Biodiversity is a valuable natural capital for the humanity. The proposed project is in line with European, National and local strategic documents: EU Strategy for biodiversity to 2020, Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Municipal Development Plan of the Municipality of Kyustendil 2014 – 2020. The main objective of the project is to raise awareness and public understanding of biodiversity, the sustainable use of its components and the equitable sharing of benefits from the utilization of genetic resources in Osogovo mountain. The current project proposal sends a message to society and promote the awareness of the importance of preserving the natural resources. The project will increase the public understanding of the importance of biodiversity at the territory in Osogovo mountain by conducting of an information campaign of the values of biodiversity.
Summary of project results
The need of the project is to raise public awareness of biodiversity as an important natural capital for humanity. The main objective was to increase the public awareness of environmental protection in the territory of Osogovo mountain. by conducting an educational campaign and volunteer activities contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. During the implementation 40 trainings were conducted involving volunteers from V Primary School "Hristo Botev" from the club "Ecology and Health". Thirty volunteers were trained to gather information about different flora and fauna species. The information was systematized and filled in the public part of the renewed National Informational System of the Biological Diversity. For supporting the field work in the mountain 30 cameras were purchased. The taken pictures from the trainings were included in an exhibition "Biodiversity in Osogovo" which was a part from the information campaign. Other initiative of the campaign was an art exhibition – “The living world of Osogovo”. The popularization of the project was accomplished through two press conferences- at the beginning and at the end of the project. The benefit from the implementation was aimed for the target group of young students and children - and indirectly to the population of the Municipality of Kyustendil. Six volunteers from minority groups participated in the trainings as a further contribution to the EEA objectives.
Summary of bilateral results