Зелени Балкани
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Environment Agency (UBA), Germany
Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Germany
Ministry of Environment and Waters (MoEW), Bulgaria
Green Balkans – Federation of nature-conservation of NGOs
Natura 2000
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Program of study visit in Germany 25 April – 1 May 2010 Project activity 4.

Presenting the best practices for management of Natura 2000 and realization of a study visit in Germany for experts from the target institutions

In the period 25 April – 1 May, 2010, Bulgarian experts from the National Nature Protection Service at the Ministry of Environment and Waters visited a number of German institutions and exchanged experience with colleagues of theirs regarding the management and protection of the European ecological network Natura 2000.  

The Bulgarian delegation had a visit in the Bavarian State Institute of Forestry in Freising, where the following topics were presented: monitoring of species in the forests of Natura 2000, assessment of the conservation status, mapping of habitats and species spread and conservation measures.

The group visited a protected zone according to the Habitats Directive in the middle stream of Isar River. On the field were presented the problems related to the management and control of the Natura 200 territories in Bavaria as well as the measures for maintenance and restoration of flood forests and ecosystems. The topics were discussed with a GIS expert and a representative of the local institution responsible for the monitoring and protection of Natura 2000.

The mayor of the town of Kissleg in Baden-Württemberg presented to the Bulgarian experts the undertaken and stipulated measures for protection of Lehrpfad Moor, close to which an industrial zone will be constructed. The appropriate assessment aproval procedure and the assessment of the industrial zone itself were also presented in detail.


Representatives of the forestry service Alb-Donau-Kreis in the region of Mochental presented to the Bulgarian delegation their best practices for close-to-nature forestry and the appliance of the dead wood conception in the forests of Natura 2000.

The mayor of Münsingen presented the delegation with the long term concept for development of ecological tourism in the region.

The Bulgarian group also visited some places in the protected nature territories Schwabische Alb and a former military polygon, which is now a nature preserve. The group was presented with the challenges of local farmers who work to support grassland habitats by pasturing. 

The Bulgarian delegation visited the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in Bonn where the following topics were presented and discussed: central coordination of the work at the BfN for Natura 2000, reporting and development of assessment and mapping methods, data coordination - SDF-database and reporting database, GIS-data management - distribution and range maps, species database, development of reporting and EU working groups. The experts from the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Waters visited the archives for Natura 2000 of BfN and also made presentations regarding Natura 2000 in Bulgaria.

The experts from the State Agency for Environment, Agriculture and Geology in Saxony presented the Bulgarian ecologists with their experience in preparation of Management plans for protected zones from the European ecological network Natura 2000. Open air lectures were made at Pirnaer Elbtal protected zone and at Bastei in Saxonian Switzerland National Park.


The team of Green Balkans and the experts from MoEW give their special thanks for the organization of the study visit to: Dr. Axel Ssymank and his team from the the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation in Bonn, Dr. Dr. Raimund Warnke-Grüttner and his team from the Saxon State Agency for Environment, Agriculture and Geology, Dr.Helge Walentowski, Stefan Müller-Kroehling and their team from Bavarian State Institute of Forestry, Mr. Josef Egginger from the Office of Food, Agriculture and Forestry (AELF) in Erding and Mrs. Kirsten Joas from the Mapping Team Oberbayern at the AELF Ebersberg, Mr. Reinhold Schaal from the Ministry of Rural Areas, Food Supply and Consumer Protection in in Baden-Württemberg, Mrs. Gudrun Biewald from the State Research Center for Environment, Measurements and Nature Conservation in Baden-Württemberg, Mrs. Nittel from Biospharengebiet Schwabische Alb, Mr. Gerhard Stotz – farmer in Biospharengebiet Schwabische Alb, Mr. Mike Münzing – mayor of Münsingen, Mr. Krattenmacher – mayor of Kissleg, Mr. Sieger from the Municipal Council of Ravensburg, Mr. Jurgen Trautner from the Institute for Animal Ecology and Planning and Mr. Tobias Schwarz and Mr. Herrmann from the Forestry Service at Alb-Donau-Kreis    

Programme of the study visit

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