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“Upgrading distributed scientific infrastructure “Bulgarian Network for Long-Term Ecosystem Research (LTER-BG)”

The Bulgarian National Long-term ecosystem research network (LTER-Bulgaria) is starting the project “Upgrading the distributed scientific infrastructure”. The project has been launched with an online kick-off meeting on January 21, 2021.

The aim of LTER-BG is to streamline collection of scientific information on biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of the ecosystems and their services. The existing scientific infrastructure will be upgraded and will enable extending the range of standard observations from centralized activities and distributed physical infrastructure. Data will be collected from seven observation sites in Bulgaria: Petrohan-Ponor, Black Sea, Mesta River, Sozopol – Black Sea, Srebarna and Parangalitsa. One new socio-ecological platform in Belasitsa Mountain’s Castanea Sativa forests was established. The selected sites represent most of the major ecosystem types in Bulgaria – several forest types, marine and coastal ecosystems, rivers and wetlands.

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) coordinates the project. The University of Forestry, Sofia, the Institute of Oceanology “Fritjof Nansen” – BAS and the Forest Research Institute - BAS are the consortium partners. The project is implemented within the National Roadmap for Research Infrastructure (2020-2027) and the financial support from the Ministry of Education and Science. More information on the website.

Coordinator:
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research – BAS
Contact person: Assoc. Prof. Svetla Bratanova-Doncheva, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Partners:
University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria
Assoc. Prof. Sonya Damayanova, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Institute of Oceanology – BAS
Assoc. Prof. Kremena Stefanova, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Forest Research Institute – BAS
Prof. Miglena Zhiyanski, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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