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.
The project envisages the organization of a “Legislative” workshop with 20 representatives of local relevant authorities for the development of recommendations and measures towards local and national authorities in both countries in accordance to the local grape varieties’ conservation and protection. This activity will support the enhancement of the biodiversity preservation activities in the region. Round table “Technology in practice” for 20 local vine growers, experts and project team - will be organized in order to present the results achieved during the research and to involve local farmers in the biodiversity protection issues.
A Training,Center for Agro-ecological techniques in vine growing will be created providing the opportunity to train both local population and relevant authorities. 8 joint training events will be held during the project implementation for more than 256 persons. The Center will provide e-learning modules as an online service.