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Jun 10, 2014
Study trip to Norway for exchange of know-how and integration of the Norwegian knowledge in the project implementation
During the period of 02-08.06.2014 part of the Bulgarian project team had the opportunity to participate in a study visit to Norway for exchange of know-how and integration of the Norwegian knowledge into the project implementation.
The Norwegian Environmental Agency - a project partner of Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) in the “GIS” project, organized and hosted the study visit which resulted into a series of interesting and valuable meetings with useful insides and information.
May 26, 2014
The Website of Project GIS is already active
The site provides information for the project objectives and activities, the partnership with the Norwegian Environment agency and its role for the implementation of the project. The site also provides periodic information regarding the ongoing project activities and achievements. The visitors of the site have access to all materials and presentations, that are used and presented during the planned trainings – part of the activities which will be implemented during the project. 
EAA Grants
Apr. 25, 2014
Training for youths for monitoring and advocacy through utilization of spatial data is going to start
Beside presentations, during the three day training lectures from the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, the Norwegian Environment Agency,  the Bulgarian Executive Environment Agency and the Coalition “For The Nature” have prepared interesting practical exercise, that will demonstrate the importance of the civic monitoring and advocacy when forming and applying policies and related measured and decisions.
Lecture GIS proekt
Apr. 03, 2014
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
Part of the themes that will be covered by the training include: Role, importance and forms of civic monitoring and advocacy for the process of policy and decision making; Nature  protection in Bulgaria, Acts and regulations for nature protection; How to react when a violation of an act/regulation is found; Rights for information access; Examples for civic initiatives and advocacy and how they influence on policy measure; Presenting the Norwegian experience: The role of the Norwegian society for nature protection; Involvement of stakeholders in nature protection; Role of the Norwegian NGOs; Possibilities for utilization and access to data bases for the needs of nature protection; Campaigns and advocacy; Methods for evaluation of the values of biodiversity and linking it with the economics  and with the decision and policy making process.
Opening of the exhibition
Apr. 03, 2014
The opening of the exhibition took place in the office building of Lake Kerkini Management Authority, village of Kerkini, Greece on 1st April 2014. The photos will be exhibited until 31st of May.
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.
EAA Grants
Mar 31, 2014
Theme: Presentation of the GIS project – Green citizens, Information systems, Saved nature
02.04.2014 (Wednesday) start: 18:30, hall 163, of the Biology Faculty of the Sofia university „St. Kliment Ohridski”
Presenters: Peter Todorov and Tanya Georgieva Schnell
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
Feb. 28, 2014
New BBF project with benefits for the civil society and the nature is starting
Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation and the Norwegian Environmental Agency are partners in a new project, which is going to be in favour of the civic society and the nature protection in Bulgaria
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.
- Woman from the village of Yavornitsa chopping firewood, author: Pavel Gospodinov
Dec. 04, 2013
Photo contest The Incredible Belasitsa Winners
Finally we have the winners of the photo contest The Incredible Belasitsa announced.
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.
2. Attractiveness;
3. Creativity;
4. Photographic composition and quality.

And the winners are:
7te Rilski ezera
Nov. 08, 2013
The government continues to stay idle, while the Seventh Rila Lakes disappear
As in recent months no action are taken by the government on the issue of the destruction of the Seven Rila Lakes, which could lead to their extinction, the coalition of NGOs and civic groups “Let the NATURE remain in Bulgaria” demands:
- 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.
Oct. 31, 2013
Bulgarian government announced new marine protected areas, but again missed Low Rila protected area
Coalition of NGOs and civic groups “Let the NATURE remain in Bulgaria” welcomes the widening of the Natura 2000 network in its aquatic part, approved yesterday by the Council of Ministers. The announcement of the marine protected areas is part of the obligation of each EU member state on the Habitats Directive and a chance to preserve a number of aquatic species in the Black Sea, where protected areas are fully missing.
However, the delay of the announcement of the “Lower Rila” protected area continues, although the term for it expired at the end of this September.
Oct. 23, 2013
New construction in Yailata, although the European Commission sues Bulgaria for Kaliakra
The coalition of NGOs and civic groups “Let the NATURE remain in Bulgaria” express it strong disagreement with the project for upgrade of the medieval fortress in the Yailata protected area.
The latter belongs to the protected area of Kaliakra, part of the European ecological network Natura 2000. Currently Bulgaria is facing a trial in the Court of Justice of the European Union because of the excessive construction of wind farms near Kaliakra.
Oct. 22, 2013
Mayors urge the government to breach European Directives, in Order to Build Ski Resorts and Golf Courses
The coalition of NGOs and civil groups "Let the Nature Remain in Bulgaria" received a copy of a letter, signed by the mayors of several municipalities in South-Western Bulgaria. It requests from the Parliament and the Government to breach a number of European directives, related to the protection of the environment. Their objective is to ensure an opportunity for bypassing the rules, in order to build without any control ski-runs, golf courses and spa centres in their municipalities. The letter is dated 12th September 2013, but it is still not clear if it has actually been sent to the chairman of the parliament – member of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), the Prime Minister and several other ministers. It has been signed by the mayors of Samokov, Dolna Banya, Kyustendil, Sapareva Banya, Rila, Kocherinovo, Boboshevo, Dupnitsa, Bankso, Razlog etc.
Oct. 02, 2013
The final term for participation registration for the International Student Exchange– AN INSIGHT TO NATURE PROTECTION AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM is approaching.

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.
Sep. 02, 2013
The Incredible Belastisa Photo Contest starts on 1st September 2013. The main goal of the Contest is to select photos presenting the beauty of the region of Belasitsa/Belles Mountain situated in three countries (Bulgaria, Greece and FYR Macedonia).
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
Photographs will be accepted under three major categories: Nature, People and Culture via email in an electronic format. Submission e-mail address:
Aug. 14, 2013
Mountain Adventures for young people on the territory of Belasitsa Nature Park in Bulgaria
The final term for participation registration for the International Youth Camp Belasitsa Nature Park – a refuge for biodiversity and nature lovers is approaching

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.
Aug. 02, 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+

Jul 20, 2013
Threatened African Grey Parrots returned to the wild after three-year intercontinental odyssey
Seventeen African Grey Parrots were returned to the wild this week, ending their harrowing three‐year journey in the international illegal wildlife trade.
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.
Jul 15, 2013
It’s time for mountain adventures!
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.