The first organized guided tour in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park was held

01 September 2021
The first organized walking tour in the beech forests of the Central Balkan - part of a serial site of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, took place on Saturday, 28th of August.
25 participants from all over the country passed along the chosen route from the Kordela area near the village of Divchovoto to the Kostina area in the outskirts of the village of Ribaritsa (Municipality of Teteven). Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the National Park, the reserves in it and in particular about the Boatin Reserve, the preserved beech forests and their biodiversity. In pleasant company and with the help of entertaining questions and games, the youngest participants also covered the distance of over 8 kilometers without any difficulties.
Two more similar visits are forthcoming in 2021 and three in 2022. The walks among the distinguished beech forests aim to enable a wider range of people to touch places of the Bulgarian nature, which have received international recognition.
Since 2017 the best preserved and most representative natural beech forests of the nine reserves of the Central Balkan National Park are part of the serial transnational site of UNESCO World Natural Heritage Ancient and Primeval Beech Forest of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe. With an area of nearly 11 thousand hectares, the Bulgarian component is the largest area among a total of 78 components, distributed in 12 European countries.
The visits to the forests of the Central Balkan are realized in the implementation of activity “3.02. Local and national awareness raising“ under the LIFE PROGNOSES Project LIFE20 PRE / BE / 00011 – LIFE PRotection of Old Growth Forests in Europe: Natural heritage, Outline, Synthesis and Ecosystem Services (Strengthening primary and old growth forest protection in Europe by capitalizing on World Heritage sites).
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