Progress of the activities

Activities planned in BE-NATUR project are based on:
  • the learning process - considered as ongoing and proper management of protected areas, it is a very big challenge for all EU Member states, and even more so for candidates;
  • policy integration and concrete application to face the increasing demand of land for non-eco friendly activities, and to mitigate the related conflicts;
  • uniforming strategies and lobbying to bridge the gaps in the field of environment management and protection;
  • transnational communication and awareness-raising to enhance environmental awareness as a "cultural" requirement that will improve and support conservation activities and policies in the future.
The project foresees the following work packages:

WP1 Management and Coordination:
day to day project and financial management, and transnational partnership meetings

WP2 Communication activities:
  • external media communication and dissemination: definition of a common visual identity, communication and dissemination plan, organisation of press conferences, etc.;
  • external non-media communication and dissemination: joint definition and dissemination of printed material, organisation of transnational events, organisation of bilateral meetings, definition of the project website, etc.
WP3 Transnational joint strategy and tools for better management and implementation of "Natura 2000" sites:

This WP is aimed at defining a Joint Transnational Strategy and related tools for better management and implementation of "Natura 2000" sites through the following approach:

  • detection of gaps in the management and implementation of "Natura 2000" sites through assessment and analysis of existing laws, legal procedures for the application of country-specific directives, level/performance preservation, and the existing technical and analysis documents in each participating area.
  • definition of Joint Transnational Action Plans for habitats or group of habitats and species of common interest which do not exist at the moment (pursuant to EEC Directive 92/43) - definition of a common monitoring method for the current conservation status of habitats and species;
  • definition of guidelines containing the joint transnational strategy;
  • transnational targeted visits to partner areas in view of sharing information, experience, best practices, problems and possible solutions.
Read about WP3 implementation

The partners defined targeted Joint Transnational Action Plans for a chosen set of common species and habitats/group of habitats typical of South Eastern Europe that needed a specific intervention:

Habitat groups Working groups Coordinator
1 - COASTAL AND HALOPHYTIC HABITATS
2 - COASTAL SAND DUNES AND INLAND DUNES
Ravenna Provincial Administration
Strandja Nature Park
Veneto Regional Administration
Torre Guaceto
Delta Danube National Institute for Research and Development
Veneto Regional Administration
3 - FRESHWATER HABITATS
9 - FORESTS
ETANAM
Timis County Council
Municipality of Cacak
ETANAM
7 - RAISED BOGS AND MIRES AND FENS Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency
Vienna University of Technology
Agricultural Research and Education Centre
Vienna University of Technology


Species groups Working groups Coordinator
Ciconia ciconia - White stork NIMFEA
Timis County Council
Strandja Nature Park
NIMFEA
Phalacrocorax pygmeus - Pigmy cormorant Ravenna Provincial Administration
Veneto Regional Administration
Municipality of Cacak
Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency
ETANAM
Delta Danube National Institute for Research and Development
Ravenna Provincial Administration
Emys orbicularis - European turtle Strandja Nature Park
Torre Guaceto
Strandja Nature Park

WP4 Concrete implementation of the strategy and improvement of knowledge of human capital:
  • trainings for local experts on the Joint Transnational Strategy and monitoring method;
  • finalisation of a list of direct and indirect pilot interventions for conservation of the chosen habitat and species focused on by Joint Transnational Action Plans;
  • local implementation by all partners of specific direct and indirect pilot interventions, making the most of shared know-how offered by transnational cooperation (details on pilot projects are published in section "Pilot Projects").
WP5 Awareness-raising actions and promotion of sustainable tourism

A series of actions have been planned to favour the "cultural change" of families, children (from 5 to 13 years old) and secondary school students to enhance an environment-friendly attitude keen on environmental protection, and to encourage an environmentally sound behaviour:

  • joint definition of educational materials;
  • organisation of dedicated workshops on environment preservation for schools and families;
  • organisation of visits to natural sites for children, schools and families to boost sustainable tourism.

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