Bulgaria’s Pirin National Park saved from destruction; Emerging Europe

In a time of pandemic, death and bad news, finally we have something about which we can rejoice: Bulgaria’s Pirin National Park has been saved. A new management plan, which would have allowed construction in two thirds of the park, and logging in almost half, was this week definitively ruled illegal by the country’s highest administrative court, citing the plan’s omission of environmental and Natura 2000 impact assessments, ending more than three years of legal battles.

Source: Bulgaria’s Pirin National Park saved from destruction – Emerging Europe | Intelligence, Community, News

Suspension of the execution of Pirin National Park’s new management plan; Tatiana Rokou; Travel Daily News

The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court suspended the execution of Pirin National Park’s new management plan, which would have allowed construction in 66% and logging in 48% of the national park and World Heritage Site. WWF-Bulgaria has been fighting to prohibit new logging and construction in Pirin National Park since November 2016, activities that would endanger many species that depend on the area’s old-growth forests. After nothing else proved effective, in March 2017 WWF-Bulgaria and the Association of Parks in Bulgaria (APB)

Source: Suspension of the execution of Pirin National Park’s new management plan

In a Time of Crisis, Victory for Nature and the Rule of Law in Bulgaria; WWF

Final court win in favour of Pirin National Park/UNESCO World Heritage Site…

Source: In a Time of Crisis, Victory for Nature and the Rule of Law in Bulgari

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

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 lifts on up to 48 per cent of the park’s 40,000 hectares (almost 100,000 acres).

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 by the government in December 2017 to the management plan for Pirin National Park.

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

Skiing in Bansko • 13 Things You Need to Know; Natasha; The World Pursuit

Bulgaria – Pirin National Park

Skiing in Bansko, Bulgaria may be a fun way to spend a ski holiday. Or you may be waiting in lines the whole time. Here’s the low down on all you need to know.

Source: Skiing in Bansko • 13 Things You Need to Know

On and off the slopes in Bansko, Bulgaria; Lucy; On the Luce

Bulgaria – Pirin National Park

The best things to do in Bansko ski resort in Bulgaria – both on and off the slopes, with a modern ski resort on one side and a historic town on the other.

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