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BBF started a project for protection of ecocorridors in the Danube Basin

Dec. 30, 2020
BBF and The Black Sea NGO Network (BSNN) together with 11 other project partners from CEE and Balkan Peninsula started the implementation of the project "Safeguarding the functionality of transnationally important ecological corridors in the Danube basin" - SafeGreen. The project is financed by Interreg Danube Transnational Programme and is set to work on the critical theme of ecological corridors in the Carpathian and further mountain ranges of the Danube region.

Ecological corridors are a way to overcome one of the leading causes of biodiversity loss in the world and especially in Europe today - habitat fragmentation, due to different human activity.
Currently, eco-corridors are threatened by the lack of adequate planning of economic development initiatives. Linear transport infrastructure, urban development, intensive agricultural, forestry, and water management practices can interrupt ecological corridors, cause traffic-deaths, and lower the reproductive success of key species and the effectiveness of ecosystem services we all depend on.
The main goal of the project is to foster cross-sectoral and transnational cooperation and build a comprehensive know-how towards the development of concrete solutions aimed at improving, restoring, and preserving the functionality of key ecological corridors in the Carpathians.
Through the improvement of cross-sectoral cooperation in the fields of nature conservation, natural assets management (i.e. wildlife, forests, water), transport, and land use/spatial planning, SaveGREEN will enhance Green Infrastructure coherence in the Carpathian, Alpine and Balkan mountain valleys. It will do so by planning and implementing coherent integrated mitigation measures to minimise the negative impact of economic development.

The project activities already started and will be performed for Bulgaria in Rila-Verila-Kraishte Corridor by December 2022 with the cooperation and associated partnership of Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Executive Forest Agency; Southwestern State Enterprise SE – Blagoevgrad.

Pilot areas
1. Kobernausser forest (Austria)
2. Pöttsching, Alpine - Carpathian Corridor (Austria)
3. Beskydy-Kysuce cross-border area (Czech Republic-Slovakia)
4. Novohrad-NógráD SK-HU cross-border area (Slovakia-Hungary)
5. Zakarpattia region (Ukraine)
6. Mureş valley (Arad-Deva, Romania)
7. Mureş Valley (Târgu Mureş – Târgu Neamţ, Romania)
8. Rila-Verila-Kraishte Corridor (Bulgaria) 

Project Partners:
Austria: WWF Central and Eastern Europe (leading partner); Environment Agency Austria,
Bulgaria: Black Sea NGO Network; Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation
Czech Republic: Friends of the Earth, Olomouc branch; Transport Research Centre
Hungary: CEEweb for Biodiversity; Szent Istvan University
Romania: Zarand Association; EPC Environmental Consulting Ltd.; WWF Romania
Slovakia: WWF Slovakia; Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava – SPECTRA Centre of Excellence of EU

More about the project and its Associated Partners you can found on the official project page or BBF page  or if you follow #SaveGREEN in social media.