The project mainly addresses common challenges and problems in the CB-area, related to the local biodiversity and vine varieties, especially those in Natura 2000 sites. The high level of local biodiversity is threatened by undesirable loss of genetic material due to climate change and human activities related to agricultural, tourism and urban development. Reduction or even disappearance of many local vine genotypes is the result of the contemporary wine production and the introduction of new varieties over the past years. Despite the introduction of foreign varieties, local ones have excellent adaptation to the microenvironment and their cultivation is contributing to the sustainability of natural resources in local level.
Being part of one local eco-system, the vine varieties in the CB-area are not biologically influenced by the administrative borders.
Their protection and conservation requires common measures and activities, which is the approach that this project provides. The project activities include:
– joint DNA analysis and research, joint trainings and workshops for representatives of the target group and the development of an Integrated Strategy for management of local biodiversity in terms of traditional vines.
The project will add high CB-value to the local management of eco-systems through the development of joint recommendations to relevant authorities and through the implementation of joint pilot actions such as the development of experimental fields for traditional vines and a specialized Ampelographic book. One of the main project activities will support the long term conservation and protection of local vines through the launching of the procedure for Protected Designation of Origin. This will contribute to the spread of traditional vine populations of both CB-regions , giving them unique identification and image, not only in national, but in a world level,
The main project objective is to promote and enable the long term conservation of vines, especially those in Natura 2000 and moreover to improve the conservation status of local vine varieties; to analyze and sustain local species through joint scientific work
Under the project we will create the identity of the project, deliver messages and involve all stakeholders in the implementation process. The envisaged activities will promote the project objective and aims. We will inform the target groups and beneficiaries about the opportunities to participate in different events, trainings and scientific workshops. The local population will be informed regarding the benefits of environmental interventions within the action and how could local people contribute to preserve the endangered vine varieties. The Lead Beneficiary Executive Agency on Vine and Wine will ensure the coordination, management and general implementation of the entire project. There will be organization of local events and information of the target groups and media.
The project activities will also include the implementation of scientific research and organoleptic analysis of local vine varieties in parallel with individual meetings with the local population (farmers) and 2 workshops with the external experts hired. Relevant experts will collect samples from the fields of the CB area and will submit the material to specialized labs for DNA-analysis. The aim is to locate, recorde, extract genotypes and investigate the organoleptic characteristics of the local vine varieties. The study will be implemented with the participation of all project partners. The results can have significant importance for the biodiversity conservation in the CB-region. Local traditional vine varieties can be an adequate response to the climate change and market orientation adaptation. Research and DNA-identification of grape varieties and proof of similarity between varieties in different regions; correlation of regional types of soil and local grapes (DNA analysis of grape and soil) will be elaborated. 2 Experimental fields will be developed as a pilot action for protection and ensuring the long term existence of the traditional vines in both regions.
An Ampelographic book will be developed with all relevant information regarding the cultivation of vines. It will contain not only the endangered varieties, but all local vine varieties from the BG and GR eligible area, forming a complete vine-identity of the region. Guidelines for sustainable agricultural practices will be developed and printed in BG, Greece and Braille in order to seize a larger number of stakeholders.read more
The Cooperation Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020” was approved by the European Commission on 09/09/2015 by Decision C(2015) 6283.
The total budget (ERDF and national contribution) for the European Territorial Programme “Greece-Bulgaria 2007-2013” is €129,695,572.00 .The total financing consists of €110.241.234,00 (85%) ERDF funding and €19.434.338,00 (15%) national contribution.
The eligible area of the Programme consists of the Region of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace (Regional Units of Evros, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi and Drama) and the Region of Central Macedonia (Regional Units of Thessaloniki and Serres) in Greece and the South-Central Planning Region and South-West Planning Region (Districts of Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Kardjali and Haskovo) in Bulgaria.