Bulgarian government silently moves to open almost half of Pirin National Park to construction despite public concerns; WebWire

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Bulgaria – Pirin National Park

In a surreptitious move, the government of Bulgaria approved on Thursday alarming new changes to the Pirin National Park management plan that could allow construction in up to 48 per cent of the park, a World Heritage site home to bears, chamois, wolves and centuries-old pine forests. The decision, announced a few days before Bulgaria takes over the Presidency of the European Council, comes a day after the closing of a public consultation on the proposed changes, launched on 22 November 2017, and offers no indication of its results.

The current management plan of Pirin National Park expired in 2014 but remains in place while the new draft plan awaits a court ruling on its roll-out. WWF and coalition filed a lawsuit with Supreme Administrative Court following the environment and water ministry’s decision that the new draft management plan did not require a Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment.

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