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Exchange of Knowledge and good practices in NATURA 2000 areas:

The workshop on the Exchange of Knowledge and Good Practices in NATURA 2000, which took place in Xanthi, at Grand Maison - Art and Thought Multipurpose Facility “House of Manos Hatzidakis” on Tuesday 25thof June 2019, was successfully completed.

The workshop was organized by the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace in the context of its role as Lead Partner in the transnational project entitled “Enhancing Biodiversity through sustainable management and protection of rare species habitat in Nestos and Ardas rivers and the Rodopi Mountain Range” - WILD LIFE FOR EVER of the INTERREG programme Greece - Bulgaria 2014-2020.

The overall aim of the project is to contribute to the combination of realistic policies that will ensure the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable development in the area of ​​action of the two countries, in three areas of great ecological importance with similar environmental characteristics: the Mountains of Rhodope Range in both border sides, the straits of the Nestos River in Greece, and the Ardas River in Bulgaria.

As part of the workshop, participants had the opportunity to attend a short presentation of the project, as well as speeches by experts on issues such as Biodiversity in NATURA 2000 areas of REMTH, threats to the fauna from wind farms, the effects of poisoned baits in the wild life and proposed countermeasures, as well as the Practical Funding Tools in NATURA 2000 areas.

The workshop closed with an open consultation with the attendees, who represented stakeholders from the region of Greece and Bulgaria, during which views and concerns were expressed about the extent of the phenomenon of wildlife poisoning, the different conditions in Bulgarian side on the issues discussed, as well as the importance of biodiversity as a source of revenue in the context of eco-tourism.

For more information about the project, you can visit the website:

http://www.wildlife4ever.eu

 

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