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28/06/2022

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27/06/2022

The first organized guided tour in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park 2022 was held

The first for 2022 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, 25th of June.

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06/06/2022

The participants in the guided tours in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park have been selected

The participants in the first two free guided tours in the beech forests, part of a serial site from the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, organized by the Central Balkan National Park Directorate, have been selected.

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06/06/2022

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03/06/2022

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22/05/2022

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29/04/2022

Attention! Procedure for random allocation of vacant pastures 2022

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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29/04/2022

Guided tours in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park 2

​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.

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21/04/2022

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20/04/2022

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31/03/2022

Annual grazing plan for CBNP is approved

​By Order of the Director of the Park Directorate today, March 31, 2022, the Annual Plan for Grazing and Use of Hay in the Central Balkan National Park for 2022 was approved.

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28/03/2022

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21/03/2022

The national student competition "Ambassadors of Health"

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.

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18/03/2022

WORLD WATER DAY 2022 GROUNDWATER - MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE

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.

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18/03/2022

Educational program "The Park as a Classroom"

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.

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16/02/2022

Draft of an Annual plan for livestock grazing and using of hay in the Central Balkan NP

Draft of an Annual plan for livestock grazing and using of hay in the Central Balkan NP 2022 was announced.

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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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      Steneto Reserve was designated on April 5, 1979. With an area of 3,578.8 hectares, it is the second largest Reserve in the Central Balkan National Park (next to Djendema). It is located near the Cherni Ossam River source, in the Troyan section of the Balkan Mountains. Part of the reserve lies on the southern slopes of the Central Balkan Ridge, comprising the localities of Ibche Dere, Kasiyat Chamlak, Djafar Dere, and Kobilin Dol. The Reserve was created specifically to preserve the pristine magnificence of the Steneto Gorge. It is also included in the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program.

 

      Steneto Reserve boasts the largest diversity of bird species in the Balkans and is home to some of the rarest winged creatures: the booted eagle, golden eagle, hobby, eagle owl, rock partridge, Ural owl, pygmy owl, Tengmaum’s owl, and most of the woodpecker species known in Bulgaria. The Kumanitsa and Suhata Reka River canyons provide a safe haven to mammalian species such as bear, red deer, roe, Balkan chamois, and otter.

 

     The forests primarily contain beech (average age: 250 years) and spruce. Other tree species within the Steneto Reserve include hornbeam, fir, sycamore, and Norway maple. The Reserve is home to over 1,000 species of plants, about one-third of the entire Bulgarian fauna. Among them are some rare and endangered species: yew, savin juniper, and laurelcherry.

 

    The karst terrain is dotted with numerous caves including Kumanitsa, one of the longest underwater caves in Bulgaria (1,656 meters), and Raichova Dupka (337 meters), the deepest precipice cave in the country. 
 

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