The GIS platform providing free access to spatial data of BBF was presented at 30 of January, 2015 in front of a diverse audience with a significant interest in the theme. The GIS platform was developed as part of the implementation of „Project GIS“ BG05/586 ”Building Capacity of Non-governmental Organizations, Youths and Citizens for Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Strengthening the Monitoring Skills and Advocacy of Policies for Regional Sustainable Development”, funded by the NGO Program in Bulgaria under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. The implementation of the project and the development of the GIS platform were done in a partnership with the Norwegian Environment Agency.
On 30 January 2015 in the conference room of hotel "Gloria Palace", at 13:00 o’clock the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation will present a web-base GIS platform that provides public access to spatial information for five areas in Bulgaria, in which the foundation is actively working. The platform is developed as part of "GIS project" – BG05/586 "Building Capacity of Non-governmental Organizations, Youths and Citizens for Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Strengthening the Monitoring Skills and Advocacy of Policies for Regional Sustainable Development", funded by the NGO Program in Bulgaria under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009 – 2014. More information for the NGO Program in Bulgaria under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009 – 2014.
The “Training for development and work with web-based GIS platform”, was conducted in the period of 1-5 of December, 2014 in Sofia. The event took place in hall Sofia of SOHO – the Holistic Co-working Company in the city of Sofia. The training is part of the GIS project: Green citizens, Information systems, Saved nature” conducted by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation in cooperation with the Norwegian Environment Agency and with the financial support of the Financial mechanism of EEA for 2009-2014.
Thirteen people took part in the training – representatives of six NGOs including representatives of BBF and one municipal representative. The training was led by the Bulgarian main GIS expert of the project – Mr. Ljubomir Filipov in close collaboration with Mr. Ragnvald Larsen – GIS expert and representative of the Norwegian Environment Agency – the project partner organization.
Every year during the month of November the world celebrates the day of the Geographic information systems. The event supports the popularization of the geospatial technologies and provides a possibility for experience exchange and sharing of development achievements in the field of GIS.
The official opening of this year’s celebration of the GIS day in Bulgaria will be at the 19th of November in hotel Sheraton, Sofia at 10.00 o’clock. The official organizer of the event is “ESRI Bulgaria” in partnership with Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, National Society of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria, Foundation for Local Government Reform, Bulgarian Green Building Council, Union of the Architects in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Water Association, Bulgarian Association of Software Companies, Bulgarian Academy of Science, University of Architecture, Civic Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgarian Cartography Association, Green Blakans, Union of the Scientists in Bulgaria. “Construction City” is the media partner of the event.
The program of the event includes presentations of what is new in the field of GIS, current GIS projects and presentation of contemporary academic GIS researches. Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation will take part in the event with presentation of the GIS project, funded by the NGO Program in Bulgaria, under the Financial Mechanism of the EEA 2009-2014.
We have the pleasure to invite 5 NGO representatives, working in the field of environmental protection to take part in the training. The training will be conducted in the period of 1-5 of December, in Sofia. The NGO representatives willing to participate should be actively working with GIS and should have at least 3 years of experience in creation of GIS for the needs of environmental protection projects. Good level of understanding of English would be useful as well since part of the training will be led by our Norwegian colleague and GIS expert from the project partnership organization – the Norwegian Environment Agency – Mr. Ragnvald Larsen.
During the period 03-05.11.2014 the village of Socolitza hosted the “Training for NGO representatives for work with spatial data and its utilization for the needs of monitoring of the territorial development”. The training is part of Project BG05/586 „GIS: Green Citizens, Information Systems, Saved Nature “, implemented by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation in partnership with the Norwegian Environment Agency and the financial support of the NGO Program in Bulgaria under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.
The second part of the “Training for monitoring and advocacy through the utilization of spatial data for youth and students“ was successfully implemented in the city of Kazanlak. Nineteen students and youth who participated in the first part of the training got acquainted with the basis of working with GIS and spatial data as well as the utilization of the aforementioned for the needs of conduction of civic monitoring and advocacy for policies for regional sustainable development.
We are happy to announce that three new, young and active people have been accepted in the BBF team as trainees. Kristijan Aleksandrov, Katrin Tomova and Nadya Pavlova integrated with ease in the working atmosphere of the Foundation executing various tasks related with different project activities, implemented by BBF.
During the period of 02-08.06.2014 part of the Bulgarian project team had the opportunity to participate in a study visit to Norway for exchange of know-how and integration of the Norwegian knowledge into the project implementation.
The Norwegian Environmental Agency - a project partner of Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) in the “GIS” project, organized and hosted the study visit which resulted into a series of interesting and valuable meetings with useful insides and information.
The website which was specially designed for the needs of Project “GIS – Green citizens, Information systems, Saved nature” is already active and accessible through the following address”www.gis.biodiversity.bg