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[18-05-2021] We celebrated the NATURA 2000 Day in Sliven as part of the Green Balkans tour
On Monday, 17 May we celebrated the Natura 2000 Day in Sliven in partnership with the Directorate of the “Sinite kamani” Nature Park and Sliven Municipality.

The event took place in the Pech building garden where the Natura 2000, bat and Red-breasted Goose banners exhibitions were presented.

Many Sliven citizens examined the Green Balkans exhibition stand. They not only had questions about the protected species and the ecological network, but they passionately shared their memories from the past when in the Balkans in the skies of Sliven huge eagles flew along with the vultures. The conversations with visitors about their pride in the vultures in the area of Sliven, warmed our hearts.

Many classes of students stopped at the stand and learned interesting facts about bats, cetaceans and the Red-breasted Goose.

All visitors received information materials about the protected species.

We would like to thank  the Directorate of “Sinite kamani” Nature Park and Sliven Municipality for the support.

Check out our photo album from the event here:
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Natura 2000
Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network for nature conservation. More than 30% of the territory of Bulgaria falls within the scope of the network - 120 areas for the protection of wild birds and 234 areas for the protection of natural habitats.

Red-breasted Goose
The Red-breasted Goose is a globally endangered species, protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network. Bulgaria is an important country for the protection of the species - almost the entire world population spends the winter in the region of Primorska Dobrudzha.

Bats
33 from the 35 species of bats in Europe can be found in Bulgaria. They are of key importance for ecosystems. All bat species are protected by the Biodiversity Act, and the forest and underground habitats of the species are protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network.

Vultures
There are four species of vultures in Europe - Griffon, Black, Egyptian and Bearded Vulture. All of them are strictly protected by Bulgarian and European legislation. As rare and valuable species, they fall under the protection of the European ecological network Natura 2000. Bulgaria is home to only three of them – the Griffon, Black and Egyptian Vulture. The Bearded Vulture - a symbol of Bulgarian nature protection is considered extinct from the country.

Cetaceans
There are 3 species of cetaceans in the Black Sea - Bottlenose Dolphin, Short-beaked Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise, endemic to our sea. Persecuted in the past, not much is known today about the state of the populations of the three species. The Bottlenose Dolphin and the Harbour Porpoise are subject to protection by the Natura 2000 ecological network and special marine protected areas are declared for their protection.


Contacts:
Aneliya Pavlova – Coordinator, tel. +359899269576, e-mail: apavlova@greenbalkans.org
Polina Hristova – Comminical officer, tel. +359882508721, e-mail: phristova@greenbalkans.org

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