WWF’s Vesselina Kavrakova is among the most influential women in Bulgaria
“Vesselina is a woman who has turned her cause into a profession”, the newspaper writes. “She is the first and long-serving WWF Country Manager in Bulgaria and has managed to turn the panda into an independent organization with more than 20 staff, who are working on big projects with tangible results.”
According to the newspaper, Vesselina can influence not only her staff, but all people she is in contact with.
“She is influential because she doesn’t lose her focus, has forged an impeccable reputation for WWF in Bulgaria, works on the organization’s long-term goals, demands the best, and doesn’t waste time and energy on things that would not benefit society as a whole.”
According to the survey, examples that demonstrate Vesselina’s achievements as head of WWF in Bulgaria are the active support for legislative changes in the field of protected areas to harmonize Bulgarian legislation with that of the EU; successful forest certification – a pioneering project for WWF in Bulgaria that has resulted in 15% certified forests so far; river and wetlands restoration which ensure the de facto protection of local biodiversity and safeguard against floods, with WWF doing the first riverbed restoration in Bulgaria; designation of high nature value farmlands to set rates of payments for Natura 2000 farmers in Bulgaria.
Vesselina Kavrakova is ranked 52nd among the most influential women in Bulgaria. EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva who is a Bulgarian national is ranked as the most influential woman in Bulgaria, while Meglena Kuneva, EU Commissioner of the Year for 2008, and Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO are ranked among the top 5. Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandukova and Tsetska Tsacheva, Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Bulgaria are ranked 97th and 98th respectively.