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May 4, 2011

EXECUTIVE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY SUBMITS PROJECT FOR FIELDWORK

Executive Environment Agency (EEA) has submitted a project for carrying out fieldwork, which will serve as a basis for a comprehensive assessment of endangered animal and plant species in Bulgaria.

The project envisages the collection and analysis of information about the number and range of invertebrates, fish, amphibian, reptiles, cetacean, mammals, plants, moss, fungus and nesting birds. New (genetic) methods for assessing the status of the species will be elaborated and incorporated.

All data collected during the implementation of the project will be entered into the National Biodiversity Monitoring System (NBMS). The information will be accessible to all interested parties through the public portal of the information system, available at the website of the EEA.

NBMS guarantees the timely provision of up-to-date information through monitoring of animal, plant and fungus species. Due to the lack of sufficient data on the status of the species, it is necessary to implement the schemes for terrain observation of the species as soon as possible. The observations will be carried out by teams provided with special equipment for the purpose.

Another aspect of the problem is that the extensive biodiversity in the country is subject to the impact of a wide range of threats resulting both from human activity and natural processes, occurring in the eco systems. Therefore, it is necessary to have up-to-date information about the status of the species, in order to take adequate measures under the national environmental protection policy and to be able to report on the international commitments of Bulgaria related to preservation of biodiversity.

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