Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Assessment


Development of a National System for Monitoring Biodiversity and Protected Areas in Bulgaria

Within this project ECNC helped to establish a National Biodiversity Monitoring System (NBMS) in Bulgaria. The purpose of the NBMS is to provide timely and reliable information about the state of biodiversity on a genetic, species and habitat level on the main kinds of ecosystems in Bulgaria. It identifies the adverse impact of human activity and warns about possible adverse consequences for biodiversity in Bulgaria. The NBMS enables an evaluation of the effectiveness of national nature conservation policy and the execution of timely measures to prevent biodiversity loss. The development of the NBMS also provided an opportunity to integrate the accomplishments of EU legislation and internationally ratified conventions and agreements on European and global scale.

Time frame

2004 - 2005


This project was funded by the EVD (Agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs), within the framework of the PSO Pre-Accession programme (PPA). This programme aims to assist the candidate member states in Central and Eastern Europe in meeting the criteria for EU membership through projects dealing with the implementation of European legislation.


Outputs and background information of this project can be found on the National Biodiversity Monitoring System's website.