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).
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;
- 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.
Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria
tel. + 359 2 971 58 55; fax. + 359 2 971 58 56