Green Balkans celebrated the European NATURA 2000 Day with a campaign in different parts of the country

Green Balkans celebrated the European NATURA 2000 Day with a campaign in different parts of the country

Green Balkans celebrated European NATURA 2000 Day at various sites throughout the country in order to promote species and habitats of European conservation importance.

In partnership with other NGOs and institutions, Green Balkans joined the international celebration with the following initiatives:

- Belozem - participation in the International White Stork Festival – 19 May, from 10:00 to 17:00, for contact: Doncho Kirov, tel.: 0888515662;
- Open Day at the Wildlife Rescue Center - 21 May, from 11:00 to 16:00, for contact: Hristina Klisurova, tel.: 0886570053;
- Open Day at the Green Balkans Demonstration and Information Center in Levka, Svilengrad, Sakar SPA - 21 May, from 8:00 to 18:00, for contact: Simeon Marin, tel.: 0889223173;
- Presentation of an exhibition for the Red-breasted Goose in the Green Information Center of Shabla - 20 to 30 May, for contact: Daniela Todorova, tel.: 0882299036;
- Open Day and Presentation of the Exhibition on Black Sea Cetaceans at the Pomorie Lake Visitor Center, 21 May, from 11:00 to 16:00, for contact: Dimitar Popov, tel.: 0885108712;
Visitors had the opportunity to learn more about not only the cetaceans in the Black Sea from the specialized exhibition in the Center, but also to observe the inhabitants of the salt lagoon through the video surveillance system created with the support of the "You and Lidl for a better life" initiative.
- Bats Exhibition at Plovdiv Natural History Museum - Plovdiv, 20 to 30 May, for contact: Svetozara Kazandzhieva, tel.: 0886120449;
- Bats exhibition at Zahari Knyazhevski Regional Library (until 20 June) and reading for children of the book "Adventures of Darky the bat " - Stara Zagora, on 21May, at 11:30, for contact: Elena Stoeva, tel.: 0887574699.

On 21 May we celebrate the European Day of NATURA 2000. Its aim is to raise awareness of the need to conserve natural habitats and flora and fauna species that inhabit these. Even though the ecological network has a 24-year history with its environmental, social and economic benefits, it is still well known only to a very small part of Europe's population. This lack of awareness is one of the main problems with the conservation of NATURA 2000.

Natura 2000 is a pan-European network of protected areas designed to ensure the long-term survival of the most valuable and endangered species and habitats for Europe in line with the major international environmental and biodiversity agreements. The aim of this ecological network is to maintain biodiversity in conjunction with sustainable regional development, including in economic, social and cultural contexts. The sites within the ecological network are defined in accordance with two of the European Union's main directives - Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (referred to as the EU Habitats Directive) and Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds (referred to as the EU Birds Directive).

Currently, the European Natura 2000 network includes over 27,300 sites covering in total more than 18% of the territory of 28 European countries. Currently, the national network Natura 2000 in Bulgaria covers 114 areas for the conservation of wild birds and 228 areas for protection of wild habitats, covering respectively 20,4% and 29,5% (33,8% total coverage). The main problems facing our country in relation to the implementation of Natura 2000 are the lack of specialized administration for the management and control of the sites, the lack of management plans, the easy procedures for land use change and the insufficient capacity for evaluation and monitoring of development plans affecting the sites.

For additional information:
Elena Stoeva, Project Manager of Bright Future for the Black Vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/649
tel.: 0887574699, e-mail: