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Tortoise Conservation in Bulgaria

 

 

 

 

Gea Chelonia Foundation: Tortoise Conservation in Bulgaria

Projects

 

The Swiss tortoise organization Schildkroteninteressen gemeinschaft Schweiz (SIGS) is our partner in the project Bulgarian - Swiss partnership for development of the Gea Chelonia Foundation Tortoise centre, supported by a grant from Switzerland through the Partnership and Expert Fund. Both partners worked to increase the effectiveness and role of the Tortoise Centre as a rescue, tourist and scientific centre. As a result we applied its experience in the following areas: housing, breeding and rehabilitation of turtles; optimization of the infrastructure related to the work with tortoises and meeting tourists; development and offering herpetological tourism, attracting tourists and scientific experts in the field of the chelonian conservation. read more


In 2012 the Small Grants Project of the Global Ecological Facility approved the project “Sustainable practices contributing to tortoise protection in Eastern Balkan Mountain, Tortoise Center, Banya village”. It is addressed both directions - development and promotion of a tourist product friendly to preservation of global significant species and alternative energy use for reducing the air polution. read more

Second project was supported in 2010 by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). It is aimed to to investigate using radio-telemetry technology the adaptation success of previously confiscated, subsequently relocated Spur-tailed tortoises ( Testudo hermanni boettgeri ) after their rehabilitation and quarantine period in the Tortoise Centre, and to train a team for further annual monitoring. read more

On November 2009 our team launched the project "Eminska Mountain - a model for sustainable development and nature protection in the Central Black Sea coastal region", with financial support of the NGO Fund through the EEA Financial Mechanism. The project covers Priority Area 1: Protecting the environment and stimulating sustainable development. read more


Eminska Mountain view
In July 2009 the GCF project "Capacity building for protection of biodiversity in Eminska Mountain" was approved under "A place to live 2009" Program of the EkoObshtnost Foundation. read more

In April 2009 GCF has started the implementation of the project "Conservation of land tortoises and their habitats in the Eastern Eminska Mountains, through direct conservation measures, sustainable ecotourism development and popularization of the activities" with the finansial support of the Small Grants Project of the Global Ecological Facility. read more

 

Two new projects were supported in 2008 by the Rufford Small Grant (RSG) and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). They are aimed to contribute for land tortoises’ survival in the Bulgarian Black Sea region, respectively North and South coast, prevent direct destruction by removing specimen from the most threatened sites and help to designate a new protected area, based on long-term tortoise conservation measures.


RSG supported the GCF’s project “Conservation measures of globally endangered land tortoises: Spur-thighed and Spur-tailed (Testudo graeca ibera and Testudo hermanni boettgeri) in the Black Sea Coast Region, Bulgaria”. read more


PTES supported the GCF’s project “Conservation measures of land tortoises: Spur-thighed and Spur-tailed (Testudo graeca ibera and Testudo hermanni boettgeri) in the Black Sea Coast Region, Bulgaria". read more


During the active tortoise season in 2007, GCF carried out its first official project, financed by the emergency fund of the Bulgarian Biodiversity Fund (BBF). read more