About the project

The project “Ecosystem services mapping and assessment of heathland and shrubs ecosystems in Bulgaria (outside NATURA 2000)” is implemented by SU “St. Kliment Ohridski” with the support of Epsilon Bulgaria OOD and Kartgeo and is realized with the financial support of Programme BG03 “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” in Bulgaria under the Financial mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014. Officially, the project has started on 24th August 2015. In a period of 9 months, a team of experts will carry out an assessment and mapping of heathland and shrubs ecosystems on the territory of Bulgaria outside Natura 2000 and will verify the assessment.

In order to implement the Strategy of biodiversity by 2020, it is required an inventory of ecosystems to be carried out. In accordance with the MOEW’s methodology (BG03.PDP2), the process of ecosystem services assessment will go through the following stages: determining the scope; collection and classification of data from existing national and international databases and field works; assessment of the status of the ecosystem services within the polygons, identifying of the stakeholders and how they could benefit from these services; mapping of the ecosystem services.

After the assignation of additional activities of the project “Ecosystem services mapping and assessment of heathland and shrubs ecosystems in Bulgaria (outside NATURA 2000)” the experts will implement mapping and assessment of the ecosystem services of the agroecosystems in Bulgaria and the socio-economic benefits of the project. The additional activities were launched on 23rd August, 2016 through the signing of additional agreement between MOEW and SU. Their implementation will continue until 30th April, 2017 and will cover all three sub-types of agroecosystems in accordance to the MOEW’s methodology. The study of the socio-economic benefits will be implemented on the basis of public discussions involving all stakeholders. In the assessment of ecosystem services will be included annual crops, perennial crops and mixed croplands.