The component is part of the "Green Bulgaria" pillar and aims to effectively manage the National Ecological Network and protect and restore ecosystems and natural habitats and species of European and national importance to stop the loss of biological diversity.
The component includes a total of one (1) reform aimed at building effective structures for the management of "Natura 2000" with appropriate administrative and financial capacity, and two (2) investments.
Investment "Integration of the ecosystem approach and application of nature-based solutions in the protection of protected areas from the Natura 2000 network" is aimed at ensuring quality and modern management of biodiversity and protected areas in Bulgaria by developing specific goals and measures for 255 protected areas, and conservation measures for 86 protected areas and conducting studies, analyses, communication, consulting and capacity building for the implementation of the measures.
- The beneficiary of the program is the Ministry of Environment and Water;
- The total budget of the project is EUR 32 million, of which BGN 30 million is financed by the Recovery and Sustainability Mechanism and BGN 1.9 million is financed by the state budget.
Investment "Restoration of key ecosystems for the climate in implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the objectives of the European Green Pact" aims to contribute to the "green transition" of Bulgaria and implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy until 2030 by restoring the carbon sequestration potential of ecosystems and their ability to produce better services and products, and restoration of key climate ecosystems such as wetlands, freshwater and river ecosystems, bogs and peatlands.
- The beneficiary of the program is the Ministry of Environment and Water, the Directorate "Of National Service for Nature Protection" and the Executive Agency for Forests;
- The total budget of the project is EUR 72 million, of which BGN 62 million is financed by the Recovery and Sustainability Fund and BGN 9 million is financed by the state budget.
You can find updated information about the individual programs for funding under Component 5 of the NPVU here in the "Current European Programs" section.