CB005.2.12.012 Joint initiatives for the conservation of zonal European red wood ants facing the danger of extinction

In Burgas region a 3-days training was held, during which the result of the study of the nests of Formica pratensis was presented, implemented on the territory of “Strandzha” Nature Park, Bulgaria

“Europe and We” Association, Pomorie, Republic of Bulgaria is pleased to inform you that within the project CB005.2.12.012 “Joint initiatives for protection of the European red wood ant from extinction” in the period 25.09.2020 – 27.09.2020 in Burgas region a 3-days training was held, during which the result of the study of the nests of Formica pratensis was presented, implemented on the territory of “Strandzha” Nature Park, Bulgaria.
The event was attended by over 40 representatives of the competent institutions and stakeholders on both sides of the border, as well as the Bulgarian-Turkish team that conducted the joint study. During the training the results of the field work and laboratory studies were presented and discussed, the opportunities and threats to the population of the European red wood ants in the region of Strandzha were discussed, common problems and solutions related to biodiversity conservation and common natural resources were discussed. Valuable experience was shared during the practical visits to some of the nests marked during the study. At the end of the event, as a result of the discussions, a proposal for concluding a Memorandum of Cooperation for protection of the environment, the common natural resources and biodiversity of Strandzha and the cross-border territory between the two neighboring countries, was discussed and developed. After its finalizing it will be officially signed by the interested parties from the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Turkey.
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 .

In Burgas region a 3-days training was held, during which the result of the study of the nests of Formica pratensis was presented, implemented on the territory of “Strandzha” Nature Park, Bulgaria

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