The certificates of 4 new UNESCO biosphere reserves were handed in

17 Nov, 2017 | 14:20

A working session of the National Committee (NC) on the UNESCO "Man and Biosphere" Programme took place today at the MOEW. The decisions of the 29th Session of the Inter-Governmental Coordination Council (MAB - ICC) to the programme "Man and Biosphere" were presented at the meeting on June 12-15, 2017. The Council decided to announce four Bulgarian biosphere parks at the session, that fit in the contemporary requirements of the Program - "Central Balkan", "Red Wall", "Srebarna" and "Uzunbujak".

The Chairman of the National Committee handed in the certificates of the newly announced four biosphere parks to representatives of the municipalities Silistra, Asenovgrad, Karlovo, Troyan, Anton, Pavel Banya, Sevlievo and Malko Tarnovo.

A decision was taken from MAB ICC in June 2017 to exclude the biosphere reserves of "old" type - Kamchia, Kupena and Dupkata from the global network, because of the disagreement of the municipalities on whose territory they are located. It was presented in front of the National Committee. The decision for their exclusion was taken at national level by the National Committee in September 2016 on the basis of the negative opinions from the municipalities of Peshtera, Bratsigovo, Batak, Dolni Chiflik and Avren.

Site specific logo rules were adopted at the meeting, prepared by the Programme Secretariat and submitted for use by each of the four newly announced biosphere parks.

The results of the Bulgarian participation in events and initiatives under the Program - Summer School and Youth Forum have been reported, they are dedicated to biosphere parks, introduction of a project proposal for the designation of a biosphere park in the Mesta delta on the territory of Greece and others. An expert from the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water - Plovdiv presented results on a project for collaboration of the Red Wall Reserve with modern requirements, funded by the UNESCO Programme of Participation.