Orchis Project

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About the Project

Project ORCHIS - Orchids researches, conservation and habitats in Strandzha, CB005.1.12.025 is co-financed by the European union through the INTERREG program CBC-Bulgaria-Turkey IPA 2014-2020 (CCI №2014TC16I5CB005). It is a joint initiative of Demirköy Forestry, Turkey and Non-profit Organization for preservation One Nature, Bulgaria. The project has a duration of 1 year and a budget of 109,456.21 euro.

Plants know no political boundaries which are imposed on the mountain. Although separated by a wall, vascular plants face the same threats and need united efforts to study and protect them. Because of their biological and ecological peculiarities, orchids are suited as an indicator for the condition of the habitats in which they live. The difficulties identifying these species on place exclude them from most monitoring programs and methodologies, therefore orchids often remain unstudied and unprotected. The use of innovative technologies will allow representatives of the target groups to monitor the orchids and their habitat on place, in the mountains that is sparsely populated, with rugged terrain and incomplete Internet coverage.

The main objective of Project ORCHIS is to improve the capacity for nature protection, sustainable use and management of common natural resources through cooperation initiatives in the cross-border area.

ORCHIS envisions development and implementation of joint conservation activities specifically on the orchid species in the protected area of Strandzha with the help of innovative concept - using specialized software to aid the determination of species and assess their habitat status.

The main activities are conduction of a field studies to reveal the species composition, number and distribution of wild orchids on the territory of Strandzha Mountain and the development and implementation of specialized software for their determination and monitoring on terrain.

Main Results

* conducted a joint study of wild orchid species, their populations and habitats in Strandzha, giving a comprehensive picture of the region on both sides of the border.
* built cross-border cooperation capacity in the field of habitat monitoring and species conservation, which to regroup potential threats to species and their habitats throughout the territory of Strandzha on time and to advice on necessary measures and how to overcome them.

* Final project summary (2018): Download
* Presentation results (2018): Download
* Catalogue of the Orchids in Strandzha mountain (TR/EN): Download
* Research on the Orchids in the Turkish part of Strandzha mountain (TR/EN): Download
* New data on the species of Orchidaceae in the Strandzha Natural Park (Presentation, 27.04.2018): Download
* New data on the species of Orchidaceae in the Strandzha Natural Park (Article Poster, 27.04.2018): Download
* New floristic records in the Balkans: 37, PHYTOLOGIA BALCANICA (2018, Article): Download
* ORCHIS - Technology in Help of Botanists and Foresters on Both Sides of the Border (Article, 2018): Download

Software ORCHIS

As part of the project, a software was developed for submitting sighting and reports of orchids in Strandzha and their condition to be used by specialists and foresters. The software was developed to be used on windows based tablets or desktop computers and to take advantage of inbuilt or added GPS devices. The software creates a network of users, and it allows the sharing of data via a database which is automatically updated for each of it's users.

If you have a professional interest and would like to partake in the usage of the software to have access to the network of specialists and other professionals, you can request access and installation of the ORCHIS software which is granted free of charge. Please contact us via email at office@onenat.org

* Presentation guidelines for the use of the software: English | Bulgarian | Turkish

This website was created with funding from the European Union through the interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Bulgaria-Turkey Programme 2014-2020 (CCI No. 2014TC16I5CB005). The content of this website is the sole responsibility of the organizations which are implementing the project and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union or the Managing Authority of the Programme.

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