Project: “Enhancing biodiversity through sustainable management and protection of rare species habitat in Nestos and Ardas rivers and the Rodopi Mountain Range”, acronym WILD LIFE FOR EVER, funded by the cross-border Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Greece - Bulgaria 2014-2020 / https://www.greece-bulgaria.eu /

The project was implemented in the period 10.11.2017 - 31.12.2021 г. by seven partners from Greece and Bulgaria - public and non-governmental organizations involved in the implementation of regional and national policies for biodiversity conservation:

  • Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Greece
  • Decentralized Administration of Macedonia & Thrace, Greece
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Xanthi, Greece
  • Hellenic Ornithological Society, Greece
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Xanthi, Bulgaria
  • Foundation "Arbitra", Bulgaria

The main goal of the project is to contribute to the implementation of policies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the cross-border region of the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Bulgaria, along the rivers Mesta, Arda and the Rhodopes. More detailed information on the implementation of the project is published on the official website of the project: http://www.wildlife4ever.eu

Arbitra Foundation organized an action to clean up polluted areas along the Arda River, developed biodiversity databases, a risk assessment model, and strategies for the protection of protected species. A video tutorial on biodiversity conservation was developed and disseminated to primary and secondary schools in the cross-border area. Events with stakeholders on biodiversity issues were organized, as well as the designation of tourist trails with information on protected species and habitats.