Within the framework of the project " Common plans for biodiversity conservation and sustainable targets for the development of a bilateral network of protected areas - COMBINE2PROTECT" funded by the European Union through the Interreg IPA Cross-border Program between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia on December 20 and 21 (Thursday and Friday ) was held the first meeting of the project team at the University "Aristotle" in Thessaloniki, Greece.
The members of the project team were present at the meeting: representatives of the Centre for development of the South-East planning region, the University "Aristotle" in Thessaloniki, Greece, the State Environmental Inspectorate, R. Macedonia. Macedonia and the Region of Western Macedonia from Florina, Greece.
The main goal of the meeting was to present the design and content of the book of species / habitats and ecosystem services of protected areas, with an emphasis on priority species and habitats. An expert engaged by the project partner 4 - the Region of Western Macedonia from Florina, Greece, presented a detailed analysis and description of the contents of the book that it should contain and which topics would cover it in order each partner to contribute individually taking into account the region from which it comes. Additionally, the course of the project activities and the deadlines for their implementation were discussed from each of the project partners. It was also discussed about the problems and challenges that project partners face in implementing certain activities and how to deal with them and the activities that follow within the project.
The second working meeting of the project team is planned to take place next year in Greece.
This project is co-financed by the European Union and the National Funds of the participating countries
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