Meeting of NGO and EC reresentatives

Representatives of the Directorate General Environment of the European Commission met in Sofia with NGOs to discuss progress on a number of criminal infringements on protected areas under NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria. The meeting was attended by Jean-Francois Brakeland from the legal department at DG Environment, Stefan Leiner Department of Natura 2000 and other experts. Non-government sector was represented by members of the Coalition For the Nature in Bulgaria, including the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, Green Balkans, Citizens for Rila, BSPB and "Save Irakli”. Procedures for criminal violations in protected areas such as Irakli, Emine, Rila, Pirin, Strandja and others were discussed. During the meeting were discussed further the problems with waste management in Sofia and Bulgaria, Belene, the lack of an effective strategy for renewable energy.

Workshop for the farmers around the Bourgas lakes


Our Petko has a baby girl already


The Acting Executive Director at the time - Petko Tsvetkov got a third child. Lovely Kalina was born on March 27, 2011 and is in perfect measures, such as her mother Julia.

To the little Princess we wish good health and luck, and to the happy dad - to have more time for his family and less care for the protection of the Pirin and the Bulgarian nature.

Contest for Burgas Lakes T-shirts


Training on how to make soap and chocolates in Strandja

The practical training organised by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) in Malko Tarnovo during the weekend was met with exceptional interest. The main presenter was Mr. Born Arne Naess from the Directorate for Nature Management in Norway, who is personally experienced in the making of soap, candies and other products.

The hall of the Strandja Nature Park Directorate could hardly accommodate the 30 participants mainly from Malko Tarnovo, and also from the Villages of Brushlyan, Zvezdets, Tsarevo and Sinemorets. The training comprised 4 modules – making of soap, making of creams and other cosmetic products, praline chocolates and candy. The theory was followed by a more entertaining part where the participants could, in 4 groups, try the Norwegian recipes – they poured soap in silicone molds, mixed creams with Strandja scents (Manov honey, Crimean tea, essential oils and local infusions). Everyone had the opportunity of getting ‘smeared’ with chocolate or of mixing a cosmetic cream.

Belasitsa Nature Park presented in the Natural History Museum in Sofia

Belasitsa Nature Park presented in the Natural History Museum in Sofia
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH-BAS) and the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) devote the month of April at the newest Nature Park - Belasitsa. In NMNHS will be organized series of events - presenting an exhibition introducing the thematic trail "Life of chestnut”, presentation of books about the mountain, lectures. The official opening of the exhibition "Belasitsa - the newest Nature Park in Bulgaria” will be held on March 25, 2011 from 17:00 in the lobby of the museum. Author of all the photographs featured in the exhibition is the photographer Pjotr Rzerzycha. The event will be accompanied by presentation of photographic field guide "Interesting plants of Belasitsa”.

The idea for Biosphere park supported by the Burgas Governor

UNESCO representatives visited the Burgas Governor, Mr. Konstantin Grebenarov, to familiarize him with the results from the International workshop held in Tsarevo during the last days. More than 60 persons became involved in the workshop and learned about biosphere parks in Europe and whether Strandja is a suitable region for designation of such a park. The experience of Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Turkey and Greece shared during the seminar showed us that this concept is aimed mainly toward man and man’s harmonious coexistence with surrounding nature. And while protected areas conserve mainly biodiversity, biosphere parks and reserves are focused mainly on humans and on the promotion of their own potential for sustainable development.

Strandja warmth

Strandja warmth

UNESCO International workshop for Strandja in Tzarevo

An international workshop BEST PRACTICES FOR SUSTAINABLE USE AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION IN PROTECTED AREAS IN REGARDS OF THE BIOSPHERE RESERVE CONCEPT will take place on 14-16 March 2011 in the town of Tsarevo. The workshop is organised by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) with the support of the UNESCO Venice Office and the Bulgarian National MAB Committee.

The objective of the seminar is to show best practices of harmonious co-existence between man and nature in area similar to the Strandja Nature Park and to discuss the possibilities for designation of Strandja as the first Bulgarian new-generation Biosphere Park.

Guests and presenters from 7 countries (Austria, Turkey, Slovenia, Greece etc.) will present successful European Biosphere Reserves and Parks, and Parks in a process of designation, as well as experts from the MoEW and from the national MAB Committee.

LIFE+ Information Session 2011

The European Commission will publish the fifth Call for Proposals under the LIFE+ Programme in February 2011, with up to €265.360 million available across the EU for co-financing projects under three headings: nature and biodiversity; environment policy and governance; and information and communication.

The European Commission, in conjunction with STELLA Consulting and MWH, will organise an Information Session on the LIFE+ Programme in Bulgaria. The aim of the Information Session is to inform potential applicants for the 2011 Call for Proposals about the LIFE+ Programme, to help potential applicants decide whether or not to submit a LIFE+ proposal, and to highlight some key issues to help avoid common problems if they do submit a proposal. The Information Session will be held on:

24 March 2011 at Rodina Hotel, Sofia

For further information, or to register for this LIFE+ Information Session, please enter into your internet browser. Registration for this Session will close on: 10 March 2011.

Further information can be found on the LIFE website: