|Town/Region||Eastern Rhodopes Mountain|
|Date||18 Jul 2005|
Both European tortoises are globally threatened, listed in the IUCN Red List (2004) - T. graeca VU A1 cd, T. hermanni LR/nt. Their conservation is a priority and country’s obligation according to international conventions such as the Bern Convention, CITES, Council Directive 92/43/EEC.
The Eastern Rhodopes Mt is known to shelter the densest and compact tortoise population in Bulgaria due to low level of the agricultural intensification, great habitat heterogeneity, milder climate and specific plant associations. The region is therefore considered as very important tortoise reservoir for the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula.
Population density of tortoises at national and regional level is continuously decreasing over the last decades due to:
By carrying a field research we will access the impact of fires as a factor for habitat destruction. The results will be used to propose biodiversity friendly measures for the restoration of the burned areas. By organizing seminars, lectures and media campaign we will raise the regional awareness for the conservation of tortoises. Field checks will be carried to train controlling officers on how to enforce the species protection legislation.
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