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Mission

 

Our aim at Wild Rodopi is to research and conserve the wildlife and rural heritage of the Rodopi (Rhodope) Mountains. We believe that the ultimate long-term success of any such goal, involves undertaking ecological, ethnoecological and educational research projects which focus not only on species preservation, but also the preservation of the habitats that support them and, equally importantly, the preservation of the traditional way of life of the local people who have helped to shape and maintain those very habitats.

Furthermore, at Wild Rodopi, we strongly believe that successful wildlife research and wildlife conservation is not the exclusive preserve of a tiny clique of specialists, but the result of collaboration between the widest possible range of interested individuals and organizations. By engaging and uniting the crucial support and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of local people and the skills and methodology of research scientists, we aim to initiate a range of innovative ecological, ethnological and educational research projects that will help to add new insights and understanding into the biodiversity of the Rodopi (Rhodope) Mountains, and contribute both directly and indirectly to the conservation of the region’s unique flora and fauna, as well as the preservation of its fascinating rural heritage and local traditional ecological knowledge (TEK).

It is hoped that over time this unique ecological, ethnological and educational approach will not only help to provide a more detailed and complete picture of the biodiversity of the Rodopi (Rhodope) Mountains, but that by co-operating with other partner conservation bodies and international organisations greater progress can be made in the prervation of key species and habitats in the Rodopi (Rhodope) Mountains and, in particular, further develop the network of trans-boundary protected territories along the frontier between Bulgaria and Greece, a key part of the 'Balkan Greenbelt'.