02/08/2021

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30/07/2021 Allowed quota for Kalofer town - Panitsite locality - Botev Peak 07.08.2021 is reached

According to the Central Balkan National Park Management plan, Road Kalofer town - Panitsite locality - Botev Peak is with restricted access of until 10 motor vehicles per day and it is allowed only in the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and thought the Bulgarian official rest days from the 1st of June to the 15th of September.

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29/07/2021 Prevented fire on the territory of Central Balkan National Park

On the afternoon of July 28, a signal was given for smoke in the area of the road from the Beklemeto resort complex to the Chuchul chalet. The signal was given by Stoyan Zagorchev – a livestock owner from the village of Hristo Danovo (Karlovo municipality) and a user of pasture area on the territory of the Central Balkan National Park.

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27/07/2021 Be a ranger for a day 2

For the second year the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, in partnership with the Natural History Museum and the Vasil Levski School of Mountain Guides in the village of Cherni Osam, is organizing a children's holiday dedicated to World Ranger Day – July 31.

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26/07/2021

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22/07/2021 Allowed quota for Kalofer town - Panitsite locality - Botev Peak 25.07.2021 is reached

According to the Central Balkan National Park Management plan, Road Kalofer town - Panitsite locality - Botev Peak is with restricted access of until 10 motor vehicles per day and it is allowed only in the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and thought the Bulgarian official rest days from the 1st of June to the 15th of September.

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21/07/2021 An annual plan for the use of medicinal plants in Central Balkan National Park, 2021 has been approved

An annual plan for the use of medicinal plants in Central Balkan National Park, 2020 has been approved

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09/07/2021 Guided tours in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park

The Central Balkan National Park Directorate organizes free guided tours in the beech forests, part of a serial site on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Three visits are planned in 2021 and three in 2022. They will be of varying difficulty - low, medium and high. The aim is to enable a wider range of people to touch corners of Bulgarian nature that have received international recognition.

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09/07/2021 INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A COMPETITION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A GRAPHIC SIGN (LOGO) OF THE CENTRAL BALKANS BIOSPHERE PARK

In the implementation of some of the activities under the project "Creating a comprehensive brand of Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve ", funded by the UNESCO Participation Program, Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a competition for a graphic sign (logo) of the Biosphere Reserve.

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09/07/2021 The implementation of a project for Creating a comprehensive brand of the Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve begins

The project will develop a recognizable brand of the expanded and renamed in 2017 Biosphere Reserve. The brand will contribute to the identification of local products and services, as well as to distinguish them from their counterparts on the market.

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08/07/2021 An annual plan for the use of mushrooms and wild fruits other than medicinal plants in Central Balkan National Park, 2021 has been approved

The plan outlines the procedures for determining the quantities of mushrooms and wild fruits other than medicinal plants allowed for collection. The quantities are provided in order to ensure environmentally-friendly livelihoods of the population through successful practices to ensure timely implementation of the seasonal campaign for the use of these resources, creating conditions for the development of environmentally friendly livelihoods of the local population.

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06/07/2021 Central Balkan National Park Directorate organized a public discussion.

Based on Art. 60 of the Protected Areas Act, the Central Balkan National Park Directorate organized a public discussion of the implementation of the Мanagement plan of the Central Balkan National Park. The event will take place on July 28, 2021 from 11.00 am in the Art Gallery "Hristo Tsokev" in Gabrovo, in compliance with the current temporary anti-epidemic measures.

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23/06/2021 Road Beklemeto locality - Dermenka hut in Central Balkan National Park temporarily closed

By order of the Director of the Central Balkan National Park from June 23 to December 31, 2021, the movement, stay and parking of vehicles on the road Beklemeto locality - Dermenka hut due to repairs. This is a road with free access, according to the Management Plan of tCentral Balkan National Park 2016 - 2025.

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12/04/2021 The Central Balkan National Park Directorate will mark the borders of the managed protected territories

The marking represents two horizontal stripes - white and red. It is placed to be visible when entering the protected area.

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21/07/2020 Central Balkan National Park Directorate has commissioned the repair of an existing road from Beklemeto locality to Dermenka

Rehabilitation activities are carried out within the Contract under the project "Restoration and protection of natural habitats and species in Central Balkan National Park", funded by the Operational Program "Environment 2014 - 2020".

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Biosphere Reserve

Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve is situated in the most central part of Bulgaria, inextricably connected to the highest part of Stara Planina (Balkan Range). It has an area of over 369,000 hectares and includes the Central Balkan National Park, along with the nine reserves located therein and the territories of 5 of the neighbouring municipalities.

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.
The region of Central Balkan is one of the most significant natural centres for the protection of biodiversity and wildlife in Europe. It is characterised by significant landscape diversity.
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.

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