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25/09/2019 The Annual Plan for mushrooms and berries use in Central Balkan National Park, 2019 is approved

The Annual Plan is approved with an order of the Park`s Director.

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19/09/2019 Central Balkan National Park Directorate established a new one-day recreation center

The center for a one-day rest is located in Troyan Park Section, close to the Haydushka pesen hut. It is called 'Kozya stena", by the name of the Kozya stena Reserve. The recreation center has an interpretative part, information signs, outdoor classroom and benches.

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16/09/2019 Central Balkan National Park Directorate joins the сampaign Let's Clean Bulgaria Together

Employees of the Park Directorate participated in the campaign "Let's clean Bulgaria together" with collecting of household waste and refreshment of visitor infrastructure.

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14/08/2019 Appeal to the visitors of Central Balkan National Park

Relevant Measures to Prevent the Spread of African Swine Fever in the area of Central Balkan National Park

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13/08/2019 Repaired activities on the road Beklemeto - Dermenka are started

The Central Balkan National Park Directorate has concluded a contract for the implementation of Activity 6 "Conservation of Treeless Natural Habitats by Repair and Restoration of the Road Beklemeto - Dermenka Hut".

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01/08/2019 Uzunbodzhak Biosphere Reserve

The Uzunbudzak Biosphere Reserve covers a considerable part of the Strandja Mountain (over 78,400 ha). It is one of the most interesting and rich biodiversity regions in Bulgaria and Europe. Its territory is a natural transition between the vegetation, flora and fauna of Europe and Asia because of the terrestrial connection that existed until about 7,500 years ago at the site of the present-day Bosphorus Strait. The flora of the biosphere reserve is characterized by a large number of species that were widespread during the Tertiary (Tertiary relics). The wildlife is also remarkable for its great diversity of species. The populations of many of them are of global, European and national importance.

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30/07/2019 UNESCO Summer University Closing Session Discusses Prospects for Central Balkan Biosphere Park

The closing session of the Summer University under the UNESCO program "Man and the Biosphere" was held at the Information and Cultural Center of Troyan on the 26th of July. The event was opened with a greeting from the deputy Mayor of Troyan municipality - Bistra Cholakova.

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23/07/2019 UNESCO Summer Unversity was opened in Karlovo

The fifth edition of the International initiative was opened on July 22nd in the hall of the Municipality of Karlovo with welcome notes by the deputy mayor of the Municipality of Karlovo Stoyko Karagenski, the Director of the National Nature Protection Service of the MOEW Miroslav Kalugerov, the Permanent Representation of UNESCO in Bulgaria Hristo Georgiev, Director of Central Balkan National Park Gencho Iliev, the Executive director of the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation Rumyana Ivanova and proff. Michael Scoullos from the Greek National Committee of Man and the Biosphere Program of UNESCO. All of them greeted the young professionals from around the world who will be studying for a week on topics related to the successful development of biosphere reserves.

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          The present-day mountain relief in Central Balkan National Park is the product of mighty geological processes, refined over millennia by water and wind. Rounded ridges and high peaks alternate with deep canyons, vertical rock faces and caves. The Balkan Range is the central structural mountain strip in the Balkan Peninsula. It is made up of several basic types of rock, most commonly southern Bulgarian granites, sandstone, crystalline schists, etc. At altitudes over 1,800 meters above sea level there is some evidence of glacier activity in the geological past.


            Mountain cliffs and rocky landscapes occupy about 2,000 hectares (3% of the entire Park territory). Among the more original natural formations are Skalniya Most (the Rock Bridge), Markovata Dupka (Mark’s Hile) and the spindly vertical Kalchovi Kamani stone pillars. In the Park is located the unique Djendemite (literally: the Hells) rock complex combining centuries-old forests, vertical rock faces, and a mighty strip of exposed rock, that is one of a kind in Bulgaria. Another unique formation is the system of gorges and canyons that comprises the narrow valley of the river Stara Reka, the canyon of the Cherni Osam river, the valleys of the rivers Sokolna and Byala.


            Though karst bedrock accounts for a relatively small part of the protected area, it is the scene of many deep caves and precipices. Remarkable for its bottomless caves is Steneto Reserve, where Raichova Dupka, the deepest precipice cave in Bulgarian (377 m. in depth, 3,333 m. combined length of all galleries) is located; also here is Kumanitsa, the longest flooded cave in Central Balkan (1,656 m. explored length, average outflow of the underground river 600 liters per second).


            The caves and canyons, the rock faces and cliffs are inhabited by six species of bats endangered on a world scale, by a number of petrophilic birds, and by various rare and beautiful plants.


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