14/05/2021 A Draft Annual Plan for the Use of Medicinal Plants in the Central Balkan National Park has been prepared

The full text of the Draft Annual Plan for the Use of Medicinal Plants for 2021 in Bulgarian can be found here. All interested persons and organizations may submit written proposals and objections to the draft Plan by 14.06.2021, incl.

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12/05/2021 Attention! Procedure for random allocation of vacant pastures

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

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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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            The Central Balkan National Park has an exceptional wealth and diversity of plants. More then half of the plant species and subspecies in Bulgaria (Bulgarian flora include around 4000 species) have been identified within its boundaries. Of these, 10 species and 2 subspecies can only be found in the Central Balkan National Park. A total of 697 species of the plants have been identified in nine representative sampling grounds around the Park. In the high-mountain treeless zone alone, there are 676 higher plant species, including cereal grasses,   lady’s mantles  , campanulas, communities of Bruckenthalia spiculifolia, bear berry, bilberries.

        There are 9 locally endemic, 10 nationally endemic, and 67 regionally endemic (Balkan Peninsula) species within the Park. Thirty species are protected under Bulgarian law (edelweiss, snowdrop, yellow moutain lily, Stara planina primrose), 81 are listed in the Red Book of Bulgaria, 9 on the European Red List, and 10 are globally endangered (according to the World Conservation Union (IUCN)). Examples include the Transylvanian campanula, starry lady’s mantle, Kerner’s Thistle, and Stefchov’s stonecrop.

            The Central Balkan National Park contains 49 types of habitats—24 are of high conservation significance according to the CORINE classification. The Park is instrumental in protecting endangered, rare, and protected plant species.

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