Central Balkan National Park
The Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a schedule for conducting a procedure for random distribution of vacant pasture areas on the territory of the National Park.Read more >>
Following the initiative of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate to organize free visits with guides to beech forests, part of a serial site of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, four more visits are planned in 2022 – two of them at the beginning of the summer and two at the end. They will be of varying difficulty – low, medium and high. The aim is to enable a wider range of people to reach pieces of Bulgarian nature that have received international recognition.Read more >>
The national student competition "Ambassadors of Health" is held in support of the lifestyle of young people. It is the prevention of unhealthy diet, low physical activity, alcohol abuse and smoking. The initiative is organized by the Ministry of Health.Read more >>
Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater. As climate change gets worse, groundwater will become more and more critical. We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource. Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind.Read more >>
The educational program "The Park as a Classroom" of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate has been renewed after a two-year break due to the pandemic situation in the country. It relies on the long-term cooperation between the park directorate and the pedagogical college from the park region. The aim is to contribute to the diversification of environmental education in the classroom and extracurricular activities of schools.Read more >>
Draft of an Annual plan for livestock grazing and using of hay in the Central Balkan NP 2022 was announced.Read more >>
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".Read more >>
The Directorate, a regional body of the Ministry of Environment and Water, is in charge of the park in order to preserve and maintain biodiversity and protect wildlife, to provide opportunities for scientific and educational activities for development of tourism and environmentally-friendly livelihood practices.
Within the boundaries of the national park, there are nine strict reserves – Boatin, Tsarichina, Kozya stena, Steneto, Stara reka, Dzhendema, Severen Dzhendem, Peeshti skali and Sokolna. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) categorization, the park is protected area form the second category, and the reserves in it are from the first.
Central Balkan National Park Directorate carries out management and security activities for two reserves, located close to the boundaries of the Park - Elenova gora Reserve in the territory of Sahrane village and Chamdzha Reserve in the territory of Hristo Danovo village.
Central Balkan is an essential part of the National Ecological Network. Because of its exceptionally well-preserved habitats and biodiversity since 2008 Central Balkan is a protected zone under the two main conservation Directives in the European Union law - on the conservation of wild birds and on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, and is included in a coherent European ecological network of special protection areas under NATURA 2000. The National Park was declared an Important Bird Area of global significance - an assessment of its role for breeding, migrating and wintering birds in it.
In 2006 the park was certified as a member of the Federation of European Wildlife and National Parks (EUROPARC). In 2009, the National Park was awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas - the first and only in Bulgaria holder of the prestigious international award, given by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on protected areas with a special European importance for conservation of biological, geological and landscape diversity, a prize which evaluates the quality of natural heritage and the effectiveness of the protection and management system.
In 2017 the Park and the area of five municipalities around it – Troyan, Sevlievo, Pavel Banya, Karlovo, and Anton were declared as Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme. This new reserve encompasses four existing biosphere reserves Steneto, Tsarichina, Dzhendema and Boatin, all designated in 1977.
Since 2017, the most representative beech forests within all nine park reserves have been included in the serial site The Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage.