History

Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) was established in 1997 as the successor of the established in 1994 Bulgarian – Swiss Biodiversity Conservation Programme (BSBCP). Since its creation for more than 15 years BBF has supported nature conservation in several key regions of Bulgaria – Pirin, Dobrudzha, Ropotamo, Central Balkan Burgas wetlands, Strandja, Eastern Rhodopes, Osogovo and Belasitsa. BBF has been working to conserve biodiversity in Bulgaria and neighboring countries, supports the participation of citizens and local communities in managing natural resources and protected areas and raises public awareness on the issues of biodiversity and nature protection

Under the program a number of direct conservation activities were implemented and 13 Management Plans for Protected Areas (PA) were prepared. Individually and in partnerships with others BBF developed 12 Action Plans for endangered species from the IUCN Red List, prepared the documentation for declaring /proclamation of three Nature Parks, 11 protected areas and three new Ramsar sites and assists the establishment of 6 information and nature conservation centers.

The Small Projects Fund supports activities of more than 50 environmental organizations. Institutional strengthening was provided for several national NGOs, the National Nature Protection Service and three Regional Inspectorates of Environment and Water.

BBF has a Central office in Sofia and four branches – Strandja in Bourgas, Belasitsa in Blagoevgrad, Eastern Rhodopes in Haskovo and Kaliakra in Bulgarevo (Kavarna). BBF is a member of IUCN, CEEweb, Bulgarian Donor’s Forum, the Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism and ForTheNature in Bulgaria Coaltition. During the years BBF has a wide range of different International partners in Norway, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia, Romania and etc. BBF is a coordinator for Bulgaria of International Initiative "Green belt" and of CEEWEB for Biodiversity.