Current Projects

YEAR: 2017-2018

Following the completion in 2017 of two feasibility studies in the Danube region concerning the development of innovative, integrated solutions for wastewater treatment, the Joint Research Center to the EC assigned Mrs. Cveta Dimitrova to conduct an expert assessment on the applicability of the wastewater solutions in three pilot agglomerations (Gabrovo, Veliko Tarnovo and Razgrad) in Bulgaria. In the Danube region cases, opportunities of water, energy and nutrient recovery were analyzed for a set of treatment technologies. A business model has been developed with a financial assessment and a definition of revenues that make the business sustainable.

Currently, we are working on the quantification of costs of systematic implementation of wastewater treatment as well as the corresponding reductions of pollution loads, and the social, economic, financing, governance, capacity and cultural aspects that may hamper or favour the applicability of the different solutions.
The final results will be compiled and communicated to the EC by the end of April 2018.




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.

The overall objective of the LAND4FLOOD is to connect transdisciplinary research with real world policy formulation and decision-making. By bringing together different scientific disciplines and involving multiple stakeholder groups the COST Action will make theoretical and practical knowledge available to support the implementation of flood risk reduction solutions on (private) land at the local, regional and catchment levels. This overall objective shall be reached through the following actions:

Developing a multi-stakeholder knowledge exchange platform: The mobilization of land for flood risk reduction demands a broad scientific and practical knowledge base. Building on a recently established network of academics and practitioners, this COST Action aims to build a comprehensive understanding of the interrelations between land and water in flood risk management by developing a multi-stakeholder knowledge exchange platform. To this end, the LAND4FLOOD brings together a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and actively involves different actor groups with a practical stake in developing land-use based solutions in flood risk management. Among others, these include landowners and landowner representatives, practitioners such as water engineers as well as policy makers and non-governmental actors.

YEAR: 2016

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.

YEAR: 2015 - 2017

EPSILON BULGARIA OOD, implements a project under programe BG03.02 – „Ecosystem services mapping and assessment“ funded under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (2009-2014).

EPSILON BULGARIA OOD and Kartgeo OOD are partners of the Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, ‘Ecology and Environmental Protection’ Department under project titled “Ecosystem services mapping and assessment of heathland and shrubs ecosystems in Bulgaria (outside NATURA 2000)". The project aims at mapping and assessment of shrubs and heathlands and their services on the whole territory of Bulgaria and outside of NATURA 2000.

YEAR: 2015 - 2019

Project details: EPSILON BULGARIA OOD together with twelve other public and private organisations from EU will perform the RAWFIE project. The project proposal is submitted under HORIZON 2020 topic H2020-ICT-2014-1: FIRE+ (Future Internet Research & Experimentation).

The European Commission evaluated the project proposal with score 13 from 15. After the impressive results from evaluation the grant agreement was signed on 18 November 2014. The duration of the project activities is 48 months.

YEAR: 2015


In 2015, EPSILON BULGARIA OOD, as a leader, in partnership with HR Wallingford Ltd. implemented a project titled „Development of a Flood Risk Management Plan in the Danube Region for Water Basin Management” funded by OP Environment 2007-2013.