ABERON LTD. provides technical assistance to the Agricultural University of Plovdiv (AU - Plovdiv) for the implementation of the project "Environmental Management Enhancement by Youth-run SMEs" - EnvironmentYou, funded by the Cross-Border Cooperation Program INTERREG V-A Greece - Bulgaria 2014-2020.
The EnvironmentYou project focuses on the successful dissemination and effective implementation of environmental management systems (EMS) in small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the field of agriculture, led by young people in the cross-border area between Greece and Bulgaria.
The activities of the EnvironmentYou project aim to build an ecological business culture and to promote the principles of sustainable development among young professionals. The aim of the project is to initiate the process of transition of the business from the approach "only for profit" to the process of protection and enrichment of natural resources and the environment. This approach will ensure the preservation of the ecological capital of the region, while at the same time creating a solid foundation for strong and sustainable economic growth. The overall goal is to cultivate an environmentally responsible business culture among young people in the cross-border region, focusing on enterprises working with soil and water resources, and in particular those close to or falling within Natura 2000 protected areas.
Integrated Disaster Risk Management Plan for Varna Region
EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK
Framework agreement to support EIB advisory services (EIBAS) activities inside and outside EU-28
Lot 1: Environment Integrated Disaster Management Plan for the Varna region (TA2019007 BG HUB)
The overall objective of this assignment is the modernisation of the disaster risk management for Varna region through the provision of a comprehensive DRM plan and identification of investment needs. To ensure these objectives, two complimentary approaches set out in the Ready2Respond framework developed by the World Bank’s Global Practice – Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience and the EU’s Risk Management Capability Assessment Guidelines (2015/C 261/03) are going to be implemented.
Diagnosis will be based on desk review and involve exploratory interviews/workshops with the regional authorities and local and regional stakeholders. Analytical work will be complemented by interviews with all stakeholders in Varna Region including key actors, such as the Fire Safety and Protection of the Population Regional Directorate to the MoI, the Emergency Medical Care Centre, the Red Cross, the Port of Varna, the airport, the Regional Road Agency, resulting in a Gap analysis, identifying the capacity building needs and investment priorities for specialized equipment.
The benchmarking activities in Marseille and Suffolk will identify case study examples and will assist Varna in reducing the risks to its Citizens following the best European examples. A seminar with all stakeholders running for worst case scenarios will provide final evidences to support a suite of recommendations in a final report, and detailed investment programme. The recommendations will clearly identify key capacity building and investment needs, prioritising these and grouping them into short, medium, and long-term actions.
Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and water pollution in agricultural regions (6JRC/IPR/2019/OP/0394)
ABERON is consortium partner of the Slovenian company LIMNOS for this assignment. Two pilot case studies will be developed in depth, in order to build a homogeneous base of evidence about the practical feasibility, effectiveness and limitations of NBS to address a variety of agricultural water management issues. This base of evidence, together with the broad literature and other examples already known in Europe and elsewhere, will be used for a research synthesis aimed at a generalized assessment at European scale, and production of policy recommendations.
LIMNOS and Aberon are working under LOT 1 “Treatment of wastewater sludge or manure from livestock in a Nordic or Alpine environment” and LOT 2 “Treatment of wastewater sludge in a continental environment”.
ABERON is analysing the direct and indirect benefits of the NBS in both Lots, including case study data collection and analyses, Investment costs analysis, O&M cost analysis, Cost recovery analysis and Elaboration on the costs analysis.
Update National Methodology for Flood Hazard and Risk Mapping (FHRM)
WORLD BANK GROUP - Bulgaria River Basin and Flood Risk Management Plans preparation support (ID: P167719)
ABERON is part of the consortium JBA/ABERON/DELTARES awarded by the World Bank Group to update the National Methodology for Flood and Hazard Risk Mapping in Bulgaria.
The development of FHRM under the 1st cycle was done based on the national Methodology for estimation of flood hazard and flood risk, according to the requirements of Directive 2007/60/EU (in short FHRM Methodology). The methodology was developed by NIMH and endorsed in April 2013. Cycle 1 in Bulgaria reported on fluvial and coastal risks, but no assessment of pluvial or climate change induced risks were considered.
For the 2nd cycle of Floods Directive the Bulgarian authorities aim to improve the FHRM Methodology in order to correspond to the present and future flood related challenges, like increased frequency of pluvial and flash floods, coastal flooding, climate change influence, recent best practices as well as to take into consideration the planned improvements in the national monitoring network.
ABERON is responsible for the hydrology part, GIS mapping, stakeholders’ consultation and operational management.
ABERON experts represent Bulgaria in the Management committee of the COST Action LAND4FLOOD (CA16209). The overall objective of the LAND4FLOOD is to connect trans-disciplinary 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 local, regional and catchment levels.
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.
More on: www.land4flood.eu