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12/04/2024

tendering procedure: FOR PROVISION OF TOURIST SERVICES / ACTIVITIES

PROVISION OF TOURIST SERVICES / ACTIVITIES IN THE BYALA REKA VISITORS' COMPLEX, Kalofer, Central Balkan National Park

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10/04/2024

Two experts from the Central Balkan National Park Directorate accompanied students from the 5th grade at the "ACADEMIC IVAN GUZELEV" Hight School, Gabrovo, on an organized walk in the surroundings of the city.

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10/04/2024

Central Balkan National Park Directorate and the community center in the village of Anton celebrated the Week of the Forest

Within the framework of the Week of the Forest in the period April 1-5, the Central Balkan National Park Directorate presented an exhibition in the building of the community center in the village of Anton of the winning works from the children's drawing competition "Four Seasons in the Central Balkan" 2023.

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09/04/2024

Offenders with a long-barreled firearm were caught on the territory of the Central Balkan National Park

Upon a signal from the Director of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, a search was conducted by employees of the Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Troyan, during which it was established that two persons had brought a long-barreled firearm into the territory of the Central Balkan National Park.

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05/04/2024

Today we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the declaration of the Stenetto Reserve.

In 1962 it was declared a national park, it was recategorized into a reserve in 1979. With an area of almost 3,600 hectares, the reserve is the second largest in the Central Balkan National Park after Dzhendema.

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01/04/2024

Celebrating The Forest Week

In 2024, from April 1 to 7, we celebrate the Forest Week.

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01/04/2024

April 1 – International Bird Day

Today we celebrate International Bird Day. The decision to declare it a special date was made on December 6, 1906 under the Convention for the Protection of Rare Birds.

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28/03/2024

The largest National Park Central Balkan's Mountain Reserve Dzhendema turns 71 years old

Dzhendema reserve in Central Balkan National Park was declared on March 28, 1953 to protect valuable animal species - chamois, deer, roe deer, fawns. With an area of 4,220.2 ha, Dzhendema reserve is the largest Staroplanin reserve and one of the largest in Bulgaria. It is located in the Kalofers' mountain, on the southern slope of the Botev peak's massif. The undisputed wealth is the vast pastures and forests, almost untouched by human hands. Due to its unique geology and climate the area is at the heart of a modern center for the formation of new types of plant communities, rich in endemic and rare plants.

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27/03/2024

Meeting with stakeholders for the Annual Plan for grazing and hay use prezentation

On the 2nd of April, 2024, Tuesday, in the "Vasil Karaivanov" hall of the Municipality of Karlovo (town of Karlovo, "Petko Sabev" Str. №1), between representatives of the Central Balkan NP Directorate and candidate users of pastures in the Park a meeting will be held.

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26/03/2024

Water as a source of life.

On the occasion of water day, on March 25, The Central Balkan National Park Directorate experts conducted an eco-education lesson on the topic called "Water in the nature around us" with children from 1st to 3rd grade, from the Ivan Vazov elementary school in the city of Gabrovo.

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26/03/2024

Children's drawings еxhibition

The National Park Central Balkan"Directorate and The Hristo Botev 1925 community centre of the village of Anton, are pleased to invite you to the official opening of a children's Four seasons in the Central Balkan" drawing competition work exhibition.

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22/03/2024

The Draft of an Annual plan for livestock grazing and using of hay in the Central Balkan NP is published

Draft of an Annual plan for livestock grazing and using of hay in the Central Balkan NP 2024 was announced with an Order of CBNPD Director.

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22/03/2024

World Water Day 22 March 2024 - Water for peace

World Water Day celebrates water and inspires action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

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01/03/2024

Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a national photo contest under the title "Me and the Balkans".

Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a national photo contest

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24/10/2023

Festivals were held at Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve in the municipalities of Karlovo and Anton

The events took place on October 20 in the village of Anton and on October 21 in the town of Karlovo under the title Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve - Common future for people and nature. The places are not chosen randomly, because the two settlements are administrative centers in two of the five municipalities of the transition zone of the Biosphere Reserve.

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10/10/2023

The city of Troyan hosted the second celebration of the Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve

On Saturday (October 7) in the space in front of the Tourist Information Center of the city of Troyan, the second festival event took place under the title "Common Future for People and Nature", organized by the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, supported by the Municipality of Troyan.

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03/10/2023

The first celebration of the Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve was held in the city of Sevlievo

On Sunday (October 1) in the central city square in the city of Sevlievo, the festival event under the title "Common Future for People and Nature", organized by Central Balkan National Park Directorate, supported by Sevlievo Municipality.

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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.

Биосферен парк „Централен Балкан“