Conservation of Globally Important Biodiversity in High Nature Value Semi-natural Grasslands through Support for the Traditional Local Economy

Project Summary

The goal of this project is to ensure long-term conservation of the globally important biodiversity of the Ponor Mountains. The objective is to conserve the Ponor Mountains grasslands as a pastoral ecosystem of high biodiversity value by addressing the root-causes of its abandonment and subsequent degradation, and identifying and disseminating lessons learned to similar grassland areas in Bulgaria.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
BSPB (Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds)
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:

Project Documents


Project Preparation Grant Amount
50,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
950,000 USD
Co-financing Total
14,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
90,000 USD
Total Cost 1,014,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
24 Feb 2005
Preparation Grant Approved
07 Mar 2005
Project Approved for Implementation
06 Jun 2007
Project closed
31 Dec 2012