project overview

Embrace Nature


Ref. No. CB007.2.32 .199

The Embrace Nature project envisages interventions that will reinforce natural equilibrium in the programme area and establishment of a better living environment for residents and visitors in compliance with the specific objective of Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Bulgaria-Serbia Programme 2014 – 2020. The project aims to enhancing the capacity of local stakeholders for improved environmental and natural resources management across the border.


Bobov Dol Municipality is located in southwestern Bulgaria and is located in the eastern part of Konyavska Mountain and the Razmetanitsa Plain, to the south on a territory of 206.2 sq. кm. The municipality consists of 18 settlements: the town of Bobov Dol, which is also the administrative center and 17 villages, united in 16 town halls. The preserved natural environment, the diverse landscape and the historical landmarks in the Municipality of Bobov Dol provide opportunities for the development of modern and alternative tourism in all its forms.


Since the beginning of organized sanitary and communal activities in Niš in 1878, until the formation of the Public Utility Company “Mediana” Niš (hereinafter referred as PUC “Mediana” Niš) in 1990, the basic functions of PUC “Mediana” Niš in the context of entrusted activities are related to the stable and high-quality satisfaction of the municipal needs of the population and other users of environmental utility services in the territory of the City of Niš.

Today the Public Utility Company “Mediana” Niš is a modern organization of 938 full-time staff, with modern fleet and equipment, and with implemented internationally recognized standards ISO 9001/2015, ISO 14001/2015 and OHSAS 18001/2015.

Student media world association

Student Media world association /SMWA/ is a Bulgarian NGO, based in the town of Blagoevgrad. The mission of the Association is to foster modern and sustainable development values and practices through bridging society and environment, explore and address environmental challenges.



The project approach envisages territorially integrated actions for improved nature protection on CB level.


All project objectives, expected results and activities are towards nature protection in the CB area.


The project addresses the common territorial challenges for nature protection in the CB area of Bulgaria and Serbia.

Latest news


On 16.11.2022, Serbian Ministry of Environment and Water published the new management plan of the protected area “Cerjanska Cave Natural Monument” for the period 2022-2031.

Embrace Nature Closing Press Conference

The closing press conference of the project “Embrace Nature” was held on 17.08.2022 in PUC “MEDIANA” NIŠ in Nis, Serbia. The press conference was attended by members of the project...

Embrace Nature Roundtable

On 11-12th August 2022 was held a Roundtable of the Embrace Nature project in Nis. The event took place in City Smart Club in Nis, Serbia. Project partners had presentations...