Funding oportunities :: In Bulgaria
Funding opportunities for supporting nature and biodiversity conservation activities in Bulgaria are provided by a wide range of organizations and institutions both in Bulgaria and at international level. European Union Funds, Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water Funds, as well as some international organizations such as United Nations programmes and Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe are among the above-mentioned options. Detailed description of these opportunities which includes contact information and web-site addresses is presented in this part of Bulgarian CHM Portal.
UNITED NATIONS PROGRAMMES AND ORGANISATIONS
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP Bulgaria focuses upon reducing poverty levels, raising the quality of life and promoting good governance for sustainable development as the main development challenges.
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U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID)
USAID is the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. The agency works to support long-term and equitable economic growth and advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: - economic growth, agriculture and trade; - global health; and, - democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
U.S. Government foreign assistance funding is coordinated and monitored primarily by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The country-specific strategies varied in focus but were built on common, region-wide strategic goals: economic restructuring, democratic transition, and social stabilization. American assistance to Bulgaria began in early 1990 with $2 million in grants designated for strengthening the political processes by supporting free and fair elections. The U.S. Government has since contributed more than $420 million in SEED assistance to Bulgaria through 2002 in the areas of economic growth and restructuring, democracy and governance, and social transition.USAID provide assistance in four regions of the world:Sub-Saharan Africa;Asia and the Near East;Latin America and the Caribbean, and;Europe and Eurasia.USAID: Europe_Eurasia: Bulgaria ;USAID: Europe_Eurasia: Bulgaria: Biodiversity Assessment ;USAID: Europe_Eurasia: Bulgaria: Environment and Energy ;Embassy of the USA, Sofia, Bulgaria: USAID
WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE (WWF)
WWF is global organization acting locally through a network of family offices. All these offices do all they can to halt the accelerating destruction of our natural world. As a network, WWF needs a central secretariat in order help coordinate what each local office does. This secretariat is located in Switzerland and it is known as WWF International.
WWFs mission is to stop the degradation of the planets natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:- conserving the worlds biological diversity;- ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable;- promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.Creation of a "Green Corridor" of natural wetlands along the Lower Danube was initiated by the government of Romania, in cooperation with the governments of Bulgaria, Moldova and the Ukraine.
SWISS AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT AND CO-OPERATION (SDC)
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Swiss ministry of foreign affairs. Together with other federal offices, SDC is responsible for overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as humanitarian aid.
The SDC Division for South-Eastern Europe is responsible for cooperation activities in Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania and, since 2002, Moldova. In addition, it coordinates Swiss participation in the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe in the priority areas of democracy, human rights, the environment and social cohesion in society.
DANISH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency spheres of activity are concentrated on preventing and combating water, soil and air pollution. The Agency belongs under the Danish Ministry of the Environment.
The Agency belongs under the Danish Ministry of the Environment which has been providing environmental assistance to Eastern Europe since 1991. The purpose of the assistance is:- to help safeguard environmental and natural resources in Eastern Europe to the greatest extent possible and reduce transboundary pollution;- to help ensure an environmentally acceptable democratic and market development; and, last but not least,- to promote the transfer of environmental knowledge and technology from Denmark to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in the interest of both the recipient countries and Denmark.The Ministry of Environment and Energy manages environmental assistance to Central and Eastern Europe (Dancee), developing countries in Southern Africa and South-East Asia (Danced) and the Arctic (Dancea). Environmental assistance to Eastern Europe (Dancee programme) is granted for two main types of projects: technical assistance – e.g. in the form of physical installations (investment projects) – is provided for concrete projects within waste management, drinking water supply, nature management, waste water treatment, air pollution control, etc., and for projects that strengthen the institutional administrative system in the environmental sector with a view to improving the possibility of accession of the Eastern European countries to the EU.In the sector-integrated environmental assistance, a range of ministries and agencies manage environmental projects within their specific areas of expertise.