Celebrating the European Maritime Day with “Trakiya – Plovdiv - 2008”

We celebrated this important ecological date together with “Trakiya – Plovdiv - 2008” Community Centre for a second year in a row.
The aim of the Community Centre project this year, titled “Sea dreams”, was in a fun way to provoke the children to think more about sea conservation and its biodiversity. The celebration began with an interesting talk about the sea in general and its conservation. It was prepared and presented by the “Natura 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons” project team.  We told the students from “Bratya Miladinovi” Primary School about cetaceans in the Black Sea, their research and conservation. Furthermore, in May, the month of Natura 2000, it was important to point out to the children what cetacean species are significant and why they are part of the European network of protected areas.
Besides the talk, the organisers have prepared a workshop where the children had the chance to create a “sea haven” out of plasticine, “ocean” tiaras and other jewellery. While some children assembled jigsaw puzzles with dolphins, others made decorations with sand and seashells.

We would like to thank the organisers for the kind invitation and the good cooperation!

Aneliya Pavlova – Coordinator – tel. +359899269576; e-mail: apavlova@greenbalkans.org
Polina Hristova - Communication Officer – tel. +359882508721; e-mail: phristova@greenbalakns.org

Additional information:
European Maritime Day
On the 20th May we celebrate the European Maritime Day - an initiative that started back in 2007 aiming to raise the public awareness on marine importance and marine industry, as well as promote the creation of European maritime identity. This day, dedicated to the sea, promotes the good management of coastal areas, seas and oceans by all citizens and interested stakeholders. The major initiative covers events in entire Europe, as 10 of them are in Bulgaria, and 2 – in Plovdiv.

Natura 2000
Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network for nature conservation. More than 30% of the territory of Bulgaria falls within the scope of the network - 120 areas for the protection of wild birds and 234 areas for the protection of natural habitats.

There are 3 species of cetaceans in the Black Sea - Bottlenose Dolphin, Short-beaked Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise, endemic to our sea. Persecuted in the past, not much is known today about the state of the populations of the three species. The Bottlenose Dolphin and the Harbour Porpoise are subject to protection by the Natura 2000 ecological network and special marine protected areas are declared for their protection.

The activities are implemented within:
Green Balkans
Hobby Tv
Natura 2000