Sustainable bats conservation in the cross border area


Priority axis Sustainability-Climate adaptability
Investment priorities 6d
Call 2nd Call for proposals under priority axes 2 & 4
Lead Beneficiary South-West University "Neofit Rilski", Faculty of Economics
Partners Department of forestry and natural environment, Aristotele University of Thessaloniki
Budget € 577.573,00
The project aims at improving bats population (Chrioptera) along the bangs of Mesta (Nestos) River and caves in the region of Momchilgrad - Komotini through joint activities on conservation of significant bat habitats. Joint database will include information on species composition and state of bats within the project area. The database will be widely accessible and with opportunity for update. The database will be delivered by inventory of existing information, field work, research on correlation between bats and mosquitoes. Such a database will be extremely useful for later environmental researches in this territory as well as for informed decision-making, connected with bats conservation as well as biodiversity. A map of bat habitats within the project area will be developed as a solid base for further activities on bats conservation and two assessments on species diversity, activity and habitats of bats and potential threats and on favourable conservation status. Bat boxes will be delivered as a measure for bats conservation. Three Guidelines on bats conservation - in agro lands, in forests and in urban areas will be developed and trainings for farmers, forestries, local people, students and people with disabilities will be organized. 

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