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Detail of GEF Project #1042

GEF Project ID1042
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameConservation of Globally Significant Biodiversity in the Landscape of Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains
RegionEurope and Central Asia
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program4
Pipeline Entry Date2001-05-14
PDF-B Approval Date2001-09-24
Approval Date2003-05-16
CEO Endorsement Date2004-03-01
GEF Agency Approval Date2004-05-27
Project Completion Date2009-11-30
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyMinistry of Agriculture and Forestry
DescriptionGOAL: Globally significant biodiversity is protected by conserving the biological and cultural mosaic of habitats, species and land uses that comprise the Eastern and Western Rhodope landscapes. IMMEDIATE OBJECTIVE 1: Landscape-scale conservation is effectively operationalized in Eastern and Western Rhodope Landscape Nature Parks. (GEF Financed & Co-financed). IMMEDIATE OBJECTIVE 2: Stakeholders integrate biodiversity into resource management and economic development policy and practice. (GEF Financed & Co-financed). The objective of this project is the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in the Rhodope Mountains of southern Bulgaria. The successful completion of the project will result in stakeholders devising innovative and adaptive practices to mitigate and prevent threats to biological diversity in two new landscape-scale Nature Parks by applying new partnerships, conservation tools, information, and sustainable livelihoods to conserve biological diversity. The Rhodope is an ancient, European cultural landscape where productive uses of forestry and agriculture predominate and protected areas are small and scattered. The application of landscape-scale conservation practices and perspective to the productive landscape as a whole and protected areas’ within it, constitutes the project’s strategic approach to securing the sustainable long-term conservation of biodiversity in these mountains. Bulgarian and international partner co-financing provides the crucial foundation for GEF’s incremental investment by enhancing the sustainability of the existing economic development baseline. GEF funding is requested to support the establishment of two new landscape-scale Nature Parks in the Rhodope, to construct a diversity information baseline by conducting field surveys, to forge new partnerships among local and international stakeholders and to strengthen the capacity of civil society institutions, to catalyze the development of public-private partnerships for habitat management and conservation, and to pilot diversity-friendly tourism and agricultural development practices.
Implementation StatusThe project completed its 2007 field work with only reports pending finalization. Apart from species (European otter, Egyptian vulture, European souslik, maidenhair fern and 2 tortoises), the focus of the surveys was also set on habitats where among other high conservation value forests were identified on the territory of two forest units (totaling 45,000 ha), as part of their preparation for certification under FSC. Regarding forestry, the project also completed a survey on the integration of biodiversity concerns into forest management plans. The project started looking more thoroughly into achieving after-the-project-end sustainability of both its results and in general terms – sustainability for applied conservation and cross-sector coordination. This was the focus of the discussions with the project supported 28 Municipality Focus Groups and is also evident from the completed surveys: “Conservation financing from national and local perspective” and “Review of incentives that influence the identified threats to ecosystem services”.
PDF B Amount
264,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,545,460 USD
GEF Grant
3,809,460 USD
Cofinancing Total
14,888,246 USD
Project Cost
18,697,706 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
3,545,460 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
14,656,246 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
18,465,706 USD
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