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Conservation of natural habitats and sustainable flood risk management in Osam river basin, Bulgaria

The present project aims to study the management problems of Osam river basin, to propose integrated actions for biodiversity conservation and flood prevention and involve the stakeholders active in this field.

Sites for follow-up demonstration actions such as floodplain and river arms restoration, re-forestation or optimization of the land use will be identified within the Natura 2000 sites. The possible actions for habitat restoration and flood mitigation will be assessed in terms of the potential impact on the conservation status and hydro-engineering feasibility. The stakeholders will be involved in the elaboration of Action plan for sustainable flood risk management by workshop and expert meetings. Establishment of Sub-basin commission for Osam river will be proposed and the municipalities will be supported in development of further environmental projects and appropriate utilizing the EU funds in the field of environment.
The project contributes to the implementation of the European policies in regard of the biodiversity conservation (Bird Directive 79/401/EEC, Habitat Directive 92/43/EEC), integrated water management (WFD 2000/60/EEC) and sustainable flood risk management (Floods Directive 2007/60/EEC).