Elena Kmetova - a Green Balkans officer and volunteer of the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre – Stara Zagora spent three months as an intern in the falcon breeding facility at the International Wildlife Consultancy (IWC), Carmarthen, Wales for a second year.
A complaint addressing on-going swaps of state owned forests in Bulgaria submitted to the European Commission
“To Let Nature Remains in Bulgaria” Coalition submitted a complaint against the on-going swaps of state forests to DG Competition of the European Commission.
On the 8th and 9th of July 2008 a team of Green Balkans implemented marking of birds of the globally threatened species – Imperial Eagle.
The underground hide built by Green Balkans team at our vulture feeding site near the town of Ivaylovgrad has already been functioning. This facility could be used for monitoring and taking pictures of birds without disturbing them.
At the height of the summer work is going on at top speed at Green Balkans’ Wildlife Rescue Center.
Today in the building of the National Assembly was hold a meeting among Bulgarian deputies and representatives of the Coalition of nature-conservation NGOs “Let Nature Remain in Bulgaria”. The most serious present problems concerning the protection of Bulgarian nature were discussed.
Sofia, 24 June 2008 – The Coalition of 30 NGOs “Let Nature Remain in Bulgaria” announced that the deputy Yunal Taksim together with other deputies submitted а bill for alterations in the Hunting Act on the 20th of June. The suggested alterations were not officially announced and the bill has not yet been published on the website of the National Assembly but the Parliamentary Commission for Agriculture and Forestry will consider it today on first reading.
In the period 18-20 June, 2008 in the town of Pazardjik activists of Green Balkans and other member organizations of Coalition Cyanide Free Bulgaria implemented a campaign for support of a petition for the ban of cyanide leaching on the territory of the country.
The traditional expedition along Maritsa River was implemented by a team of Green Balkans in June this year
Experts of Green Balkans have been implementing this expedition every year since the end of the 80s. The research is aiming to observe and analyze the changes in biodiversity as well as the changes in the condition of the river basin.
Green Balkans’ traditional expedition along the Danube was implemented in the period June 10th-14th, 2008
The expedition is part of Green Balkans’ program for studying and conservation of the biological diversity of the Danube.
Celebrating the Day of the Environment at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center
This year the team at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center celebrated the Day of the Environment together with the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Waters. Our guests were students from VI School – Stara Zagora. The children visited the center and took part in conversations regarding the problems of our home – the Earth.
On June 5th , 2008 – World Day of Environment – Green Balkans organized and took part in a press conference concerning the ecological problems in Rila Mountain
The media were introduced to facts proving that the European Bird Directive was violated and to scientific arguments that the slopes of Rila Mountain beneath the borders of the National Park must be protected as a part of NATURA 2000. Again was referred to the problem with the devastation of the forests in Rila and the disturbance of the water balance of the mountain.
A total of 585,92 BGN was raised as part of two SMS campaigns where donors could send a text message and donate money to the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center.
The European Commission is sending a first written warning to Bulgaria for taking insufficient measures to protect nature. The case concerns Bulgaria's failure to designate adequate Special Protection Areas (SPAs) for migratory and vulnerable wild bird species, which violates the EU directive on the conservation of wild birds.
From 19 to 23 May, 2008 in the village of Belozem - an European village of the stork for the year 2005 – was held a cultural and educational program on an environmental subject-matter. In the program participated children from the 1st to 8th school grade.