Central Balkan National Park

30/07/2021 Allowed quota for Kalofer town - Panitsite locality - Botev Peak 07.08.2021 is reached

According to the Central Balkan National Park Management plan, Road Kalofer town - Panitsite locality - Botev Peak is with restricted access of until 10 motor vehicles per day and it is allowed only in the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and thought the Bulgarian official rest days from the 1st of June to the 15th of September.

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29/07/2021 Prevented fire on the territory of Central Balkan National Park

On the afternoon of July 28, a signal was given for smoke in the area of the road from the Beklemeto resort complex to the Chuchul chalet. The signal was given by Stoyan Zagorchev – a livestock owner from the village of Hristo Danovo (Karlovo municipality) and a user of pasture area on the territory of the Central Balkan National Park.

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27/07/2021 Be a ranger for a day 2

For the second year the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, in partnership with the Natural History Museum and the Vasil Levski School of Mountain Guides in the village of Cherni Osam, is organizing a children's holiday dedicated to World Ranger Day – July 31.

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22/07/2021 Allowed quota for Kalofer town - Panitsite locality - Botev Peak 25.07.2021 is reached

According to the Central Balkan National Park Management plan, Road Kalofer town - Panitsite locality - Botev Peak is with restricted access of until 10 motor vehicles per day and it is allowed only in the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and thought the Bulgarian official rest days from the 1st of June to the 15th of September.

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21/07/2021 An annual plan for the use of medicinal plants in Central Balkan National Park, 2021 has been approved

An annual plan for the use of medicinal plants in Central Balkan National Park, 2020 has been approved

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09/07/2021 Guided tours in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park

The Central Balkan National Park Directorate organizes free guided tours in the beech forests, part of a serial site on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Three visits are planned in 2021 and three in 2022. They will be of varying difficulty - low, medium and high. The aim is to enable a wider range of people to touch corners of Bulgarian nature that have received international recognition.

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09/07/2021 INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A COMPETITION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A GRAPHIC SIGN (LOGO) OF THE CENTRAL BALKANS BIOSPHERE PARK

In the implementation of some of the activities under the project "Creating a comprehensive brand of Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve ", funded by the UNESCO Participation Program, Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a competition for a graphic sign (logo) of the Biosphere Reserve.

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09/07/2021 The implementation of a project for Creating a comprehensive brand of the Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve begins

The project will develop a recognizable brand of the expanded and renamed in 2017 Biosphere Reserve. The brand will contribute to the identification of local products and services, as well as to distinguish them from their counterparts on the market.

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08/07/2021 An annual plan for the use of mushrooms and wild fruits other than medicinal plants in Central Balkan National Park, 2021 has been approved

The plan outlines the procedures for determining the quantities of mushrooms and wild fruits other than medicinal plants allowed for collection. The quantities are provided in order to ensure environmentally-friendly livelihoods of the population through successful practices to ensure timely implementation of the seasonal campaign for the use of these resources, creating conditions for the development of environmentally friendly livelihoods of the local population.

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06/07/2021 Central Balkan National Park Directorate organized a public discussion.

Based on Art. 60 of the Protected Areas Act, the Central Balkan National Park Directorate organized a public discussion of the implementation of the Мanagement plan of the Central Balkan National Park. The event will take place on July 28, 2021 from 11.00 am in the Art Gallery "Hristo Tsokev" in Gabrovo, in compliance with the current temporary anti-epidemic measures.

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23/06/2021 Road Beklemeto locality - Dermenka hut in Central Balkan National Park temporarily closed

By order of the Director of the Central Balkan National Park from June 23 to December 31, 2021, the movement, stay and parking of vehicles on the road Beklemeto locality - Dermenka hut due to repairs. This is a road with free access, according to the Management Plan of tCentral Balkan National Park 2016 - 2025.

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12/04/2021 The Central Balkan National Park Directorate will mark the borders of the managed protected territories

The marking represents two horizontal stripes - white and red. It is placed to be visible when entering the protected area.

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21/07/2020 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".

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Central Balkan is one of three national parks in Bulgaria. Established in 1991, today it is the third-largest protected area in the country - 720 square kilometers, extending at the highest part of the Stara Planina Mountains.
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.
 
 
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