Certified Environmental Actors

Acronym

CEA
Project Number – MIS 5016110
Priority axis 2 - A Sustainable and Climate adaptable Cross-Border area
Investment priorities 6d - Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure
Intervention fields 085. Protection and enhancement of biodiversity, nature protection and green infrastructure
Call 2nd Call for proposals under priority axes 2 & 4
Lead Beneficiary Hunting Federation of Macedonia & Thrace
Beneficiaries Association "EURORADAR"
Association of Hunters and fishermen "Sokol"
Association of Hunters in K. Nevrokopi "ARTEMIS"
Municipality of Kato Nevrokopi
Start Date Aug 31, 2017
End Date Aug 30, 2019
Budget 712,905.39 €
ERDF Contribution 605.969,58 €
National Contribution 106.935,81 €
In the cross border area, there is a large number of NATURA 2000 protected areas and unique ecosystems with rare biodiversity richness. Over the last years, there is significant hunting activity in the cross border region with negative consequences like poaching, killing rare protected species, disturbance of ecosystem, nuisance, lead poisoning etc threaten the biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. The lack of appropriate hunting education and the absence of a certification framework for hunters contributes on increasing poaching activity, which downgrades the biodiversity levels. Furthermore, Bulgaria has a compulsory certification process, which is in basic form and concern only hunters while Greece doesn't have any educational process.

Taking into account the above situation, the Hunting Federation of Macedonia-Thrace came in touch with the other partners in order to negotiate a common strategy, objectives and project's details. Hunting Federation of Macedonia-Thrace (LB), Association of Hunters in K. Nevrokopi "ARTEMIS" (PB2) and Association of Hunters and Fishermen "Sokol" (PB5) are related with hunters and hunting activity. Municipality of K. Nevrokopi (PB3) will contribute to the activation of local society and utilize municipality network. Moreover, Association "EURORADAR" (PB4) will utilize its environmental network to contribute on achieving multiplying effects. All partners have decided that they need to act soon in order to improve hunter's involvement in biodiversity protection and activate all target groups to become environmental actors.

The main objective of the project is to protect and conserve biodiversity and ecosystem by training, motivating and sensitizing environmental actors. This will be achieved through the establishment of a sustainable framework and strategy, which allows the active participation of environmental actors in environment and biodiversity protection. The idea is to certify, educate and develop skills (wildlife identification, survival skills, etc) to environmental actors (hunters, rescuers, general public etc) though certification thematic courses combining theoretical and practical training with available infrastructure. Theoretical training and assessment will take place in Educational and Certification Centers (ECCs) in K. Nevrokopi and Gotse Deltsev and outdoor practical training in a common CB “Environmental Actors Training Field” center (EATF) in K. Nevrokopi. Publicity events and conferences, website, promotion campaigns and material will help to raise public awareness and inform general public about project's objectives.

Moreover, a policy proposal study with the project's results will be presented to all relevant stakeholders and regional, national and EU policy makers to adopt them in national legislation. In the long terms the project is focusing on creating individual well-trained and certified actors who can contribute on environmental and biodiversity protection. 

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