Europe and We Association, Pomorie, Republic of Bulgaria is pleased to inform you that within the project CB005.2.12. 012 “Joint initiatives for the protection of the European red wood ant from extinction” in the period 20.09.2020 – 22.09.2020 in the province of Kirklareli, Republic of Turkey was held a 3-days training, when were presented the results of the study of the nests of Formica pratensis, implemented on the territory of the Turkish target region under the project.
The event was attended by over 40 representatives of the competent institutions and stakeholders on both sides of the border, as well as the team that conducted the joint study. During the training the result of the field work was presented and discussed, the opportunities and threats to the population of European red wood ants in Strandzha region and common environmental problems and solutions in the Bulgarian-Turkish border region were discussed, issues related to the biodiversity and common natural resources protection. Valuable experience was shared during the practical visits to some of the nests marked during the study. Given the essential role of Formica pratensis for the state of the ecosystem in Strandzha, the conservation of the species is crucial.
Project CB005.2.12.012 “Joint initiatives to protect the European red wood ant from extinction” aims to determine the status of the European red wood ant in the cross-border area by identifying the number and distribution of their nests and as a result to develop a joint action plan with a proposal for a conservation program. The project lasts 15 months and is implemented in partnership by the “Europe and We” Association and DAYKO – Foundation for Environmental Protection, Republic of Turkey, co-financed by the cross-border program INTERREG-IPA Bulgaria – Turkey CCI No 2014TC16I5CB005.