Society "Nature Park Sakar" and DAYKO, held a series of information meetings for NATURA 2000 in the Turkish part of Strandja Mountain
At the end of January Society "Nature Park Sakar", Levka village, Svilengrad municipality and Turkish NGO "DAYKO" from Demirköy held information meetings to promote the European ecological network NATURA 2000. The events held at the end of January in the region of Strandja Mountain in Turkey in İğneada Floodplain Forests National Park- Visitor Center, Beğendik village and Kırklareli - City consil. In the events participates representatives of the İğneada National Park, forest workers, non-governmental organizations, local people, farmers and other stakeholders. Participants were provided with information on three of the potential NATURA 2000 sites in the area- Igneada Forests and Wetlands, Dupnisa Cave and Igneada Wetlands. These potential sites of NATURA 2000 network in Turkey have been identified by the experts from Green Balkans and the Thracian University in Odrin during Field studies and identification of potential NATURA 2000 sites on 25 - 26.10.2017. The construction and principles of NATURA 2000 have prompted serious interest among local people.
Information meetings are part of a Project: “Preparation and promotion of the process of development of European ecological network NATURA2000 in Istranca Mountain CB005.1.12.135 – Interreg IPA CBC Bulgaria - Turkey Programme 2014-2020 of the European Union. The cross-border initiative is implemented in partnership between the two non-governmental organizations and aims to promote NATURA 2000. The aim is to bring local people, stakeholders, scientific organizations and institutions to the knowledge, experience and capacity to use in the process of Turkey's accession to the European Union and the building of the ecological network in the country. As is well known, the existence of a functioning ecological network NATURA 2000 is an obligation of every EU member state.
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The publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union through the Interreg-IPA CBC Bulgaria-Turkey 2014-2020 Programme (CCI No 2014TC16I5CBC005). The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Society “Nature Park Sakar” and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union or the Managing Authority of the Programme.