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Afforestation of Non-Agricultural Land by the State Hunting Enterprise


The State Hunting Enterprise “Dikchan” in cooperation with local authorities implemented this project with the aim to afforest non-agricultural land and protect the land from the risk of erosion and desertification.


The State Hunting Enterprise “Dikchan” is located on 40 000 ha in south-western Rhodope mountains. Half of the territory is occupied by high quality coniferous and deciduous forests with major types of white and black pine, spruce, fir, beech and oak. Animal species typical of the Rhodope region, such as wild boar, red deer, fallow deer, grouse, and some predators, populate the area. Being the area at risk of erosion and desertification, the company in cooperation with local authorities decided to implement this project to preserve the forest.


The main objective of the project was the reforestation of 8.6 ha of barren land, which have been at risk of erosion and desertification.

Main activities

The project activities that benefited from the EAFRD support included: i) clearing the land for afforestation; ii) soil preparation such as hand making terraces, ditches and fields; iii) afforestation; iv) fencing the afforested areas with wooden fence to protect the new plants; v) maintenance and care of the forest stand (depending on the altitude, plants are cultivated from 3 to 5 years of age).

Results & Benefits

Works finished in 2012 and it is not possible yet to fully appreciate the results of the project. Nevertheless, it is expected that erosion and desertification risks are minimized. The project will also support the restoring of the forest, which is considered an important resource for boosting local tourism. This area is the only hunting complex in BG. 'Dikchan' has both certifications FSC and ISO 9001/2008 and offers opportunities for premium hunting, presented also in international exhibitions

Lessons learnt

The definition and implementation of such project contributed to draw lessons for enhancing the capacity to develop future quality proposals and improving forest ecosystems’ stewardship.

Project location and other information

Under measure 223 of the Bulgarian RDP, the terrains that are afforested are those within aforest management plan and which have not been regenerated naturally. These include barren areas that were not reforested for the last 15 years.



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

36 235

EAFRD contribution (€)

23 770

National contribution (€)

5 218

Other funding sources (€)

7 247

Contact name

Plamen Poyukov


+359 889912120, +359 884494858

Languages for contact

English, Bulgarian

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Non-farm or non-forest entreprises, Public/local authorities

Budget range

€20 000 - €99 999

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Environment and Sustainable Resource Management
• Sustainable use of forestry land
• 223. First afforestation of non-agricultural land


Afforestation, Forest ecosystem, Hunting, Soil erosion, Mountain area

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