Training for youths for monitoring and advocacy through utilization of spatial data is going to start
The recruitment of participants for the “Training for youths for monitoring and advocacy through utilization of spatial data” part of the GIS project has started
The exhibition contains 45 images of the Mountain made in three different countries – Bulgaria, Greece and FYR Macedonia. The photographs are chosen among the ones participating in The Incredible Belasitsa Photo Contest in the frame of the project: “Belasitsa beyond Borders – Transboundary Cooperation along the Balkan Green Belt” held from September 2013 to October 2013.
Do you know what GIS mean?
Do you know what is hidden behind the terms civic monitoring and advocacy for sustainable development policies?
Do you know what is the link between a big amount of spatial data, web-based GIS platform and active citizens?
And do you know what is happening in Norway?
If you want to find the answers of all these questions you are welcome to the presentation that is going to happened on 02.04.2014 (Wednesday) at 18:30 in hall 163 of the Sofia university „St. Kliment Ohridski, where part of the team of the latest BBF project in cooperation with the Norwegian Environmental Agency will explain what is the link between – Green citizens, Information systems, Saved nature
In February 2014, the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) has started a new project, bearing the long title “Building Capacity of Non-governmental Organizations, Youths and Citizens for Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Strengthening the Monitoring Skills and Advocacy of Policies for Regional Sustainable Development”. The project is financed under the NGO Program in Bulgaria under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. http://www.ngogrants.bg/
Opening of the exhibition containing beautiful images of Belasitsa and the surrounding region made in three different countries
Total of 50 participants from Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia and Greece took part in the contest submitting 259 pictures.
The jury members have the unique opportunity to enjoy all these beautiful pictures as well as a tough task to choose the best among them. The photos were evaluated based on the following criteria:
1. Representativeness of the region of Belasitsa/Belles Mountains.
4. Photographic composition and quality.
And the winners are:
- The state to remove the illegal lift from Pionerska Hut to Rila Lakes Hut, built in the Rila National Park without any valid environmental impact assessment, as well as in violation of the State Property Act.
- The state to sanction the Sapareva Banya Municipality for its illegal expansion of the road to the lift and the parking lot next to it.
- The state to destroy the feudal symbiosis between the municipality and opportunists with jeeps and horses that continue illegally to upload tourists and turned the hiking trails in the Rila National Park into a dusty road.
Mayors urge the government to breach European Directives, in Order to Build Ski Resorts and Golf Courses
Are you ready to discover Belasitsa/Belles Mountain travelling in three different countries?
Take part in the Student Exchange and you will learn about the Mountain the culture and the history of the region. The four day exchange will take place in Bulgaria, Greece and FYR Macedonia offering the participants a chance to experience and explore Belasitsa in all of them. The students will get acquainted with the nature values of the area and get an insight into the administration responsibilities of Belasitsa Nature Park and Lake Kerkini National Park. Presentations on biodiversity protection, nature protected areas management, and tourism opportunities in the region will contribute to the experience.
The time is running out! The final term for participation registration is October 15th 2013.
Everyone is welcome to take part does not matter if you are a professional photographer or just a nature lover with a camera. The only requirement is to have pictures from Belasitsa Mountain or its surrounding.
The 45 best photos selected from the contest will be used for elaboration of a traveling exhibition promoting Belasitsa as an eco-tourism destination and will be published on the web portal www.belasitsa.com.
Photographs will be accepted under three major categories: Nature, People and Culture via email in an electronic format. Submission e-mail address: email@example.com.
Are you ready for mountain adventures in one the most beautiful and least known mountains in Bulgaria?
If it is so take part in the International Youth Camp Belasitsa Nature Park – a refuge for biodiversity and nature lovers.
The time is running out! The final term for participation registration is September 10th 2013.
The first edition of the Festival in 2013 is dedicated to the main product of the lagoon – salt and its different usage as food, for health, entertainment, in cosmetics and even for art. What is salt and why it is so important to continue its extraction from the lake, how salt is connected with birds- this will understand the participants in the Festival.
Follow the detailed information about the Festival in the web site of Salt of Life Project, LIFE+ www.saltoflife.biodiversity.bg
Noted conservation leader Dr.Jane Goodall enthusiastically liberated the group into a forested island in Lake Victoria, which is a protected chimpanzee sanctuary. Following their confiscation in 2010 in Bulgaria, repatriation in March of this year, and months of Rehabilitation in Uganda, these threatened parrots are now free, marking the first time that parrots confiscated in the EU have been returned to the wild in Africa.
We would like to announce the first International Youth Camp in the frame of the project “Belasitsa Beyond Borders – Transboundary Cooperation along the Balkan Green Belt”.
The camp will gather young people from Bulgaria, Greece and FYR Macedonia on the territory of the newest Nature Park in Bulgaria – Belasitsa Nature Park.
Training in applying the Adaptive Management method 'Open Standards'
During the week, we will work on a real case, namely component C1 of the
Program 'Linking Nature Protection and Sustainable Rural Development'.
Mr. Vladimir Milushev from the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF)
will offer a short introduction to the program, component C1 and the project site on the first day of the workshop.