Author: Svilena Velcheva

The Public Environmental Center for Sustainable Development will mark World Environment Day on June 5. The campaign “Return the bottle – take your book” starts at 9 am in the office of the association at 14 Sava Radulov Street in Varna. Each visitor will receive the latest issue of the List newspaper, as well as educational brochures – with tips on “green cleaning” and the case against shale gas. Those who bring a glass bottle of perfume or cosmetics will have the opportunity to choose a second-hand book for a donation of BGN 1 for the List Fund.

The theme of World Environment Day 2020 is biodiversity – the fight against the accelerating loss of species and the destruction of nature. The United Nations Environment Program begins the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a global initiative to restore the link between humans and nature.

In unison with the topic, from 1 pm we will join the online debate “Will we be able to protect the wild peonies near Bozhurishte?” with the participation of Eng. Toma Belev and Dr. Desislava Aleksova from the Association of Parks in Bulgaria, Desislava Gyurova, Chief Expert on Flora in the Directorate of Vitosha Nature Park, Petko Tsvetkov from the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation and Bianka Marinova from the town of Peony. The endangered species of narrow-leaved peony, listed in the Red Book of Bulgaria, is also distributed along the Black Sea coast, in Northeastern Bulgaria, the Danube plain (the valley of the Studena River). The species is included as protected in the Biodiversity Act, as well as in the European Convention for the Conservation of Wild Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats.

The protected area “Narrow-leaved peony” near Bozhurishte, with an area of ​​13.5 ha, was declared only three years ago. Unfortunately, most of the deposit falls into private property, mostly fields, outside the declared protected area, and is still in danger of being destroyed.

Even if we do not directly destroy protected species, with our daily activities and habits we endanger a number of natural habitats of living organisms. How does this happen? What is global warming? And how can we change it with local actions? We will look for the answers to these seemingly complex questions together with the marketer Apostol Penkov. His presentation on the topic will begin at 3 pm at the Center for Support of Civic Initiatives, which is located in our office at 14 Sava Radulov Street. Apostol has lived abroad for more than 12 years. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the Netherlands and then a master’s degree in the United Kingdom. Since 2017 he has been working for a microprocessor company in Bulgaria.

Due to the limited number of places and the imposed sanitary measures, the visit to the presentation will take place after pre-booking by e-mail: or by phone 052/306423.

The message for this year’s World Environment Day is that nature is “sending us a signal” and showing us that we are on the verge of collapse. So it’s time to wake up and take note, to rethink our relationship with nature. This June 5 is “Time for Nature”.

Translator: Valentina Vagge




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