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HARMONIA project under the European program - Horizon 2020

ASDE-ECOREGIONS in collaboration with Municipality of Sofia represented by the Directorate “Emergency Assistance and Prevention” (DEAP) will participate in project Harmony Call: H2020-LC-CLA-2018-2019-2020, part of program Horizon 2020. Will be working alongside with twenty-two partners from countries in European Union. The title of the project is: Development of a Support System for Improved Resilience and Sustainable Urban areas to cope with Climate Change and Extreme Events based on GEOSS and Advanced Modelling Tools (Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement).

HARMONIA will leverage existing tools, services and novel technologies to deliver an integrated resilience assessment platform working on top of GEOSS, seeing the current lack of a dedicated process of understanding and quantifying Climate Change (CC) effects on urban areas using Satellite and auxiliary data available on GEOSS, DIAS, urban TEP, GEP etc. platforms. HARMONIA will focus on a solution for climate applications supporting adaptation and mitigation measures of the Paris Agreement.

HARMONIA will test modern Remote Sensing tools and 3D-4D monitoring, Machine Learning/Deep Learning techniques and develop a modular scalable data-driven multi-layer urban areas observation information knowledge base, using Satellite data time series, spatial information and auxiliary data, in-situ observing systems, which will integrate detailed information on local level of neighborhoods/ building blocks.

HARMONIA focuses on two pillars: a) Natural and manmade hazards intensified by CC: urban flooding, soil degradation and geo-hazards (landslides, earthquake, ground deformation) and b) Manmade hazards: heat islands, urban heat fluxes, Air Quality, Gas emissions. Sustainable reconstruction of urban areas and the health of humans and ecosystems are top priorities. HARMONIA will take into account the local ecosystems of European urban areas, following an integrated and sustainable approach by incorporating the active communities’ participation initiative, which will involve the use of a social platform.

Programme Horizon 2020 Framework Programme
Project acronym HARMONIA
Project full title Development of a Support System for Improved Resilience and Sustainable Urban areas to cope with Climate Change and Extreme Events
EU Horizon 2020 Identifier H2020-LC-CLA-2018-2019-2020
EC Grant Agreement Number 101003517
Start of the Project 1 June 2021
Project duration 42 months
Project Team 22 partners across Europe, including municipalities, NGOs, industry, academia and national research centres.
Coordinator The Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano)
Official web-site harmonia-project.eu

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Partnership between DG Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) - European Commission and Agency of Sustainable Development and Eurointegration - Ecoregions

Agency of Sustainable Development and Eurointegration - Ecoregions /AURE/ and JRC - Joint Research Centre - European Commission /JRC/ signed an agreement for cooperation in sphere of scientific - applied activities in 2005. This partnership continues today, with the last general tasks in which ASDE is actively involved:

  • Pilot projects for integrated risk management of natural and anthropogenic disasters and accidents by introducing new methodologies for regular monitoring of changes, including for cross-border territories, working with large databases for using the so-called Multi-Domain Access Method (MDAM), simulation models, including the RkFMEA method, aggregated vulnerability and loss matrixes data, integrated risk management maps at municipal and cross-border level; The selected pilot municipalities are - Municipality of Rousse and Municipality of Bolyarovo. The selection of those two municipalities allows implementation of the cross-border tasks between Bulgaria-Romania and Bulgaria-Turkey.
  • Preparation of brief analyzes in the framework of the annual report for the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC), which is developed by JRC - https://drmkc.jrc.ec.europa.eu
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Strategic Project

Regional center for integrated risk and territory management of the region of Lower Danube

Important note: The Bulgarian government has adopted a resolution in support of the Regional center for Lower Danube – protocol 29,art.18/24.07.2013; Mandate for the start of the negotiation process between Bulgaria, Romania and Baden-Wurttenberg was granted to the Minister of regional development.

Coordinating Organization(s) / Institution(s):

Council of Ministers - Ministry of regional development of Bulgaria; Ministry of regional development and public administration-Romania; Ministry of foreign policy-Bulgaria; State Ministry – Federal Province Baden-Wurttenberg; Municipality of Ruse and Municipality of Giurgiu - Euroregion Ruse-Giurgiu; Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration – Ecoregions /ASDE/; technical and methodological coordination – DG JRC

The concept of the regional center is based on the implementation of Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), as well as the EU programs GMES-COPERNICUS and GALILEO.

It is supported by:

  • European workshops 2010 and 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria with the support of EC DG ENTR, JRC-IPSC and the preliminary concept for Regional Unit for Risk and Security Management for South East Europe (RUSE), prepared by experts from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Romania, Slovenia with the coordination support from JRC-IPSC and the DG ENTR-GMES Bureau;
  • Resolution of the Bulgarian government – protocol 29,art.18/24.11.2013;
  • Protocol of the 6-th session of the Commission Bulgaria-Baden-Wurttenberg, 16.11.2012;
  • Integrated plan for rehabilitation and development of the city of Ruse - BG161PO001/1.4-07/2010/001, under the EU Operational Program “Regional development”;
  • Memorandum of understanding between the Ruse municipality and the Giurgiu municipality-Euroregion Ruse-Giurgiu - 02.07.2013;
  • EC JRC-IPSC – Concept paper - Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy (DWN, DLSN, DAN, DBN, DRDSI, SS Platform);
Programme European network of regional centers for integrated risk and territory management (proposal for an initiative)
Project Title Regional center for integrated risk and territory management of the region of Lower Danube
Start of the Project Preliminary proposal: 2013; Expected start of coordinated project: 2014
Project duration 2014 - 2016
Project Code MIS ETC 171; BG 161 PO001/1.4-07/2010-001 - OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME "REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2010-2013"
Project Beneficiaries in Bulgaria State/Regional/Municipal Administration, Business Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), Public Society, NGO, Science and Educational Sector; Euro Region Russe-Giurgiu
Official web-site http://bsdi.asde-bg.org; www.asde-bg.org; www.bgregio.eu; www.spatial.mdrap.ro
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Projects 2018

Master Plan of Bolyarovo Municipality

Contracting Municipality of Bolyarovo
Web Address http://bolyarovo.eu
Unique ID in the Public Procurement Register (PPR) 00703-2016-0006
Contract subject Project for a Master Plan of Bolyarovo Municipality, Yambol District. The subject of the contract includes two types of activities: Activity 1 Project for a Master Plan of Bolyarovo Municipality, Yambol District in two phases: Phase 1- Preliminary Project of the Master Plan of Bolyarovo Municipality; Phase 2 Final Project of the Master Plan of Bolyarovo Municipality; Activity 2 - Environmental Assessment and Compatibility Assessment
Start of the Project 10 February 2017
End of the Project 20 September 2018

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Master Plan of Suhindol Municipality

Contracting Municipality of Suhindol
Web Address http://suhindol.bg
Unique ID in the Public Procurement Register (PPR) 0543-2016-0002
Contract subject Project for a Master Plan of Suhindol Municipality in the following scope: 1. Preliminary Project of the Master Plan of Suhindol Municipality; 2. Final Project of the Master Plan of Suhindol Municipality
Start of the Project 02 December 2016
End of the Project 18 December 2018

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Master Plan of Sevlievo Municipality

Contracting Municipality of Sevlievo
Web Address http://sevlievo.bg
Unique ID in the Public Procurement Register (PPR) 00189-2014-0007
Contract subject Project for a Master Plan of Sevlievo Municipality in the following scope: 1. Preliminary Project of the Master Plan of Sevlievo Municipality; 2. Final Project of the Master Plan of Sevlievo Municipality
Start of the Project 17 April 2015
End of the Project 01 July 2017

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Master Plan of Sitovo Municipality

Contracting Municipality of Sitovo
Web Address http://www.sitovo.bg
Unique ID in the Public Procurement Register (PPR) 00630-2014-0008
Contract subject Project for a Master Plan of Sitovo Municipality in the following scope: 1. Preliminary Project of the Master Plan of Sitovo Municipality; 2. Final Project of the Master Plan of Sitovo Municipality; 3. Environmental Assessment and Compatibility Assessment
Start of the Project 26 November 2014
End of the Project 04 November 2015

Project "BRESAT"

Project BRESAT defines guidelines for the successful deployment of high speed broadband via satellite across regions of Europe to assist with the objective of 100% EU broadband coverage. It supports the objectives of the EU Digital Agenda and assist national regional initiatives. Project BRESAT includes following objectives:

  1. Leveraging previous experience, it identifies the conditions of success for Satellite broadband deployment in EU regions;
  2. Develop recommendations and best practice for the deployment framework of satellite broadband solutions and optimise the cost benefit for key stakeholders;
  3. Disseminate information widely to EU regions;
  4. Establish an information repository for all EU regions for exploitation during and beyond project life.
Programme CIP - Competitiveness and innovation framework programme (CIP)(2007-2013)
Project acronym BRESAT
Project full title Broadband in EU Regions via satellite
Start of the Project 1 February 2013
Project duration 37 months
EC Grant Agreement Number 325134
Beneficiary Organisation 17 different organisations from 9 European countries
Official web-site www.cip-bresat.eu

Project on "Innovation Norway"


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Provision of consultancy services in the field of heat engineering and heat energy of Asarel Medet JSC

With a framework contract from 2009, ASDE - Ecoregions successfully collaborates and supports the activities of "Assarel Medet JSC, being a main consultant in the field of introducing measures for efficient utilization and reduction of the consumption of fuels, energy and other resources, optimization of the production processes , the introduction of new technologies and the use of renewable energy sources. In fulfillment of their contractual relations, the experts from ASDE - Ecoregions provide expert assistance and together with the experts and the team of Assarel Medet JSC have realized a number of intentions and to this moment more than ten projects have been implemented with significant effect both for the image of the company regarding the social and environmental policy, as well as cost reduction, increasing the efficiency of the production cycle and enhancing the comfort of the working environment.

Within the framework of these projects and the ongoing cooperation, the team of the ASDE - Ecoregions provides expert opinions, performs technical, financial and legal analyzes and evaluations, design, preparation of tender documents, technical control during execution, monitoring and analysis of the achieved results and other.


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Common Strategy for Sustainable Territorial Development of the cross-border area Romania-Bulgaria - CBC

The main objective of the project is Elaborate a Common Territorial Development Strategy for the sustainable spatial and economic development of the Romanian-Bulgarian Cross-Border area. The core of the project is to set up a comprehensive territorial database for the Romanian-Bulgarian Cross-Border area based on Land Cover objects essential for better territorial development and planning.
ASDE is leading the work package developing the common spatial database (SDB) of Bulgarian and Romanian territory. The general feature of the SDB will be landcover information based on satellite imageries of UN-FAO LCCS / LCML methodology. SDB will be developed in partnership between Romanian and Bulgarian experts.

Programme of Initiative Romania-Bulgaria Cross Border Cooperation Programme, 2007-2013
Project Title Common Strategy for Sustainable Territorial Development of the cross-border area Romania-Bulgaria
Start of the Project 10-th of February 2012
Project duration 32 months
Project Code MIS ETC Code 171
Bulgarian Beneficiary Organisation MRDPW, the nine Danube regions (NUTS3)
Official web-site spatial-cbc.eu
PP9-ASDE's Project Results web-site cbc171.asde-bg.org
Programme web-site www.spatial.mdrap.ro
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