The new BBF’s book was written by prof. Ilia Cheshmedjiev and Rosen Vassilev. More than 300 well illustrated pages presenting the extraordinary plants diversity of the most beautiful towns in Bulgaria – Plovdiv.
Beglika Fest 2009
I love Rila, I love walking!
Welcome to the National hiking tour to the Seven Lakes by Vitosha and Verila on the international walking route E4! With this tour we want to show that nature should be respected and that it is best to go on foot in the mountain.
More details: http://en.forthenature.org/actions/210/Rila_national_hiking_tour_under_the_slogan_I_love_Rila_I_walk_-_12-16_August_2009
Changes in the management of BBF
Since 1st of May BBF has a new Acting Executive director - Mrs. Rumyana Ivanova, a member of BBF team since 2000. In order to create one more “perfect” structure than the old one, we established in May 2009 an Executive Bureau, which we think best suits BBF management style. The Executive Bureau’s goal will be to improve the management and the coordination in the organization and to provide collective and transparent decision making. The Executive Bureau consists of Executive Director, Coordinators of thematic groups and Branch Managers (BBF currently has 4 thematic groups and 4 legally registered branches – Strandja, Kaliakra, Eastern Rhodopes and Belasitsa). More details in “BBF inside”.
The theme for the International Day on Biological Diversity (IDB) in 2009 is invasive alien species (IAS) - one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, and to the ecological and economic well-being of society and the planet. What are Invasive Alien Species? Invasive alien species are plants, animals, pathogens and other organisms that are non-native to an ecosystem, and which may cause economic or environmental harm or adversely affect human health. In particular, they impact adversely upon biodiversity, including decline or elimination of native species - through competition, predation, or transmission of pathogens - and the disruption of local ecosystems and ecosystem functions. Invasive alien species, introduced and/or spread outside their natural habitats, have affected native biodiversity in almost every ecosystem type on earth and are one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. Since the 17th century, invasive alien species have contributed to nearly 40% of all animal extinctions for which the cause is known (CBD, 2006). The problem continues to grow at great socio-economic, health and ecological cost around the world. Invasive alien species exacerbate poverty and threaten development through their impact on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and natural systems, which are an important basis of peoples’ livelihoods in developing countries. This damage is aggravated by climate change, pollution, habitat loss and human-induced disturbance.
Many species of domestic animals are endangered and already rare. Breeds of cows, goats, donkeys and horses are often lost. Some examples of endangered breeds in Bulgaria are the Kalofer goat and Karakatchan Sheep. People concerned with in-situ or live conservation of rare breeds are often faced with the danger of losing important stock in cases of, for example, epidemics. The objective of the pan-European project ELBARN is to create a network of establishments active in the in-situ conservation of autochthonous breeds. South East Europe Area Workshop, which took place in Blagoevgrad May 7th – 10th 2009, was an important step for the conservation of old breeds and the dissemination of information about EU regulations and best practise. 35 experts from 10 countries participated in the workshop. The local partner for the organisation of the ELBARN workshbbop in Blagoevgrad is the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) and BBPS Sepmerviva.