From ancient ruins to buzzing bars — there is plenty to do in Sunny Beach; Neil Custis; Sun

IT’S tempting to never leave the Nessebar Palace Resort, such is the draw of the pools, the views and the delicious food and drink. But stroll out from the resort and the simple act of turning left…

Source: From ancient ruins to buzzing bars — there is plenty to do in Sunny Beach

15 Cities In Bulgaria You Should Check Out; SJ Begonja; Chasing the Donkey

Here are 15 of the best cities in Bulgaria that you should check out. SJ Begonja has covered a good range from the well known, to a little of the beaten track.

Source: 15 Cities In Bulgaria You Should Check Out | Chasing the Donkey

Why visit Bulgaria – Things to do in Bulgaria and plan your Bulgaria travel; Lakhsmi Sharath

Why visit Bulgaria – Things to do in Bulgaria and reasons to plan your Bulgaria travel…

Source: Why visit Bulgaria – Things to do in Bulgaria and plan your Bulgaria travel

The sea of 60 ghostly wrecked ships; Matthew Ponsford; BBC

Deep beneath the Black Sea, off the coast of Bulgaria, ancient Greek ships are revealing answers to the mystery of the Noah’s Ark flood.

Source: The sea of 60 ghostly wrecked ships

Jodrell Bank Observatory: 13 stunning Unesco heritage sites around the world; BBC

Jodrell Bank Observatory has been chosen as the UK’s latest Unesco World Heritage site. Check out this list of just some of the beautiful Unesco sites around the world. There are over 1,000 in total!

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Another (Temporary?) Victory for Pirin National Park and World Heritag; WWF

The Court confirmed that in disregarding a SEA, the Ministry violated 3 Bulgarian laws and 2 EU Directives.

Source: Another (Temporary?) Victory for Pirin National Park and World Heritag

10 Best Things to Do in Sofia, Bulgaria; Jorge & Claudia Bastos; Go Backpacking

Traveling to Eastern Europe? Check out our list of the 10 best things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria so you can make the most of your time in the capital.

Source: 10 Best Things to Do in Sofia, Bulgaria – Go Backpacking

Bulgaria’s Pirin National Park saved from destruction, for now; Craig Turp; Emerging Europe

Plans to extend Bulgaria’s largest ski resort, Bansko, appear to have been dealt a fatal blow by the country’s highest court. On January 15, Bulgaria’s supreme administrative court overturned controversial changes made by the government in December 2017 to the management plan for Pirin National Park. The changes would have allowed construction of new ski runs and […]

Source: Bulgaria’s Pirin National Park saved from destruction, for now – Emerging Europe

Final court decision stops attempt to open up Pirin World Heritage sit; WWF

Source: Final court decision stops attempt to open up Pirin World Heritage sit

Bulgaria activists win case to save UNESCO-listed forest; AFP

Environmentalists in Bulgaria scored a victory Wednesday in a long-running court battle to prevent enlargement of a ski resort in the Pirin mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a ruling that cannot be appealed, Bulgaria’s supreme administrative court overturned controversial changes made

Source: Bulgaria activists win case to save UNESCO-listed forest

Conservation wins in the Danube-Carpathian region in 2018; WWF

As the year draws to a close, we reflect on what we have accomplished…

Source: Conservation wins in the Danube-Carpathian region in 2018

Fourteenth-century church in Bulgaria’s Nessebur re-opened after US-funded restoration; Sofia Globe

US ambassador Eric Rubin, Nessebur mayor Nikolai Dimitrov, Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova and Deputy Culture Minister Amelia Gesheva officially re-opened on November 8 the 14th century medieval…

Source: Fourteenth-century church in Bulgaria’s Nessebur re-opened after US-funded restoration

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Tour; Get Your Guide

See 2 of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an exciting minibus tour from Sofia. Go to Rila Monastery and get breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Then, see stunning frescoes from the Bulgarian National Revival at Boyana Church.

Source: From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Tour

Plans to open up Pirin World Heritage site for construction are illegal, Court rules

WWF and other NGOs in the For the Nature coalition have won a second court case against the government of Bulgaria’s plans to open Pirin National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Bulgaria’s…..

Source: Plans to open up Pirin World Heritage site for construction are illega

Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari: Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List; EU Scoop

Source: Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari: Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List

Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari: Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List; EU Scoop

SOFIA, BULGARIA – The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari is one of the biggest discoveries in the last 30 years in Bulgaria. Attracting many tourists from all parts of Bulgaria, the tomb has already gained popularity at the international level thanks to its presence on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Source: Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari: Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

European Parliament and Commission Divided on National Parks in Bulgaria; Brussels Times

Two national parks in Bulgaria are threatened by construction plans according to a letter sent last week to the European Commission by representatives of all major political groups in the European Parliament. The MEPs call on the Commission to launch an infringement procedure against Bulgaria as a matter of urgency.

Source: European Parliament and Commission Divided on National Parks in Bulgaria – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

MEPs call on EC to launch infringement procedure to save Pirin and Kresna Gorge; WWF

A critical situation in two areas protected under EU law in Bulgaria.

Source: MEPs call on EC to launch infringement procedure to save Pirin and Kre

Important UNESCO decision to protect Pirin is set for adoption, but Bulgarian authorities may intervene to water it down; WWF

Pirin is home to iconic species such as brown bears, grey wolves and the lesser spotted eagle

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Bulgarian government must ensure plans for Pirin are environmentally assessed; WWF

Bulgaria – Pirin National Park

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has issued a draft decision on Pirin in which it requests the Bulgarian government to ensure that a full strategic environmental assessment for the new management plan of Pirin National Park is undertaken as a matter of priority. The government is asked also not implement the December 2017 amendments to the current management plan and refrain from introducing any new amendments. The decision is set to be approved at the World Heritage Committee at the end of June 2018 in Bahrain.

Responding to the draft decision, Katerina Rakovska, WWF-Bulgaria conservation expertsaid:
“We welcome the draft decision as it is in line with Bulgarian and European law and international commitments. It confirms what WWF and partner NGOs have been insisting on, together with our supporters who have been taking to the streets for five months now in more than 20 cities in Bulgaria and dozens more around the world. We are concerned, however, that the government may try to water down the draft decision before it is set for adoption at the World Heritage Committee in June 2018.”

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