Projects

Analyses and studies of the birds species in Bulgaria, subject to reporting under Art. 12 of the Birds Directive (2009/147/ЕО)


 

Implementation period: April 2019 – January 2021


Implemented by: Consortium „Dicon-Particip“, with the leading role of Dicon Group Ltd. and with the partnership of Particip GmbH, Germany


Contracting Authority: Executive Environment Agency (ExEA)


Objectives:

The main objective: to be provided the necessary reliable information for reporting under Art. 12 of the Birds Directive.

 

 

 

 

Specific objectives:

  • To be provided the comprehensive methodological approach for conducting monitoring and assessment of the status of bird species, subject to reporting under Art. 12 of the Birds Directive.
  • To be gathered the date necessary for an assessment preparation of the status of bird species, subject to reporting under Art. 12 of the Birds Directive.
  • To be filled-in the forms for reporting under Art. 12 of the Birds Directive in order to the reporting in 2019.

Main Activities:

The work on the current procurement is structured in the following stages:

Stage 1:

  • Activity 1: Review of the received notes on the assessments and the data from the previous reporting;
  • Activity 2: Review, systematization and initial analysis of the available data and information;
  • Activity 3: Study of the experience and good practices with regard to the monitoring and reporting in the EU member states;
  • Activity 4: Review of the available methodologies for monitoring, mapping and for assessment of the status of the target features. Analysis of the effectiveness and efficiency of the available monitoring methodologies, applied to “rare” species and to species with hidden lifestyle;
  • Activity 5: Development of a National Monitoring Concept;
  • Activity 6: Organizing an Expert Working Group and discussing the National Monitoring Concept;
  • Activity 7: Elaboration/ revision/ supplementation of the monitoring methodologies and assessment methodologies of the status of the target features, including determination/ refining the sites for monitoring;

Stage 2:

  • Activity 8: Preparation of a monitoring program;
  • Activity 9: Formation of teams for field work and training of the field experts;
  • Activity 10: Conducting field surveys and collecting data and information.

Stage 3:

  • Activity 11: Processing, summarizing and analysis of the results of the field surveys and available data;
  • Activity 12: Assessment of the conservation status of the target features and argumentation for the reasons for the change in the assessments, compared to the previous reporting, if there are such
  • Activity 13: Supplements/ revision of the Standard Data Forms for the protected areas, where is appropriate;
  • Activity 14: Organizing of Expert Working Groups for discussing the assessments and the nature conservation status;
  • Activity 15: Analysis of the results and costs/benefits from conducting monitoring and preparation of the evaluation of the status on relevant methodologies.

Stage 4:

  • Activity 16: Support from the Contracting Authority for the communication with the European Topic Centre (ETC) on biological diversity at the European Environment Agency in connection with reporting preparation;
  • Activity 17: Filling-in the forms for the reporting and their preparation for providing to the ETC;
  • Activity 18: Review, analysis and removing gaps in reporting on the base of comments from the ETC.

 

Expected results form the project implementation:

  1. Provided comprehensive methodological approach for collecting and analysis of data needed for the reporting on the Birds Directive through development of a National Monitoring Concept, elaborated/supplemented/revised monitoring methodologies and assessment methodologies of the status of bird species.
  2. Provided the whole necessary information for the purpose of reporting for the period 2013-2018 under Art. 12 of the Birds Directive, including appropriate available data as well as most up-to-date data from the field studies.
  3. Prepared assessments of the status of bird species, subject to reporting under Art. 12 of the Birds Directive on a national level, filled-in forms for reporting under Art. 12 of the Birds Directive, according to the requirements of the EC.
  4. Reached consent with stakeholders on the content of the documents produced – methodologies, analyses, data, assessments, reporting formats.
  5. Prepared analysis of the result and costs for the field studies and the preparation of assessments of the bird species status.
  6. Conducted field studies for gathering data for the target bird species.
  7. Validated Field Forms, spatial and other data.
  8. Validated analyses and assessments of the bird species status.
  9. Validated text documents of high quality and data bases, according to the form for reporting under Art. 12 of the Birds Directive.