A new WWF film reveals the services nature provides to north-western Bulgaria | WWF

A new WWF film reveals the services nature provides to north-western Bulgaria

Posted on 05 May 2017    
Eight inspirational business success stories from north-western Bulgaria
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Sofia – The new WWF documentary movie "The Secret Services of Nature" highlights the importance of preserving wild nature to benefit sustainable local development in Bulgaria. The film reveals eight inspirational stories of successful business initiatives, including the production of authentic and clean products in the Western Balkan Mountains, alternative tourism in the Vrachanski Balkan, wildlife photography tours, and small businesses in Natura 2000 areas, based on the sustainable use of the gifts of nature. Local development and nature conservation can coexist leading to improvements of life in rural areas in Eastern Europe, say the film producers.

Bulgaria has great wildlife diversity, with more than a hundred species of mammals. It is also home to brown bears, wolves and lynx. About 79% of the protected bird species in Europe can be found in Bulgaria. The top threats to wild nature are directly linked to human activities, including poaching, habitat loss, degradation, construction and overexploitation of wildlife. Despite negative human impact in the past few decades Bulgarian biodiversity remains one of the richest in Europe.

"The success stories in the film have happened because of the preserved services that our nature provides us. Businesses benefit from safeguarding and caring for the resources and especially to those with a direct connection to the land use such as agriculture and construction in wild areas", said WWF-Bulgaria’s Raina Popova.



What else can you do to preserve wild nature?

Currently, the Danube-Carpathian Region holds many of Europe’s most spectacular remaining wilderness areas and some of the largest remaining area of virgin and natural forests. The Danube River in Romania and Bulgaria hosts the only still viable populations of wild sturgeons in the European Union, but their populations are in steep decline.

There are two initiatives you can support now to conserve the wild nature in Eastern Europe:

Send a letter to Bulgarian Prime Minister to ask him to save Pirin National Park from industrial scale logging and construction:

Pirin National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage and EU Natura 2000 site, home to brown bear, wolf and many threatened species, some of them endemic or unique for Europe. A proposed new management plan for Pirin National Park will allow an over 12-fold increase in infrastructure construction in the park. The plan, which is soon expected to be approved by the Bulgarian government, would open nearly 60 per cent of the territory of the park to logging – compared to no logging permitted in the part at present.
 
Sign the petition to stop the destruction of Jiului Gorge National Park in Romania (in Romanian):

Defileul Jiului is a protected Natura2000 area in Romania which faces many threats due to old construction permits not agreed with the latest environmental requirements and EU laws. Construction plans for a new hydropower plant will destroy 33 kilometers of river course and will harm the national park ecosystem.
Eight inspirational business success stories from north-western Bulgaria
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