The project ”Building Capacity of Non-governemental Organizations, Youtsh and Citizens for Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Strenghtenting the Monitoring Skills and Advocacy of Policies for Regional Sustainable Development” bearing the shorter name “GIS – Green citizens, Information systems, Saved nature” is funded by the NGO Program in Bulgaria under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. http://www.ngogrants.bg/
The duration of the project is one year, starting at 12.02.2014 and finishing on 12.02.2015
The project is being implemented by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation in partnership with Norwegian Environmental Agency (Miljødirektoratet), in this way providing continuation of the cooperation between BBF and the Department for Nature Management(now part ofMiljødirektoratet).
The project budget is 49 438 euros, 44 348 euro of which are provided by the the NGO Program in Bulgaria under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and 5090 euros are own contribution of the project partners.
The project target groups are youths (students in the fields of nature studies, but not limited only to this), NGOs working in the field of nature conservation, as well as all active, environmentallyaware citizens – the potential future users of the publically accessible results of the project.
The goal of the project is to increase the monitoring and advocacy skills of NGOs, youths and citizens in the field of sustainable spatial development through supporting the process of establishment of a link among the basic GIS operational skills and advocacy and monitoring of sustainable development policies.
The project implementation will secure public access to spatial data and increase of the capacity for monitoring and advocacy in the field of nature protection with the use of freely accessible modern technologies through:
Inventory and processing of the BBF spatial data and creation of unified and well-structured spatial data base;
Development of web based platform for public access to the BBF spatial data base;
Conduction of Training for youths for monitoring and advocacy through utilization of spatial data (consists of two parts);
Conduction of Training for NGO representatives for work with spatial data and its utilization in monitoring of the territorial development;
Conduction of Training for development and work with web-based GIS platform;
Integration of the Norwegian experience and expertise in the field of utilization of GIS for civic advocacy and monitoring of policies for sustainable, nature friendly development.The participation of the Norwegian Environmental Agency will secure the transfer of expertise in the concept for provision of public access to spatial data through the web-based services and in the conduction of the training and will also help for the reduction of the inequality in use of GIS data for monitoring and advocacy of sustainable development policies between Bulgaria and Norway.