Pirin National Park in Bulgaria could be added to UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. It shelters possibly the oldest tree in the Balkan peninsula and is home to brown bear, wolf, chamois, and 159 bird species. WWF has been urging for immediate action against multiple threats to the mountain and launched an international campaign to save the park. The main danger for Pirin National Park is a new draft management plan that allows construction on 12.5-times bigger territory compared to the current status and could lead to commercial logging affecting nearly 60 per cent of the park’s area. Currently, this is allowed on 0 per cent of the park territory.
WWF-Bulgaria‘s Katerina Rakovska, Protected Areas and Natura 2000 Expert, and Alexander Dountchev, Forest Expert, explain the current situation and possible solutions.