LEMIE (Laboratory of Environmental Management and Industrial Ecology), its director Associate Professor George Gaidajis, and its members, are happy to announce that their proposed project “Reinforcing protected areas capacity through an innovative methodology for sustainability – BIO2CARE” on the 2nd call of Interreg Greece – Bulgaria 2014 – 2020, is approved for financing.
The overall goal BIO2CARE project is to reinforce the administrative and networking capacities of managing authorities of protected areas through the development and implementation of an innovative decision making platform. This specific platform will be built upon a methodological framework that is able to evaluate the carrying capacity of a geographically defined region (and a protected area therefore) with anthropogenic activities, taking into consideration the sustainable consumption (ecological footprint), climate change (carbon footprint) and water consumption and management (water footprint). As part of strengthening the management capacity, original and interactive monitoring techniques based on new technologies will be implemented, aiming at reducing illegal activity within the limits of the protected areas, biodiversity monitoring and finally the emergence of the National Park of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace and Nestos Municipality.
Furthermore, BIO2CARE will examine the possibilities of developing symbiotic activities consisting of energy, water and solid waste exchange and recycling between the anthropogenic factors and activities operating within the areas of interest.
As leader of BIO2CARE project, LEMIE would like to thank all the other partners for their contribution on the proposal and to wish a prosperous cooperation for the completion of the project.