The overall objective of the BAT 4 MAN Project is to support the sustainable use of the environment in cross border regions of Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine by joint protection of bats in the frame of active conservation actions, public awareness campaign and imparting good practices for local communities.
The project fit to the program goal and objectives by an efficiently cross-border cooperation of the partners initiating progress on the fields of existing environmental difficulties and supporting the preservation and sustainable use of common natural values in the cross- border area.
The project is leading by E-Consult Association Satu Mare in partnership with Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies, Slovak Bat Conservation Society and Birdlife Hungary.
The project is funded through the Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENI 2014-2020 Cross-Border Cooperation Programme.
The financed amount is: 449 635,07 EUR from this the EU contribution is 404 671,56 EUR.
Details about the project: This project was born due to a negative attitude of a large group of local people in the Cross Border area toward bats. This can lead to the degradation of the natural sources, overturning the sustainability of the ecosystem in the targeted territories of Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine.
Bats are key element of the ecosystem since they are directly responsible to the agricultural pest control (consuming insects). Due to the myths and fairy tales created by people, bats become subjects of prejudices. The extinction even of one bat species will provide enormous ecological losses and a wide scale of ecosystem collapse.
This project will focus on the protection of bats in the targeted region, by concrete
conservation actions like:
Also will focus on the protection of cultural values like protection of the religious objects in churches (cleaning the churches from bat guano).
Public aware actions will be implemented like: a mobile exhibition, common workshops of bat box preparation with locals, a documentary movie dedicated to bats.
The results will be disseminated by printing materials (guideline and work for children), by webpage and social media (FB) and by warning panels (Bat friendly church).
Our target groups - priest, eparchies, church administrators, NGOs, local people - will be aware about the importance of bats and their conservation.
This is an innovative project because the partners in four countries will act in synchronized way, sharing good practices, and attracting a huge number of local people in the activities of bat protection, sharing its knowledge and the project visibility professionally not just at country level, but at international level as well.
For more information contact: Mgr. Denisa Lobbova – email@example.com, chairwoman of Slovak Bat Conservation Society