Elaboration of National Prioritised Action Framework for NATURA 2000 for the multiannual financial framework 2021 – 2027


Period of implementation:  December 2019 – March 2022

Implemented by: Dicon Group Ltd.

Contracting Authority: The Ministry of Environment and Water of the Republic of Bulgaria

Budget:  Euro 76,440.00


Main objective:

Meeting the requirements of Article 8 (1) of the Habitats Directive, under which Member States are required to submit to the Commission their estimates of the European Union's financial contribution which they consider necessary for the fulfillment of their obligations related to the Natura 2000 network.

Expected results:

  • Developed measures to maintain and improve the conservation status of species and natural habitats subject to conservation in Natura 2000 sites
  • Assessed the amount of financial resources required for the implementation of the developed measures, as well as the source for their funding;
  • Elaborated a system for monitoring, reporting and updating of NPAF 2021 – 2027.
  • Completed NPAF format 2021 - 2027;
  • Carried out process for discussion and alignment of NPAF 2021 – 2027;
  • Ensured consistency with the priorities of EU funds and other financial instruments.

In order to achieve the goals and expected results, Deacon Group is committed to the following project activities:

Activity 1: Overview of existing information

  • Review of the updated NPAF 2014 – 2020, with specific focus on the objectives set, insofar as the implementation of the measures to be included in the NPAF 2021 – 2027 should lead to the accomplishment of these objectives;
  • Review of the reports under Art. 17 of the Habitats Directive and Art. 12 of the Birds Directive.

Activity 2: Elaboration of NPAF 2021 – 2027

  • Identification of priority funding needs for Natura 2000 so that they are included in the relevant EU funding instruments under the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021 – 2027.
  • Breakdown of the financial needs into broad-based ecosystem categories of conservation and restoration measures related to Natura 2000 and environmentally friendly infrastructure. The proposed 8th grade ecosystem typology is largely based on the MAES (mapping and evaluation of ecosystems and their services) typology, which was created as a conceptual basis for pan-European ecosystem assessment.
  • Distinction between running costs and one-off costs related to the allocation of measures to different EU funds.
  • Elaboration of measures to provide important socio-economic and ecosystem-related benefits to society.
  • Development of the NPAF 2021 – 2027 according to the EC guidelines.

Activity 3: Discussion and alignment of NPAF 2021 – 2027

  • Discussion and alignment of the measures to be included in the Framework.
  • Discussion and alignment of the budget and the source of funding for the implementation of the envisaged measures.

To this end, the following meetings and consultations will be organized and held:

  • At least 1 meeting and/or stakeholder consultation expected to be part of the National Advisory Council to the Minister of the Environment and Water, under the new Natura 2000 management approach.
  • At least 1 meeting and/or consultation with the managing authorities of the funding programs.

Activity 4: Finalization of NPAF

Following the adoption of the European Parliament and Council Regulations on financing for the period 2021 – 2027, the NPAF 2021 – 2027 will be finalized by making the necessary changes related to the requirements of the regulations.

As part of the process of finalizing the NPAF 2021 – 2027, a framework for monitoring, reporting and updating of the Framework will be developed. Such a system was developed for the NPAF 2014 – 2020 and its structure will be maintained. The indicators and their values will be updated.