Green Balkans at the annual “Young Blue Earth” festival

Green Balkans joined the annual “Young Blue Earth” festival organized by the Regional Natural History Museum – Plovdiv.

The two-day program of the festival gathered organizations and institutions in the "Dondukova Garden" park with one common goal - through creative and educational games to present the unique beauty of our nature and why our help is necessary.

Green Balkans participated for the second year in a row and this year's theme  was "Let's protect them". Part of the program was presentation of the Pomorie Lake through an educational magnetic board representing the biodiversity of the hypersaline lagoon. Magnetic cards of the most emblematic species found their natural habitats with the help of all young nature lovers who took part in our quizz. Puzzles with questions and little known facts about cetaceans in the Black Sea and about one unfortunately extinct from our fauna species – the symbol of Bulgarian nature conservation - the Bearded Vulture. The activities also included a drawing workshop and a board game about the ecological network of protected areas Natura 2000, as well as a game with "fishing rods" where we cleaned rubbish from the sea. Real size models of Sandwich Tern and Red-breasted Goose were greeting the visitors at the stand and those of the Griffon and the Black Vulture were presenting the “Bright Future for Black Vulture” program activities.

It was a pleasure for the “Natura 2000 in Bulgaria - New Horizons” project team to be part of the initiative of the Regional Natural History Museum – Plovdiv and to introduce species facing a wide range of threats, some of them even on the brink of extinction, to the public. Thanks to environmentalists from Green Balkans and other NGO’s these species are back in our country’s nature. These are: cetaceans; the vultures - Griffon, Black, Bearded and Egyptian vulture; the Sandwich Tern; the Lesser Kestrel and others.

In order to prevent the extinction of more endangered species, it is important to be aware of the threats which the most vulnerable species are facing and act and take measures now before it is too late.
We would like to thank our volunteers Martin Georgiev, Mina Popova and Nedyalka Atsenova for their participation and help during this event.

Polina Hristova - Communication specialist - mob. number: + 359882508721, e-mail: phristova@greenbalkans.org
Anelia Pavlova - Coordinator - mob. number: + 359899269576, e-mail: apavlova@greenbalkans.org

Additional information:

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.

Red-breasted Goose:
The Red-breasted Goose is a globally threatened and protected species, subject to preservation by the ecological network Natura 2000. Bulgaria is an important place for the conservation of this species - almost the entire world population spends the winter in the region of Primorska Dobrudzha. More about the species HERE.

Sandwich Tern:
At present the Sandwich Tern breeds in Bulgaria only in Pomorie Lake and Atanasovsko Lake. Thanks to years of hard work, today the population of the species in Pomorie Lake is the largest on the Balkans Peninsula. Registered as an endangered species and included in the Birds Directive, the Sandwich Tern and its habitats are subject to preservation by the ecological network Natura 2000. More about the species HERE.

Griffon Vulture:
Widespread and numerous in the past, at the end of the last century the Griffon Vulture had only 1-2 active nests restricted to the Eastern Rhodopes. Thanks to the efforts of conservation organizations, today the population of the species is growing and we can see it in the Balkan Mountains, Eastern Rhodopes and Kresna. The species and its habitats are protected by the Natura 2000 ecological network. 

Bearded Vulture:
Subject of protection within the ecological network Natura 2000, a symbol of Bulgarian nature conservation, unfortunately also extinct from the Bulgarian fauna since the 60s. Its former habitats are Natura 2000 protected areas.

This event is implemented within the “Natura 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons” project:

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