Our work at the moment


The Matrix

The Matrix for  Integrated Monitoring of Habitat 1150 * has been completed. The whole process of its preparation took several months and involved various experts from both NGOs and responsible institutions. It aims to propose an algorithm for monitoring and evaluating the conservation status of the 1150 * Coastal Lagoon habitat in modified lagoons, in particular active salinas for salt production in the BSBR.

The Matrix is ​​intended to propose:
  • appropriate parameters for assessing the conservation status of the 1150 * habitat under conditions of active salt extraction based on the parameters in the Habitat Directive and Water Framework Directive;
  • the reference values ​​of all parameters for the assessment of 1150 * habitat in SPA BG0000270 Atanasovsko Lake;
  • methods for measuring or calculating the values ​​of all parameters for assessing the 1150 * habitat in the Atanasovsko Lake SPA;
  • representative points and monitoring periods for 1150 * habitat in the Atanasovsko Lake SPA.
The Matrix in BG 2.23 MB (pdf) Download

The Expert reports

Assessing the impact of conservation activities carried out within the project on key habitats and species is an important part of our work. These estimates show us to what extent and where we have been able to improve habitat quality and where we need to focus our efforts. The evaluations provide guidance on the trends in their development and on species, and whether they have a favorable conservation status or continue to be threatened. This helps us to plan and implement measures to limit and eliminate them, and ultimately achieve and maintain a favorable conservation status - the main objective in the Natura 2000 concept.

Our experts Georgi Gyuzelev - hydrology and physico-chemistry expert, Dr. Petar Yankov - ornithologist and Spas Uzunov - habitat expert, perform specialized observations and measurements on the various components according to approved methodologies for the respective species and habitats. The results of the monitoring are analyzed and national assessment methods are applied and, in the case of the 1150 * Coastal Lagoon habitat, the specially developed monitoring and evaluation matrix.

In this way, within the framework of the project, we will monitor the development of the species and habitats and the impact of the work carried out on them. Thus, on the one hand, we will find out whether the project is successful and has achieved its goals, and on the other - the status of the habitats and species will be part of the national reporting under Art. 17 of the Habitats Directive and Article 12 of the Birds Directive.

Here we are presenting the reports for 2019.
Bird_monitoring in BG 1.81 MB (pdf) Download
Habitat 1410 in BG 2.84 MB (pdf) Download
Habitat 1310 in BG 4 MB (pdf) Download
Habitat 1150 in BG 3.04 MB (pdf) Download

The Activities

A. Preparatory actions, elaboration of management plans and/or of action plans

  • Modelling for integrated monitoring of habitat 1150
  • Carry out preparatory work to enable the habitat restoration works
  • Feasibility study for establishing sustainable and financially valuable mechanisms to secure the future conservation management of the Lagoon
  • Marketing strategy to identify new products/services from the salt-pans that add value to the Atanasovsko Lake provisioning and cultural ecosystem services
  • Develop and implement Project Communication Strategy and Yearly Actions Plans


C. Conservation actions

  • Restoration of the optimal water regime in the habitat 1150
  • Reduce fragmentation of Habitat 1150
  • Develop and test a scheme for improving water quality involving Ruppia maritima
  • Create feeding and roosting sites for Great Bittern and other species of conservation concern
  • Create a participatory Conservation Model to increase the profitability of the Atanasovsko Lake products/services

D. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions (obligatory)

  • Monitoring of the impact of the project activities on hydrological and hydrochemical parameters from the conservation status of the lagoon
  • Monitoring of the impact of the project activities on biodiversity (key plant and animal species, inhabiting the lagoon, breeding and roosting)
  • Monitoring technical effectiveness
  • Monitoring on project impact on the ecosystem function restoration

E. Public awareness and dissemination of results (obligatory)

  • Project visibility actions
  • Awareness-raising activities for the general public
  • Replication, Networking & LIFE platform meeting
  • Build Capacity for Integrated Management of the Wetlands
  • Promoting the Atanasovsko Lake participatory Conservation Model

F. Project management (obligatory)

  • Project management by BBF
  • Establish and make operational a Project Steering Group and a Public Advisory Council
  • Sign Partnership Agreements
  • Project technical and financial reporting, and monitoring
  • Develop an “After-Life Conservation Plan”
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