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12.04.2024

Green Balkans Presented Its Cause at the International Exhibition 'Nature, Hunting, Fishing'

From April 3rd to 7th, the Green Balkans team participated in the traditional exhibition 'Nature, Hunting, Fishing' at the International Fair in Plovdiv.

The international exhibition 'Nature, Hunting, Fishing' is oriented towards the leisure industry and serves as a forum for sharing new ideas and perspectives, inspiring significant changes in environmental conservation models, and promoting alternative green economies. The 28th exhibition 'Nature, Hunting, Fishing' was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, in partnership with the Executive Forest Agency, State Forestry Enterprises, the National Hunting and Fishing Association 'Union of Hunters and Fishermen in Bulgaria', the University of Forestry - Sofia, and the Executive Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture. The National Hunting and Fishing Association „Union of Hunters and Fishermen in Bulgaria“, commemorated the 140th anniversary of the Organized Hunting Movement in Bulgaria. The exhibition featured over 70 companies presenting hunting and fishing equipment, tourist gear and consumables, and equipment for outdoor activities.

Green Balkans was the only non-governmental organization represented at the exhibition. In five days, we presented our cause to hundreds of citizens, many of whom received educational or informational materials about various rare species, among them many teachers and professors from universities, schools, and kindergartens. Hunters, fishermen, and citizens learned about the threats to rare species, which can be overcome with civic support, including concerns such as the use of toxins, poaching, and more. The main focus of the exhibition was the presentation of our long-standing program for the reintroduction of vultures in Bulgaria and our new project - 'Life for the Bearded Vulture,' which brings together the efforts of 8 partners from 3 European countries  - „Green Balkans – Stara Zagora“ Association and partners – Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna, Foundation EcoObstnost, EVN – Elektrorazpredelenie  Yug  Ltd,  Northwest State Enterprise – Vratsa, „Sinite kamani“ Nature Park Directorate from Bulgaria, Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) from Netherlands and  Milvus group from Romania. The project aims to reintroduce the symbol of Bulgarian nature conservation - the Bearded Vulture and to strengthen the restored population of the Cinereous Vulture, which was restored in the country under our previous project.

During two days of the exhibition, part of the team from the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Center was present at our stand. They presented our activities for rescuing endangered wildlife species, thanks to our 'assistants' -  Jerry the Raven,  Luli the Тawny Оwl,  Harry the Buzzard - our resident patients who cannot be returned to the wild but are trained for educational activities and are provided with a special permit for this purpose by the Ministry of Environment and Water. We were also assisted by interns at the Wildlife Rescue Center, as part of our joint activities with the Trakia University, Stara Zagora. Together with veterinary colleagues, they presented our work, which led to the return of another species lost from the country - the Saker  Falcon, and the project 'Ensuring the recovery of the endangered Saker Falkon in Bulgaria and South Romania' (LIFE20 NAT/BG/001162).

Educational and informational materials were distributed, including materials from the completed in 2023 project 'Natura 2000 in Bulgaria - New Horizons', whose informational impact continues even after the end of the project, through dissemination of materials among schools, kindergartens, and various stakeholders, such as hunters and fishermen - a community of great importance for the conservation of rare species.


For additional information:
Elena Stoeva - Publicity Associate in the project - 'Life for the Bearded Vulture'
Mobile: 0887574699, Email: etilova@greenbalkans.org