The first two workshops were held in Sofia, one in the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy UACEG held on 14.12.2022 and second in the Faculty of Biology of Sofia University SUFB held on 15.12.2022. The third workshop was held in Dupnitsa in the premises of the Dupnitsa Forestry Unit on 16.12.2022.
Each workshop consisted of up to 4 hours programme mix of theoretical and practical aspects of ecological connectivity and SEA/EIA/AA procedures to provide ecological connectivity for transport infrastructure. After the main program there were vivid and fruitful discussions.
On 18.12.2022 one day field visit of the pilot area of Rila-Verila-Kraishte was held. The one day field visit consisted of half a day visit of defragmentation facilities/mitigation measures in the pilot area as well as lectures for those that have not taken part in the theoretical workshops. The participants were introduced to the purpose and the characteristics of defragmentation measures including overpass, underpass, viaduct and fencing. The land use of adjacent areas and the landscape were also discussed. BBF team and experts presented the monitoring of functioning of this mitigation measures set up as a part of SaveGREEN project.
In total 81 different participants took part in the capacity building programme. For the majority of the participants it was the first time when they got acquainted with ecological connectivity issues and visited/were introduced to defragmentation/mitigation measures in practice.
The trainings are part of SaveGREEN project activities. The SaveGREEN project is financed under the ‘Danube’ 2014-2020 Transnational Cooperation Programme and is set to work on the critical theme of ecological corridors in the Carpathian and further mountain ranges of the Danube region.
For more information, visit the official project page, BBF website or follow #SaveGREEN on social media.