Osogovo Mountain has enormous potential for development of cycling tourism, but regional institutions and local entrepreneurs have to be involving in the process. This was the conclusion of the cross-border forum that gathered dozens of representatives of forestry regional institutions, border police, municipalities, tourist companies, cycling societies and cyclits from Macedonia and Bulgaria. The forum "Natural potential and sustainable tourism in Osogovo" was organized by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF), Bulgaria and the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES).more»
Three new mountain bike trails in Osogovo were presented on the 10th of October 2017 in the Traveller’s Club in Sofia. Interesting stories about the wonders offered by the mountain triggered the curiosity of the participants so that the first enthusiasts wanting to get involved in an adventure did not hesitate to sign up for a promotion trip.more»
Osogovo Mountain is situated in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, divided between Bulgaria and Macedonia. It is the fifth highest mountain in Bulgaria, with the highest peak Ruen - 2251 meters above sea level. It attracts with its sacrament the existing bans to the border area until recently. There still can be found signs and memories of the so- A "Iron Curtain" that once divided Europe. These territories are now part of the European Green Belt.
Three new biking routes are ready to welcome the first enthusiasts who want to get to know the mysteries of the wonderful Osogovo Mountain on a bicycle. The routes were presented to dozens of nature lovers and mountain bikers gathered at the Traveler's Club by Martina Koleva from the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, Svetoslav Velkov from Traventuria and Lyubomir Botusharov (mtb-bg.com).more»
Osogovo is a beautiful mountain, only an hour and a half drive away from Sofia. It is shared between Bulgaria and Macedonia. Have you been there? On a bike?more»
For a second consecutive year BBF is organizing the Green Belt Day celebration - September 24 with a biking tour in the area of the Green Belt. In 2017, all the interested cyclists will be able to cross the Strandzha Mountain, they will not literally cross the border, but they will pass through the preserved areas that were part of the Iron Curtain which separated the socialist countries from the rest of the world 25 years ago.more»
Training “High Nature Value Forests and Forest Certification - good practices and challenges” for foresters from Osogovo region04/11/2017
In the framework of the project Sustainable future for the people and nature in Osogovo and the project objective "Support sustainable forest management in Osogovo" BBF conducted a training for foresters from the Forest Unit (FU) Nevestino, Hunting Unit (HU) Osogovo and FU Kyustendil. Some employees from other FU/HU expecting certification under the umbrella of the Southwest State Enterprise also joined the training. The event took place on 10th April 2017 in the conference hall of Park-Hotel Kyustendil and was attended by 30 people in total.
The trans-boundary meeting of the Osogovo large carnivores monitoring network members took place on the 17th of March 2017 in the city of Makedonska Kamenica, Macedonia. The meeting was held as part of the activity “Improve knowledge about large carnivores in Osogovo as a foundation for decision-making processes” in the framework of the project Supporting a Sustainable Future for People and Nature in the Osogovo Mountain.
Conduction of training on monitoring of large carnivores for stakeholders from the region of Osogovo02/07/2017
Several trainings serving also as informal meetings were conducted in the region of Osogovo in the framework of the project Supporting a Sustainable Future for People and Nature in Osogovo Mountain. The trainings are part of the activities related to the improvement of the knowledge about large carnivores in Osogovo as foundation for decision-making processes, which is one of the objectives of the ongoing project.