Bulgaria

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Status on Key Actions


PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 2 - Activity fully underway 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 2 - Activity fully underway 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 2 - Activity fully underway 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
Progress in marine protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1

Priority Actions

countries
1
actions
4
steps
19
timeframe
2012 - 2016
cost
$25,622,600

Implementation of best practices for sustainable management of protected areas and network of protected sites "Natura 2000" to better protection of habitats and species of European and national importance in the protected areas network of protected areas
2012 - 2014 $66,000
2012 - 2020 4.1. Development of regional brands for local products to stimulate local economic development in backward areas and also to be friendly for nature
2014 $25,000 4.1.1. Project within Strandja Nature Park
2012 $41,000 4.1.2. Project “Collaboration for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable local development in Strandja mountain in Bulgaria
Development of the National ecological network of protected areas and protected zones
2009 - 2013 $16,208,000
2012 - 2020 1.1. Designation of new protected areas and area or expanding existing
2013 1.1.1. There is a Life + (EU) funded project, aimed at designation of protected areas, dedicated to the preservation of nationally important plant species. The project is implemented by the Botanic institute under the Bulgarian academy of sciences in coop
2012 - 2020 1.2. Mapping of habitats and species under Directive 79/409/EEC and 92/43/EEC and the establishment of the conservation status
2013 $16,111,000 1.2.1. The project for "Mapping and identification of conservation status of natural habitats and types
2012 - 2020 1.3. Study and designate of marine protected zones
2012 $97,000 1.3.1. The project for study and designation of additional marine areas as protected zones of NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria
Improving the effective management of National Ecological Network in Bulgaria
2012 - 2016 $9,250,000
2014 $9,250,000 2.1. Continue activities to develop management plans for protected areas and protected zones
2016 2.2. Developing a common vision for integrated management of the national ecological network, consultations with stakeholders and ensure their support - a study of foreign experience, make recommendations, meetings (including foreign experts and represent
2016 2.3. Analysis and development of methodology for assessment of effective management of Bulgarian protected areas based on national circumstances and recommendations of the IUCN / WCPA;
2016 2.4. Building capacity for adaptive management of protected areas and the effectiveness of self-management. Support for annual planning processes, monitoring and assessment
Creating sustainable financing mechanisms for biodiversity conservation and the national ecological network through payments for ecosystem services and other income from protected areas
2012 - 2016 $98,600
2016 3.1. Ensuring models for valuation of ecosystem services and creating models for payment for use of ecosystem services
2016 3.2. Selection and valuation of ecosystem services. Defining the market for them.
2016 3.3. Review of the existing national and international legislation on valuation of selected ecosystem services
2016 3.4. Information campaign for developed payment schemes for ecosystem services
2016 3.5. Working with the central and local governments, businesses and consumers of ecosystem services for testing and implementation of the developed payments for ecosystem services schemes
2015 $98,600 3.6. Development of methodology for assesment of the ecosystem services for the territory of the whole country

GEF Projects

Bulgaria is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 12 countries : Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
Geothermal Energy Development Program , GeoFund Climate Change 2003-05-16 2009-12-30 Cancelled 9,670,000 USD 175,000,000 USD
World Bank-GEF Investment Fund for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem Partnership, Tranche 1, 2nd Installment International Waters 2007-06-14 Council Approved 5,450,000 USD 45,000,000 USD
Strategic Partnership for Nutrient Reduction in the Danube River and Black Sea - World Bank-GEF Nutrient Reduction Investment Fund: Tranche 3 International Waters 2003-05-16 Council Approved 2,918,000 USD 222,182,000 USD
Danube/Black Sea Basin Strategic Partnership on Nutrient Reduction, Tranche I International Waters 2001-05-11 Council Approved 0 USD 29,555,000 USD
4th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme (RAF2) Multi Focal Area 2009-04-21 CEO Endorsed 42,714,904 USD 43,000,000 USD
Promoting Payments for Environmental Services (PES) and Related Sustainable Financing Schemes in the Danube Basin Biodiversity 2009-02-19 IA Approved 989,676 USD 1,374,373 USD
Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments for Climate Change Mitigation Climate Change 2005-11-10 Under Implementation 3,000,000 USD 9,260,000 USD
Total Sector Methyl Bromide Phase Out in Countries with Economies in Transition Ozone Depleting Substances 2004-05-21 2010-01-31 Project Completion 5,175,500 USD 6,728,222 USD
Control of Eutrophication, Hazardous Substances and Related Measures for Rehabilitating the BLACK SEA Ecosystem: Phase 1 International Waters 2001-05-09 IA Approved 4,349,920 USD 3,945,000 USD
Transfer of Environmentally-sound Technology (TEST) to Reduce Transboundary Pollution in the Danube River Basin International Waters 2000-10-05 2004-10-01 Project Closure 990,000 USD 1,410,000 USD
Black Sea Environmental Management International Waters 1992-05-01 1996-06-01 Project Closure 693,750 USD 37,500 USD
Danube River Basin Environmental Management International Waters 1991-05-01 1996-03-01 Project Closure 8,500,000 USD 35,000,000 USD
Developing the Danube River Basin Pollution Reduction Programme International Waters 1996-10-01 1998-09-01 Project Closure 4,190,000 USD 3,600,000 USD
Integrating Global Environmental Issues into Bulgaria's Regional Development Process Multi Focal Area 2006-03-22 2010-09-27 Project Completion 545,800 USD 2,128,900 USD
Building the Local Capacity for Promoting Energy Efficiency in Private and Public Buildings Climate Change 2006-03-06 2010-09-30 Project Completion 1,000,000 USD 6,273,100 USD
National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) for Global Environment Management Multi Focal Area 2002-09-09 IA Approved 198,300 USD 19,000 USD
Support for the Implementation of the National Biosafety Framework for Bulgaria Biodiversity 2001-12-07 2006-05-31 Project Closure 407,879 USD 96,380 USD
Conservation of Globally Significant Biodiversity in the Landscape of Bulgaria?s Rhodope Mountains Biodiversity 2003-05-16 2009-11-30 Project Completion 3,809,460 USD 14,888,246 USD
Energy Efficiency Strategy to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Climate Change 1996-10-01 2004-04-01 Project Closure 2,595,500 USD 3,918,000 USD
Forest Development Project Biodiversity 2004-03-22 Cancelled 8,089,424 USD 46,707,102 USD
Danube/Black Sea Strategic Partnership - Nutrient Reduction Investment Fund: Tranche 2 International Waters 2002-05-17 Council Approved 1,750,000 USD 74,800,000 USD
Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin-Phase I Project Short Title:Danube Regional Project Phase 1 International Waters 2001-05-09 IA Approved 5,350,000 USD 6,600,000 USD
World Bank-GEF Investment Fund for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem Partnership, Tranche 1, 1st Allocation Multi Focal Area 2006-08-28 Council Approved 0 USD 90,000,000 USD
MED Mediterranean Environmental Sustainable Development Program "Sustainable MED" International Waters 2009-06-24 Council Endorsed 0 USD 0
4th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme (RAF1) Multi Focal Area 2007-06-14 Project Completion 13,647,498 USD 0
Control of Eutrophication, Hazardous Substances and Related Measures for Rehabilitating the Black Sea Ecosystem: Tranche 2 International Waters 2004-05-21 2008-04-30 Project Completion 6,000,000 USD 5,332,106 USD
Preparing for HCFC phase out in CEITs: needs, benefits and potential synergies with other MEAs Ozone Depleting Substances 2008-03-27 2011-06-30 Under Implementation 695,000 USD 450,000 USD
Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin (Tranche 2) International Waters 2003-05-16 2007-08-31 Project Completion 12,000,000 USD 12,878,000 USD
Initiating Early Phaseout of Methyl Bromide through Awareness Raising, Policy Development and Demonstration/Training Activities Ozone Depleting Substances 1999-09-13 2002-09-01 Project Closure 663,000 USD 37,000 USD
Development of National Implementation Plans for the Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) POPs 2001-05-11 2009-12-01 Project Closure 6,185,000 USD 3,130,000 USD
Pilot Biosafety Enabling Activity Biodiversity 1997-11-01 2000-04-30 Project Closure 2,744,000 USD 0
Black Sea Environmental Management International Waters 1992-05-01 1996-06-01 Project Closure 9,300,000 USD 23,300,000 USD
Developing the Implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan International Waters 1996-10-01 2000-12-01 Project Closure 1,839,000 USD 6,955,000 USD
Needs Assessemnt and CHM Establishment Biodiversity 2000-12-20 CEO Approved 250,000 USD 0 USD
Development of National Implementation Plans for the Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants - Bulgaria "add-on" POPs 2005-06-27 IA Approved 143,820 USD 0 USD
Capacity Building for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in Bulgaria Land Degradation 2005-03-24 2008-05-31 Project Completion 978,102 USD 12,207,400 USD
Energy Efficiency Project Climate Change 2004-05-21 2010-03-31 Project Completion 10,300,000 USD 39,510,000 USD
Lake Pomorie Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Management Project Biodiversity 2005-01-04 2010-02-01 Project Completion 888,100 USD 1,118,090 USD
Wetland Restoration and Pollution Reduction Project - under WB-GEF Strategic Partnership for Nutrient Reduction in the Danube River and Black Sea International Waters 2001-05-11 2008-12-15 Project Closure 7,850,000 USD 5,780,000 USD
Biodiversity Action Plan Biodiversity 1998-09-14 IA Approved 154,706 USD 0
Ozone Depleting Substances Phase-out Project Ozone Depleting Substances 1995-05-04 2000-04-30 Project Closure 10,500,000 USD 3,000,000 USD

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme