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Svetla Bratanova

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Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS
2, Gagarin Street
1113 Sofia


Curriculum vitae


First name: SVETLA
1. Dipl. Eng., MSc- Environmental Protection & Forestry
2. Ph.D. - Ecology & Environmental Protection

Language skills - mark 1 to 5 for competence (1 - excellent; 5 - basic):
Language Reading Speaking Writing
Bulgarian Native Native Native
French 1 1 1
English 1 2 1
Russian 1 2 2
Italian 2 4 4

Position in the institution: Head of Division “Ecosystem research”

Key qualifications:

Ecosystem research, Ecosystem integrity, Functional Ecology, Ecosystem services, Forestry&Forest Decline, Biodiversity Assessment, Environmental Protection, Environmental Stress, Environmental Risk Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment.

Other activities:

• Scientific qualifications and stages:
01.1992 - 10.1992 - Montpellier, France in: Center of Functional Ecology - CNRS
09.1993 - 12.1993 - Nancy, France in: Center of Forest Research – INRA
06. 1995 - Montpellier, France in: Center of Functional Ecology - CNRS
09.1996 - 04.1997 - Montpellier, France in: Center of Functional Ecology – CNRS
06.2011 – Brno, Czeck Globe, Czech Rep. - Global Change Research Centre AS CR, v.v.i GCRC – ASCR

• Invited expert in many national and international scientific and/or business projects related to the environment and sustainable development, environmental legislation, environmental auditing &EIA since 1993.


• Member of National MAB Committee-UNESCO since 2000
• Expert of Parliamentary Commission “Environment and Forests” in Bulgaria 2000-2005.
• Licensed EIA-expert (License No 882/03.1998, issued by the Ministry of Environment & Waters (MOEW)
• Member in Coordination Committee of MOEW for global changes and biodiversity since 2010
• National coordinator of LTER Network in Bulgaria since 2007
• National representative of Bulgaria in ILTER and LTER-Europe since 2005

Specific experience:
Date Location Institution Position Description
1. 2013-2016 Bulgaria & Czech Republic
BAS & Global Change Research Centre AS CR, v.v.i GCRC – ASCR
Project Leader Sci. Project: Assessment of adaptive potential of main forest ecosystems in Pirin Mountain, Strandja Mountain and Giant Montain to the Climate Changes
2. 2013-2017 Multicountries COST
Member of Management Committee Sci. Project: FP1301 - “Innovative management and multifunctional utilization of traditional coppice forests - an answer to future ecological, economic and social challenges in the European forestry sector (EuroCoppice)”
3. 2013-2016 Multicountries COST
Member of Management Committee Sci. Project: FP 1207 - Orchestrating forest-related policy analysis in Europe (ORCHESTRA)
4. 2012-2017 Multicountries COST
Member of Management Committee Sci. Project: COST ЕS 1203 - Enhancing the resilience capacity of SENSitive mountain FORest ecosystems under environmental change (SENSFOR )
5.2010-2013 Multicountries LIFE+
Team Leader of Bulgarian part Sci. Project: Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring (ENVEUROPE) - LIFE + 2008/000399
6.2009-2011 Bulgaria BAS Project Leader Sci. Project: Tropospheric ozone pollution in Sofia and its surroundings
7. 2009-2010 Bulgaria Ministry of energy
Landscape & Forest Expert SEA of Strategy of Energy
8. 2008- 2010 Bulgaria BAS & CzAS
Project Leader Sci. Project: Tropospheric ozone pollution effects on the vegetation
9. 2008-2009 Bulgaria/West Balkans SEE-ERA NET
Coordinator Summer school on “Biomonitoring methods for air quality in natural and man-made environment” Biometh-Air Ref. No 06-1000031-9898
10. 2005-2009
Multicountries COST
Member of Management Committee European Network for vegetation management: towards environmental sustainability
11. 2006-2008 Bulgaria National Scientific Fund-Ministry of Education &Science
Project Leader Sci. Project: Synergic Effect of Ozone and Acid Deposition Pollution on the Sofia City Green System
12. 2006-2007 Bulgaria Ministry of agriculture and forests
Environmental expert Management Plan of Natural Park “Zlatni pyasatzi”
13. 2005-2006 Bulgaria&France Program “RILA”
14.2005 Bulgaria Ministry of Environment and Waters
Team Leader of the Chapter “Scientific basis of biodiversity preservation” National Action Plan of biodiversity preservation in Bulgaria – 2005-2010
15. 2004-2007 Bulgaria Ministry of Environment and Waters Main edition body - RED BOOK,
Coordinator of the volume III – Habitats,
Expert of forest habitats Elaboration of Red Data Book of Bulgaria in 3 volumes
16. 2004 Ireland - World Bank
Project Leader Sci. Project: Green Gas Emission Reductions from Fire Management-Bulgarian Forest Development Project
17. 2004-2005 Bulgaria "Albena" Holding
Project Leader Ecological Risk Assessment of Manganese Mining - Tzarkva&Obrotchichte-NorthEast Bulgaria
18. 2003-2004 Germany - World Bank
Team leader EIA in Feasibility Study of Fuel Switch Project in Forest Development Project
19. 2002-2004 Bulgaria Ministry of agriculture and forests
Project Leader National Coordinator Sci. Project: Dynamics Assessment of structural and functional parameters of chestnut ecosystems in South West of Bulgaria
20. 2002 Bulgaria BAS, Ministry of Defense
Expert of Environmental Risk Assessment &Forest expert Preliminary EIA of the Zmeevo military site –Environmental impact Assessment of Destroyed of the components of complex SS 23
21. 2001-2003 Bulgaria Ministry of agriculture and forests
Forest expert Management Plan of Natural Park “Rousenski Lom”
22. 2001 Bulgaria "Danon-Serdica”
Expert of Environmental Management Environment Impact Assessment Report on Local Company “Danon-Serdica”in Sofia
23. 2001 Bulgaria Ministry of Defense
Forest& Biodiversity Expert - Development of Environmental Compliance Program for Military Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria
24. 2001 Bulgaria Toplofikatsia -Sliven
Expert of Environmental Management EIA Report on Local Heating Company in Sliven
25. 1999-2001 Bulgaria Ministry of Education &Science
Expert of Environmental Management Sci. Project: A Model of Integrated Management of Water quality
26.1999-2000 Bulgaria Ramsar Convention Bureau & MOEW
Forest& Biodiversity Expert - Development & Implementation of the Management Plan for the Srebarna Lake Biosphere Reserve
27. 2000 Bulgaria Ministry of Transportation
Landscape&Forest Expert - Preliminary EIA of the River Harbor at Vidin being under Reconstruction
28. 1999 Bulgaria& Belgium MOEW& ERM-Belgium
Soil pollution Expert -EIA of the “Orgachim” EAD (paint, lacquers, resins - factory) - Russe
29. 1999 Bulgaria& Belgium MOEW& ERM-Belgium
Soil pollution Expert Past environmental damages and soil remediation of the“Orgachim” EAD (paint, lacquers, resins - factory) - Russe
30. 1998 Bulgaria& Spain PHARE BG 9702-01-02-05
Project Leader Pre-privatization Environmental Audit of the Russe Ship-Yard being under privatization in co-operation with DFC-Spain
31. 1998 Bulgaria&UK PHARE BG 9702-01-03
Landscape&Forest Expert Environmental Assessment Reports of the Electronics and Metalworking Engineering Sector being under privatization, in cooperation with Roland Berger&Partner, KPMG and Dames & Moore
32. 1998 Bulgaria ANISA Co
Team leader Environmental Analysis for a Concession procedure of the carrier enterprise
33. 1996-1997 Bulgaria PHARE BG 9310-04-03-01
Forest expert National Program for Biological Monitoring of Bulgaria
34. 1996-1997 France CNRS &EC
Forest expert Program CAST –Sustainability of Mediterranean Chestnut ecosystems
35. 1996-1997 Bulgaria Ministry of agriculture and forests
Project Leader Sci. Project: Phytocenoses of Castanea sativa Mill. and the global change
36.1994-1995 Multicountry PHARE ZZ9111/01.06
Team leader of Bulgarian part Sci. Project: Study on Biodiversity of the Danube River

Updated in January, 2014

Research interests

Ecosystem research, Functional Ecology, Ecosystem services, Forestry &Forest Decline, Biodiversity Assessment


1. Parvanova, P., N. Tzvetkova, S. Bratanova-Doncheva, N. Chipev, R. Fikova, E. Donev. Responses of Fraxinus excelsior L. seedlings to ambient ozone exposure in urban and mountain areas based on physiological characteristics and antioxidant activity. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts.(2013) [IF=2.225].
2. Caggiano, R., R. Fikova, S. Tripetta, S. Doncheva, N. Ignatova, L. Teleska. An assessement of rainfall modification in mountainous ecosystems dominated by Fagus sylvatica L. and Picea abies (L.) Karst. (Western Balkans, Bulgaria) by multivariate analyses. European Journal of Forest Research, (2013). Online first articles, 1-13, [IF 1.959] DOI 10.1007/s10342-013-0713-2, Print ISSN 1612-4669, Online ISSN 1612-4677

3. Georgieva G., S. Bratanova-Doncheva, N. Chipev 2013. Comparative assessment of the crown status of Fagus orientalis L. in forest ecosystems of Strandzha Mountain, Southeast Bulgaria. 13th SGEM GeoConference on Water Resources, Forest, Marine And Ocean Ecosystems - SGEM2013 Conference Proceedings, 771 - 778 (ISBN 978-619-7105-02-5 / ISSN 1314-2704), DOI:10.5593/SGEM2013/BC3/S14.002

- Bratanova-Doncheva Sv.,(in press) - „Photosystem II activity in drought and high light conditions of Castanea sativa Mill. Saplings“, Acta Horticulturae, 2014
- Bratanova-Doncheva Sv., V. Dimitrova , R. Fikova, K. Katrandziev, N. Chipev (in press)- „Resilience of ecosystem services –applying ecosystem function and integrity concepts to natural sweet chestnut forests in Belasitza Mountain (SW Bulgaria)“ - Acta Horticulturae, 2014


Ecosystem Research, Environmental Risk Assessment and Conservation Biology
Ecosystem Research - Head of Division
Research group
Long term Ecosystem research (LTER-Bulgaria)


Member for
10 years 45 weeks