And this year, in support of the initiative "Let's clean up Bulgaria in one day, employees of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate" and volunteers cleaned parts of the Park's visitor infrastructure.Read more >>
In connection with the 40th anniversary of the declaration of the "Northern Jendem" reserve, the "Central Balkan National Park" Directorate announces a competition for children's drawing, under the title "Four seasons in the Central Balkan".Read more >>
The movement, stay and parking of motor vehicles is temporarily restricted on the road Troyanski prohod - Dermenka hut in the National Park
Restricted access is introduced on road No. 12 Troyanski prohod locality - Dermenka hut for visitors to the NPCB with motor vehicles (including ATVs and UTVs of all classes) for the purpose of tourism, allowing the movement of up to 10 motor vehicles per day, only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.Read more >>
The road rehabilitated under the Operational Program "Environment" from the Beklemeto area to the Dermenka hut was officially opened
On August 10, a ceremony was held for the official opening of the road that connects the high mountain pass "Beklemeto" with the "Dermenka" hut in the "Central Balkan" National Park.Read more >>
To be a ranger for a day - this was the challenge for the children who yesterday participated in celebrating the World Ranger Day in Pavel Banya, organized by the "Central Balkan National park" Directorate. The sessions concluded with the presentation of certificates for the acquisition of "junior ranger" skills, and all participants received gifts.Read more >>
For the fourth consecutive year, the "Central Balkan National Park" Directorate celebrated Ranger's Day - July 31, dedicated to the park employees who take care of the protection of the protected territory, through a children's and youth holiday.Read more >>
On July 21 and 22, employees of the "Central Balkan National Park" Directorate participated in UZANA POLYANA FEST
Following the kind invitation of the Municipality of Gabrovo, employees of the "Central Balkan National Park" Directorate participated in the event held every year in the area of Uzana, near the town of Gabrovo, together with part of the team of the Natural Science Museum - Cherni Osam, which are partners of the Park Directorate.Read more >>
An annual plan for the use of medicinal plants in the Central Balkan National Park for 2023 has been approved.
By Order No. RD-138/ 21.07.2023 of the Director of the Central Balkan National Park, the Annual Plan for the use of medicinal plants in the Central Balkan National Park, 2023 (Plan 2023) was approved.Read more >>
Tsarichina Reserve was declared on July 18, 1949. It is located near the village of Ribaritsa, at the northern foot of Mount Vezhen. There are more than 30 species of mammals in Tsarichina, 75 of the more than 90 species of birds found in the reserve nest there. It houses over 600 species of plants. After beech, spruce, fir and white mulberry are the most widespread - here is its northernmost location in the world. You can see the beautiful colors of the rhododendron, of the fire-red charmer - queen, which gave the reserve its name.Read more >>
The Sokolna Reserve is part of the Central Balkan National Park. It was declared a reserve on July 11, 1979, in order to preserve characteristic habitats and localities of rare and protected species in the Balkan massif of Triglav.The “Peeshti Skali” (Singing Rocks) reserve is located in the northeastern part of the Park. It was declared as such on July 11, 1979. It was created with the aim of preserving high mountain treeless habitats, natural beech forests and characteristic fauna of the Rositsa river basin.Read more >>
Final press conference was held under Project No. BG16M1OP002-3.007-0006 "Restoration and protection of natural habitats and species in the Central Balkan National Park"
On June 30 (Friday) in the Education and Information Center of the "Central Balkan National Park" Directorate in the city of Gabrovo, a final press conference was held under Project No. BG16M1OP002-3.007-0006 "Restoration and protection of natural habitats and species in the Central Balkan National Park" , approved by Order No.RD-OP-96/26.09.2018 of the Minister of Environment and Water, under the Operational Program "Environment 2014-2020",Read more >>
During the past week - on June 20 and 22, a total of 58 children aged between eight and nine years from the school "Vela Blagoeva" - Veliko Tarnovo. Veliko Tarnovo and their teachers walked the route of the eco-trail Vidimsko praskalo. The hikes were held as part of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate's educational program - "The Park as a Classroom", the "With a Ranger in Central Balkan" initiative. The groups were accompanied by rangers and experts, employees of the Park Directorate.Read more >>
Central Balkan National Park Directorate organizes the cleaning of objects in the protected territory on the occasion of June 5
Employees of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate participated in a campaign to clean up objects in the protected territory characterized by increased attendance. On Friday, June 2, the area of the Haydushka pesen hut in the territory of the village of Chiflik was cleaned. Employees from the "Troyan" Park Section and from the Park Directorate in the city of Gabrovo took part in the action. The following day - Saturday, cleaning was carried out along the high mountain pass Troyan - KarnareRead more >>
After checking, it turned out to be bird released in 2022 from the adaptation aviary in the locality of Shopov egrek, Central Balkan National Park. After its release, the bird was kept and settled permanently in the area of the aviary, where it was last recorded on April 30, 2022. The distance traveled between the release site and the surveillance in Serbia is 430 km.Read more >>
Forty-one projects of students have been ranked in the first phase of the XVth edition of the National Student Competition "Ambassadors of Health"
he competition is organized by the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Environment and Water, the State Agency for Child Protection, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian youth Red Cross and the National Center for Public Health and Analysis.Read more >>
By order of the Director of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, the movement, standing and parking of motor vehicles (including ATVs and UTVs of all classes) on the road of Beklemeto - Dermenka hut from Appendix No. 3.2.3. Roads with free access and parking lots to them in the Central Balkan Natinal Park, Management Plan 2016-2025, in connection with the safe implementation of the repair and restoration activities on the road until 25/06/2023.Read more >>
The theme of 2023 is "From agreement to action: Build back biodiversity"Read more >>
The plan is drawn up in accordance with the Protected Areas Low and aims to regulate and administer the use of medicinal plants, non-medicinal wild fruits and mushrooms on the territory of the Central Balkan National Park, under so as not to allow damage to the natural habitats and species where the collection is carried out, creating prerequisites for the development of an environmentally friendly livelihood of the population.Read more >>
Central Balkan National Park Directorate and Natural History Museum - Cherni Osam village celebrated World Water Day together
World Water Day - March 22 - was celebrated with a celebration in the yard of the Natural History Museum in the village of Cherni Osam. More than 40 children and Museum visitors participated in the event. The main topic of the talks were the rivers, the living conditions in them, the organisms that inhabit them and live nearby, the importance of water bodies, as well as the human impact on river ecosystems.Read more >>
The Ministry of Health announces the beginning of the 15th edition of the National Student Competition "Ambassadors of Health". The purpose of the competition is to promote a healthy lifestyle among young people, emphasizing the prevention of behavioral and health risk factors related to unhealthy eating, low physical activity, alcohol abuse and smoking.Read more >>
Draft of an Annual plan for livestock grazing and using of hay in the Central Balkan NP 2023 was announced with an Order of CBNPD Director.Read more >>
By Order of the Director of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, movement, standing and parking on road No. 17 - Neshkovtsi locality - Kiselitsa locality from Annex 3.1.16 - "Road infrastructure in the CBNP" is prohibited without exception due to violation of the abutments of a bridge.Read more >>
The road town of Kalofer - Panitsite locality - Botev peak is closed for motor vehicle traffic for the purpose of tourism
By order of the Director of the Central Balkans National Park Directorate, a restricted access road, according to the Management Plan of the national park, Kalofer - Panitsike - Botev peak is closed to motor vehicle traffic for the purpose of tourisRead more >>
The BR originates from four smaller biosphere reserves included in the MAB program in 1977. These are the strict natural reserves of Boatin, Tsarichina, Steneto and Dzhendema. In 2017, these biosphere reserves were transformed, expanded and renamed to create Central Balkan – Biosphere Reserve, meeting the requirements and principles of Seville's strategy.
Part of the territory of the Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve is a National Park with the same name. It was declared in 1991 and corresponds with the Category II of the IUCN Protected Area Category System.
There are three zones in the BR:
- Core zone – includes the nine strict natural reserves of Boatin, Tsarichina, Kozya stena, Steneto, Severen Dzhendem, Peeshti skali, Sokolna, Dzhendema and Stara Reka within the boundariae of the national park;
- Buffer zone – covers the entire territory of the park outside the reserves in it;
- Transition zone – the territories of the municipalities bordering the National Park – Troyan, Sevlievo, Pavel Banya, Karlovo and Anton.
CBNP (the core and buffer zones of the biosphere reserve) is one of the most important ecological corridors in the South Eastern Europe, supporting genetic exchange, distribution and connections between species from the Carpathians and other mountains in Eastern Europe, the southern parts of the Balkan Peninsula and Asia Minor.
The grasslands are distributed mainly in the upper subalpine and alpine treeless areas in the park. Under the 8 centuries of intensive grazing’s influence (including annual burning of bushes and trees) on the ridge parts of the park have formed extensive grassland communities.
Beech forests cover approximately 60 000 ha of the CBBR and are one of the biggest compact, relatively unchanged by men massifs in Europe. The dominant species is the common beech. Average age of the beech communities in the core and buffer zones of the biosphere reserve is 135 years, including some vital forests aged 240. Coniferous woods have limited size and are vastly dominated by the Norway spruce. The region is the northernmost point in the world and the only one in Stara Planina where the Balkan endemic Macedonian pine is growing naturally.
CBBR presents the opportunities for sustainable development through sustainable tourism, presenting historical and archaeological sites, architectural landmarks and preserved traditional crafts (wood-carving, icon-painting, leather-processing, weaving, pottery, coppersmith), enhance trading with local traditional products (home-made production of cheese, milk, rakia (Bulgarian brandy), wine, jams and other conserved food), as well as cultural festivals and gastronomic tourism and exchange of experience with other BR. The BR represents a framework for the sustainable development of the region.
The BR has a collective management body – an Advisory Council that plans and coordinates activities with the participation of all stakeholders.