On the 20th
of February, 2020 in Forest Research Institute was held an educational course
for the Institute’s employees for working with the Joint Database on the
project “For everyone saved a tree” (FOREST), co-funded by the European Union
through the Interreg-IPA Bulgaria-Serbia Cross-Border Cooperation Program
2014-2020. The course contained three modules:
What characteristics differentiate the most important representatives of conifers and deciduous trees in our country? What are ecosystem services about? Why was NATURA 2000 created? How to understand and put into practice the concepts of “environmental management” and “sustainable management of natural resources”? These are These are just some of the knowledge that the FOREST project’s young participants have gained last weekend (6th-8th of December 2019) on the “International Youth Training Course on Nature Protection and Sustainable Use of Forest Resources” in the city of Etropole.
On November 10, 2019, one of the hills along the road to the Serbian village of Lipovac dawned with hundreds of sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) saplings. Fifty Serbian and Bulgarian youths readily participated in the Afforestation campaign, which took place on November 8th-10th, 2019, as part of the implementation of the activities for the project “For Everyone Saved a Tree” (FOREST). The event was attended by representatives of the coordination teams of the three partner organisations: Youth movement for development of the rural areas in Bulgaria (YMDRAB), Society Innovation Center, NIIT and the Forest Research Institute, BAS. For the purpose of the training, the Leading and the Serbian partner ensured the participation of three Bulgarian and three Serbian foresters and two experts youth workers. The representative of SmartXMedia, contractor under №1-FOREST/27.09.2019 ‘Development of FOREST project’s electronic Joint Database and Website’was invited by the Forest Research Institute to train and assist young people in publishing their photos and texts on the program website and in the Joint Database (https://cbc-forest.org/).
International seminar “Awareness raising and willingness for cooperation of young people for forest protection” under the project “For everyone saved a tree (FOREST)” was held on October 4, 2019 in the town of Niš, Republic of Serbia. Forest Research Institute – BAS participated in the event as a project partner together with the Youth Rural Development Movement in Bulgaria (Botevgrad) and the NIIT Society Inovation Center (Niš, Serbia).