|Designation||All IBAs have been approved except for some parts of IBA Kaliakra and Rila.Thus about 98% of the surface of IBAs is included in SPAs.All SPAs are already designated by individual designation orders except for 4 IBAs of which the boundaries have been expanded and eight new IBAs.No SCIs have been officially designated as SACs yet.|
|Conservation||Currently no management plans are being developed. The management plans are not obligatory but the developed plans are binding.
The selection of SACs and SPAs for the development of management plans is done by state and local authorities. The development of 14 management plans is planned by 2013 for SPAs which boundaries do not overlap with SCIs.
None of the current forest management plans comply with the management guidelines that were set out for Natura 2000 forests. Additionally none of the recently developed Forest Management Plans have undergone proper EIA.
There are a lot of investment proposals for projects within Natura 2000. Permits are issued on the basis of inadequate EIAs which put many sites under threat.
|Financing||up||No national assessment of the costs of Natura 2000 is available in Bulgaria yet.
There is a slow increase in funding available for Natura 2000 but it is still largely insufficient.Only individual activities and projects for certain sites are funded by both national and European sources– e.g. via the national Operational Programme Environment (€366 milion available for nature and biodiversity under the ERDF and Cohesion Fund), LIFE programme (€9.3 milion ).
The agri-environmental payments and Natura 2000 payments for agricultural land (in total €435.5 milion available) are in place but implementation is hard and slow due to a lot of technical problems and lack of appropriate management prescription in the designation orders.
 indicative allocation 2007-2010