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The second organized guided tour in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park took us to Vidimsko Praskalo waterfall

08 September 2021
The second 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, 4th of September.
During the organized visit on the route from Vidima HPP to the viewing platform under the Vidimsko Praskalo waterfall, the 25 participants met closely with the National Park and its reserves, with the valuable natural beech forests, defining the appearance of the Old continent few centuries ago, and with their biodiversity. The walk in the cool forests of the Severen Dzhendem Reserve was a great opportunity to learn new interesting facts, meet new people, have fun and contact with the preserved nature of the Central Balkan Mountains. And for the little ones it was an occasion for games and outdoor play.
The last for 2021 organized visit to the beech forests, which have received the prestigious international recognition, is forthcoming. It will take place on Saturday, 11th of September, on the route from the Panitsite locality to the Ray chalet. Three similar excursions are planned in 2022. The walks aim to give aim to enable a wider range of people to touch places of the Bulgarian nature, which have received international award.
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).