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The Magic of Pomorie Lake EcoFest - August 22-23

The Magic of Pomorie Lake EcoFest - August 22-23

25.08.2008

The official representatives of the World Bank for Bulgaria – Mr. Florian Fichtl and Mrs. Ana Georgieva, together with their families, as well as the agricultural councilor at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bulgaria – Mr. Herman van Wissen attended the opening of the festival.
Mr. Fichtl and Mrs. Georgieva released Storks, successfully treated in the Wildlife Rescue Centre at Green Balkans – Stara Zagora, while Mr. Wissen took park in the afternoon photo-safari along the shore of the lake.

Extraordinary photos of wild birds and fascinating sceneries of the salt lagoon were taken by the participants of a professional photo plein-air, which took part two days before the official opening of the Festival.
You can see some of the pictures Here.

The pictures were presented in the Museum of Salt during the event, just before the Eco-film Fest projection. The two newest film productions of Green Balkans – “NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria” and “Bulgarian Forest – present, but what about future?”, which will both be officially presented in September raised greatest excitement among the audience.

There was also huge interest in the bird watching stand of Green Balkans, where bird-lovers from all ages observed rare and threatened bird species with spotting-scopes. This was a good sign and a proof of the excellent opportunities for developing alternative forms of tourism, not only because of the natural beauties of the Lake, but also due to the interest showed by the visitors.

The informational materials provided by the exhibitors almost finished during the first festival day alone. The local fruit growers, wine and honey producers cancelled their participation at the last moment, but the stands of the Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism, The Association of Parks in Bulgaria, the salt-producers of Pomorie Lake, the Pomorie Balneo-hotel, the Municipality of Pomorie, the local Museum of History, the Museum of Salt, the Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital, Green Balkans Federation, etc. compensated for the absence of the others. Among the exhibitors were also representatives of the Delta del Po Nature Park – Italy and Constanta Sea Reserve – Romania.
The younger guests of the festival enjoyed an improvised kids’ atelier at the shore, where the Green Coast Foundation, together with volunteers of Green Balkans organized various workshops and games.

We would like to thank all exhibitors in the Festival: Delta del Po Nature Park/Italy, Constanta Sea Reserve/Romania, Association of Parks in Bulgaria and the Park Directorates of the Strandja Nature Park, Zlatni pyasatsi Nature Park, Bulgarka Nature Park, Vitosha Nature Park, Persina Nature Park, the Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism, Pomoriiski solnici Ltd, Solari 98, Museum of Salt, Pomorie Balneohotel, Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital – Pomorie, Teodora Gallery, Green Coast Foundation, Museum of History – Pomorie and Municipality of Pomorie for their enthusiasm and willing to take part in the festival.

We are also grateful to the photographers Vladimir Stoyanov, Minko Mihaylov, Nikolai Jankov and Dobromir Dobrinov for the wonderful pictures from Pomorie Lake they shared with us. We would like to also thank all volunteers of Green Balkans, whose dedicated assistance made the implementation of the Festival possible.
We would like to express our gratitude to our donors and partners who supported the initiative: World Bank and GEF, The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bulgaria, the European Commission, the Democracy Commission at the US Embassy in Bulgaria.
Let us also thank our advertisers Balneohotel Pomorie.

We hope that the EcoFest will become a tradition, with wider national and international participation, in order to present alternatives for developing Black Sea tourism, while there are still things to see from Bulgarian Nature!

The pictures taken by the photographers can be seen in the Picture Gallery.

A poster, 7 kinds of stickers, a set of 12 post-cards and a puzzle, all presenting the biodiversity and beauty of Pomorie Lake were issued especially for the Festival.