The international conference "Mapping and Assessment of freshwater and marine ecosystem services in Bulgaria" was held on 31.03.2017

The international conference "Mapping and Assessment of freshwater and marine ecosystem services in Bulgaria" was held on 31.03.2017 at Hotel Metropolitan, Sofia. The event was organized within the project FEMA, which is carried out with the financial support of the BG03 "Biodiversity and ecosystems" under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. The project is implemented by the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS (IBER-BAS) in partnership with Remote Sensing Application Center – ReSAC, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe – Bulgaria and Club "Economy 2000".

The aim of the conference was to present the progress and results of the project, to exchange experiences, as well as to identify the best practices in mapping and assessment of ecosystem services.

The conference was opened by Assoc. Prof. Anna Ganeva, director of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research. She welcomed the participants and congratulated the project team on the progress in implementation of the project activities. She also wished a successful completion and good results at the end of the project. The program continued with a short presentation on the project, delivered by prof. Yordan Uzunov, IBER - BAS, who is also the project manager. The rest of the presentations were divided into two modules - for freshwater and marine ecosystems and their services. During the presentations the experts presented the approaches used in the mapping of ecosystem types, the methodology for assessing the state of ecosystems conditions and ecosystem services. They also showed concrete examples of geodatabase structure and design and some maps.

The experience of ecosystem services in Romania and Norway was presented during the conference. Dr. Michael Adamesku from the University of Bucharest showed a different assessment approach for ecosystem services which is applied in Romania. He drew attention to the involvement of stakeholders at local and regional level in the process of evaluation of ecosystem services. His colleague Paul Eric Aspholm (Norwegian Institute of bioeconomy, NIBIO) introduced two specific examples for providing ecosystem services - that of the river mussel and that of whale watching tourism.

The presentations can be found under "Presentations"

Below you can see pictures and video from conference

Here you can download the video from the conference in FLV format flash-video


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