Project Number – MIS 5016383
Priority axis 2 - A Sustainable and Climate adaptable Cross-Border area
Investment priorities 6d - Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure
Intervention fields 085. Protection and enhancement of biodiversity, nature protection and green infrastructure
Call 2nd Call for proposals under priority axes 2 & 4
Lead Beneficiary Regional Forest Directorate - Kardzhali
Beneficiaries Forest Research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Science
Management Body of Dadia – Lefkimi – Soufli Forest National Park
Start Date Oct 06, 2017
End Date Dec 05, 2020
Budget 459.652,00 €
ERDF Contribution 390.704,20 €
National Contribution 68.947,80 €
The project is focused on the application of entomopathogenic fungus E. maimaiga as environmental safe biocontrol agent providing: significant reductions of economic losses caused by the selected model pests in the border forestry, increased resilience of forest ecosystems to biotic and abiotic factors, much lower risks to the environment and human health, tools for risk assessment and management minimizing chemical treatments.

The general project objective is the prompt and effective protection and safeguard of the flora and fauna from biological and human danger and the prevention and minimization of the negative impact of possible disasters. It will be reached through integrated innovative methods for forest protection by using natural pest control and the developed common CBC polices for fighting biohazards; improved qualification and instrumentation of the competent authorities to carry out interventions of preservation, protection and monitoring of biodiversity systems and increased public awareness of the problems and policies for balanced biodiversity protection.

The project's scientific research and innovations will be valuable also for all the forest Directorates, eco-organizations, municipalities, national authorities and academic institutions on local, national and EU level.

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