Urbanization and climate changes have direct impacts on ecosystems and the services they provide to society, thus influencing human well-being and health. Urban sprawl may conflict with ecosystem services, e.g. enhancing water-related stresses and risks of, e.g., droughts and floods, with significant economic, environmental and societal impacts. Such hydro-climatic extremes and their societal impacts are evident around the world. East Africa is a region with highly vulnerable populations to frequent floods and droughts. To achieve long-term sustainable solutions to such water-related risks and problems, we need to understand and plan for the feedback mechanisms between population expansion and associated land-use changes and their impacts on ecosystem services. The potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate these risk and problems in urban development under climate change needs to be considered and accounted for in spatial planning and management strategies.
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The project conception shares the willingness of the farmers to protect the environment and also their concern to develop their skills, modernize and increase the profitability of their enterprises by reaching EU and international markets. Hence, BalkanROAD will provide tools and policies for economic development, through the adoption of environment protective practices which is a strong motivation for farmers to adopt and implement project’s outcomes.
BalkanROAD has two orientations, which will be combined and integrated into a Balkan Roadmap and are anticipated to open new trade horizons for Balkan agricultural products, boosting also local and national economies; namely:
- to improve Balkan agricultural environment by developing strategies, methodologies and technologies for natural resources conservation (soil, water, air), reduction of GHGs, reduction of waste generation/disposal and increase recycling/reuse ratio in farm systems;
- to develop a common Balkan Protocol for the production of eco-labeled agricultural products, by putting in force sustainable practices throughout the entire production line (i.e from the field to the market) so that the final products will have measurable, comparable and ultimately the lowest possible environmental footprint.
A broader stakeholders’ network has already been established, namely “ROAD for Balkan Agriculture”, who are ready to follow project’s outcomes, express their point of view during transnational dialogue events and diffuse data and information to the wider agricultural, market and societal networks, in which they belong.
ABERON OOD supports the Association of Agro-Environmental Farmers, Project Partner, in the BalkanROAD project implementation and namely in data assessment and processing and development of strategies.
Mrs. Cveta Dimitrova represents Bulgaria in the Management committee of the COST Action LAND4FLOOD. The Action will be implemented from 2018 to 2021.
In 2016, EPSILON BULGARIA OOD in partnership with POVVIK commenced implementation of environmental assessments, conformity assessments and SWOT analyses of the Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) in East Aegean Region and in Black Sea Region.
EPSILON BULGARIA will use and apply the experience gained during the development of the FRMP in Danube Region to identify and analyze the strengths and potential weaknesses of the FRMPs in East Aegean and Black Sea Regions, and also the opportunities which will help to achieve the goals and threatens that must be overcome.