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ESENIAS-TOOLS project

 

 

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Project title: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS)

 

Funding:

Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014

 

Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

 

Call: BG03.01: Invasive alien species networking for information exchange and capacity building

 

Project Promoter:

 

Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS)

 

Project Partners:

 

Partner 1. Executive Environment Agency with the Ministry of Environment and Water (Bulgaria) (ExEA)

 

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Partner 2. National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria) (NMNH-BAS)

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Partner 3. Institute of Oceanology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)(IO-BAS)

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Partner 4. Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece) (HCMR)

 

Partner 5. Croatian Agency for Environment and Nature (CAEN) - former State Institute for Nature Protection (Croatia)

 

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Partner 6. University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences (Serbia) (UNS PMF)

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Partner 7. “Ovidius” University of Constanta (Romania) (UOC)

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Partner 8. Duzce University (Turkey) (DU)

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Partner 9. Reykjavik University (Iceland) (RU)

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Partner 10. Hydrobiological Institute Ohrid (Republicof Macedonia) (HIO)

 

Project duration:

 

30 June 2015 - 30 April 2017

 

Project main goal:

 

Networking and development of invasive alien species tools within the frame of ESENIAS in order to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria.

 

Project objectives:

 

1. To develop the necessary technical infrastructure and tools within ESENIAS to support the management of IAS in Bulgaria;

2. To strengthen the regional cooperation within ESENIAS to ensure early detection and rapid response against IAS;

3. To raise the public awareness and gain wide support for combating IAS in Bulgaria;

4. To develop networking and cooperation with other IAS databases and gateways at national, regional and European level.

 

Working groups (WG)

 

WG1: Database development and organisation (Bulgaria, IBER-BAS)

WG2: Data collection, analysis, standardisation and harmonisation on alien marine species (Greece, HCMR)

WG3: Data collection, analysis, standardisation and harmonisation on alien freshwater species (Croatia, CAEN)

WG4: Data collection, analysis, standardisation and harmonisation on alien plant and fungi species (Serbia, UNS PMF)

WG5: Data collection, analysis, standardisation and harmonisation on alien terrestrial invertebrate species (Bulgaria, IBER-BAS)

WG6: Data collection, analysis, standardisation and harmonisation on alien terrestrial vertebrate species (Romania, UOC)

WG7: IAS research, management and legislation review (Bulgaria, IBER-BAS)

WG8: Capacity building  (Bulgaria, IBER-BAS)

WG9: Awareness raising (Bulgaria, NMNH-BAS)

WG10: Networking and dissemination of project results (Turkey, DU)

 

Case Studies

 

Case study 1: Biological and ecological traits of invasive alien freshwater mussels in Bulgaria (Bulgaria – Italy)

Case study 2: Comparative study on the effect of hydrological regime on the distribution of the invasive diatom Didymosphenia geminata in extreme environments (Icelandic rivers and lakes, and Bulgarian high-mountain lakes) (Iceland – Bulgaria)

Case study 3: Assessment of the impact of alien species on the biodiversity and endemism of ancient Balkan lakes (Lake Ohrid case study) (R. Macedonia – Bulgaria)

Case study 4: Estimating dispersal routes for IAS (Romania – Bulgaria).

 

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