Defining and extending the network of maritime protected areas

Defining and extending the network of maritime protected areas

Available Funding: 
11 734 980 BGN or € 6 000 000.

The purpose of the CfP is to contribute to the completion of the "Natura 2000" network in Bulgaria's maritime areas. The CfP addresses the need to map and register conservation areas in the maritime space of Bulgaria. In the 2007-2013 only conservation areas on the land territory of Bulgaria were mapped. The habitats and species need to be mapped, so that their environmental status can be preserved. The mapping provides information for the purposes of the assessment of the compliance of investment intentions with goals and tasks of maritime preservation efforts. In addition the mapping will provide base data for the monitoring of biological diversity. 

This call for proposals provides an opportunity for the upgrade of the achieved results under OP “Environment” 2007-2013 through the implementation of measures for the mapping and definition of the environmental status of habitats and species in the framework of Natura 2000 in the maritime spaces of Bulgaria. In addition the call for proposals will contribute to the update of the available information system for the protected areas.

Eligible Applicants: 

National Nature Protection Service to the Ministry of Environment and Waters. The terms of reference define a single specific beneficiary, eligible for this call for proposals. There are no eligible partners that can enter into a consortium with the National Nature Protection Service for the purposes of the CfP.

Project Length: 

The maximum project length under this CfP is 60 months, whereby the deadline for the physical completion of the project is 54 months from the date of the issue of the grant order and the remaining 6 months are reserved for the Managing Authority to conclude the technical documentation for the project.
The deadline for submitting applications is 30/12/2016. Participants will be informed of the results within 90 days after the submission of the project application.

Further Financing Information: 

The total amount of funding that can be distributed through this CfP is 11 734 980 BGN or 6 000 000 EUR (VAT included). The grant can cover up to 100% of the project eligible expenditures, whereby 85% are provided by the ERDF and 15% are national co-financing.

For more Information: 

The call for proposals along with all annexes can be found here . The documentation is available only in Bulgarian. The title reference for the call for proposals is BG16M1OP002-3.002 “Defining and extending the network of maritime protected areas” . The project proposals should be submitted via the UMIS system, available at: The Managing Authority for this programme is the Ministry of Environment and Waters of Bulgaria.