About The Project

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

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Opening press conference of the project " SOS for endangered traditional varieties of vines"

Opening press conferences was held in on 09.05.2018 Sandanski, Bulgaria and on 10.05.2018  Thessaloniki, Greece of the project "SOS for endangered traditional varieties of vines

The VineSOS project addresses the main problems and challenges in the Greek-Bulgarian cross-border area, related to the local biodiversity and vine varieties, especially those within Natura 2000 sites.

The high level of local biodiversity is threatened by the loss of genetic resources due to climate change and human activities related to agriculture, tourism and urban development. Local vine varieties, notwithstanding the fact that they demonstrate excellent adaptation to the microenvironment, are threatened by reduction or even disappearance as a result of the introduction of new vari

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Target group
Main target groups and final beneficiaries under the project will be: national, regional and local relevant authorities working in the field of environment protection, biodiversity protection, agriculture, viticulture; protected areas management bodies; research institutes; environmental NGOs; branch organizations; local population – farmers, vine growers in the eligible area of BG and GR. The target groups will benefit not only directly from the project activities, but in a long term after the project implementation, using all developed outputs. Read more

Project Activities

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 exter

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Online training
Filling quests and and answering questions.
You will receive info about your knowledge in the field of grape .

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About the program

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.

Eligible area

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.


The Greece-Bulgaria cros
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