The Project

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High Value Nature grazing in NATURA 2000 areas for meat product quality improvement and innovation in product distribution at the GR-BG cross border area

BorderGraze is a co-financed project implemented by SMEs under the 5th call of the Interreg Greece – Bulgaria 2014-2020 program. Partners of the project are the companies Omikron Environmental Consultants SA, from Greece and Biotrade Keryanov from Bulgaria. More information can be found HERE.


The aim of the project is the creation of an action plan for the sustainable protection and management of High nature value (HNV) grazing lands which are located within NATURA2000 areas but also in adjacent areas, in the cross-border zone Greece – Bulgaria and at the same time the creation of new services / tools for the local livestock farmers, such as the creation of a relevant marketplace, to promote the added-value of local meat products and make them available to the general public.


The study area of the BorderGraze project includes 15 Greek Communities in the municipalities of Nevrokopi, Drama and Paranesti and 8 Bulgarian Municipalities in the districts of Blagoevgrad and Smolyan


Creating an operational framework for the sustainable management of HNV

High Nature Value (HNV) livestock grazing is a tool for the conservation of grassland and open bush ecosystems. Thus, it is an internationally recognized and applied management practice in HNV areas such as NATURA 2000 sites and other protected areas. Also, HNV livestock grazing is an invigoration catalyst for local economy which can produce high quality products with added ecological value.



The Greek-Bulgarian crossborder area is a continuous region with similar environmental, ecological and resource characteristics. Grazing activities across this area are common local economy practices which support many small or larger communities. However, uncontrolled grazing leads to ecosystem (grassland) degradation and downgrading of environmentally important sites.



The proposed project aims in creating an operational framework for the sustainable management of HNV grazing of NATURA 2000 at the cross-border area, while the business challenge is to reveal the potential to monetize the environmental value of HNV meat products and increase the corresponding profitability. BorderGraze puts emphasis on the promotion of the added value of HNV meat products as well as on innovative marketing methods for products originating from local HNV grazing systems.


The core objective to be met is the development of a sustainable business framework which will offer tangible solutions on the increase of the productive and environmental efficiency of High Nature Value (HNV) grazing systems. This will put emphasis on the development of new products, product processing, adding value and marketing of products from HNV grazing systems and areas and will give the companies the potential to monetize the environmental value of HNV products and thus increase their profitability.



The project will put emphasis on the development of new products, product processing, adding value and marketing of products from HNV grazing systems and areas and will give the companies the potential to monetize the environmental value of HNV products and thus increase their profitability.

The successful implementation of the investment plan will be a good practice to be followed by other GR-BG business collaborative schemes. Specifically, this core objective will be achieved by:

Benefits and expected results


The innovation of the proposed investment plan penetrates and interconnects the two (2) core levels of the agro-food value chain, i.e. (a) the farming techniques and (b) market and products. On the farming techniques level, the plan aspires in giving livestock farmers a crucial and practical tool of knowledge regarding the two way relationship between their business and nature. On the market and products level, the plan promotes new and innovative ways to strengthen the value chain of “green” meat products through short supply distribution lines and direct, online sales along with association, cooperative and networking building of important local actors.
(C) Yvan Keryanov Bio Trade 93 Ltd
Main Deliverables


– Main Project Results
– Main Project Results

BorderGraze project brochure

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