysis system: definition, indicator approach, long list, core and priority sets of indicators, balance in the selection, NMBS in the context of the national and world policy;

-          Institutional framework: roles of the institutions, information ownership;

-          Information system;

-          Next steps;

-          Additional information: conclusions, terminology and abbreviations,  links.

Activities of the Executive Environmental Agency

Executive Environmental Agency in Bulgaria is a structure under the Ministry of Environment and Water, which carries out the management of the National System for Environmental Monitoring. The Agency is also in charge of the coordination and management of the National Biodiversity Monitoring System establishment.  In this regard two projects have been implemented which are focused on the establishment of the National Biodiversity Monitoring System. These are:

1/ Framework for development of a national biodiversity and protected areas monitoring system in Bulgaria", funded by the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water and ended in December 2004.

2/ “Development of a National System for Monitoring Biodiversity and Protected Areas in Bulgaria", funded by the Dutch government.

The website of the Executive Environmental Agency CHM Information Node offers detailed information and documents related to the above mentioned projects, as well as data for the rest of monitoring activities in the country.

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds: Programme for Common Bird Species Monitoring in Bulgaria

Information about the Common Bird Species Monitoring in the country, conducted by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, a national partner of BirdLife International, is available at a special web site. The objectives and methods of the monitoring, volunteer schemes, and information at European level are described. There are also available data about the number and trends in common bird species populations all over the continent and in the country. Volunteers can download the guidelines and forms for participation in the Common Bird Species Monitoring in Bulgaria.

Contact persons: Svetoslav Spasov svetoslav.spasov@bspb.org; Iordan Hristov iordan.hristov@bspb.org

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria

tel. + 359 2 971 58 55; fax. + 359 2 971 58 56

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