WWF and Societe Generale Expressbank join forces to help Bulgarian nature



Posted on 26 July 2012  | 
Beech forest habitat - Strandzha Mountains, Bulgaria
© Zhivko BogdanovEnlarge
Over 130, 000 sq.m. of Bulgaria’s nature parks will benefit from the biggest project to date for restoration of rare and endangered tree and plant species in the country. The partnership between the two organizations, which was announced today, will benefit the nature parks of Vitosha, Zlatni Pyassatsi, Rusenski Lom, Shumensko Plato, Balgarka, Persina, Vrachanski Balkan, Rilski Manastir, Sinite Kamani and Strandja.

“Among the various activities we will carry out untill the end of 2013 are the planting on more than 20,000 sq. m. of White and Black Willow, Mountain Dwarf Pine, European Ash, White Poplar, Oak, European Beech, Mountain Elm and others”, said Konstantin Ivanov, Head of Communications and Marketing at WWF Bulgaria. “We will also restore native Strandja plants and shrubs such as Caucasian Whortleberry, Black Sea Holly and Common Yew on 3,000 sq.m."

“In Shumensko Plato we will protect karst water sprigs that are of great importance both for the forest and for the spectacular rock formations in the area.”

“In Strandja, on an area of 100,000 sq.m. we will grow young forests for quality timber, following the innovative “Saarland” method. Used by German foresters for decades, it combines protection of the forest habitat with the most nature-friendly techniques to produce timber”, Ivanov said.

Societe Generale Group has strong traditions in supporting environmental protection work. This is the biggest project in support of Bulgarian nature to date.

“The beautiful nature of Bulgaria and the strong need to fund specialized conservation work in each of the parks, as well as the international experience and respected name of our partners from WWF, were the reasons we chose this project”, said Dejan Glescic, Head of Marketing and Communication at Societe Generale Expressbank.

Bulgaria’s nature parks along with all other protected areas, cover only around 5% of the country’s territory. Forest areas in nature parks shelter rare species such as Lynx, Bears, Wolves, Rock eagles, Black woodpeckers, Terrestrial tortoises and many others.

Under the project, WWF will work closely with the administrations of the 10 nature parks, part of Bulgaria’s Executive Forest Agency.

About Societe Generale Expressbank

Societe Generale Expressbank Group is one of the top ten leading financial institutions in Bulgaria. It is composed by the bank Societe Generale Expressbank and its subsidiary companies – Sogelease
Bulgaria, Societe Generale Factoring and its associate life insurance company Sogelife Bulgaria. Together with its 1,500 employees, Societe Generale Expressbank aims to offer customers comprehensive, flexible, high quality, innovative products and services at advantageous prices. The bank has received various prestigious awards amongst which "Best Bank in Bulgaria" for 2012 by the international financial magazine Euromoney.
Beech forest habitat - Strandzha Mountains, Bulgaria
© Zhivko Bogdanov Enlarge

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