World Wetlands Day 2008 -- Bulgaria


Green Balkans and the World Wetlands Day

Bulgaria, 2008

This year Green Balkans will once again celebrated the World Wetlands Day with a series of events organized all over the country:

  • A visit of Shabla and Durankulak Lakes

On January 26-27.01 Green Balkans' expert team visited the Shabla and Durankulak Lakes for reporting the waterfowl numbers and preventing poaching and violations. Both lakes are Ramsar sites. 50 000 geese were observed in the area of the two lakes, 5000 of them were globally threatened Red-breasted Geese. Unfortunately high presence of hunters was reported in the area, and a week ago, during the Mid-winter Waterfowl Census shot geese were found and transported to the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Green Balkans. This time the geese were flying too high for the hunters to shoot, but the concern for their safety remains.

  • "Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People" presentations in two Bulgarian cities

A presentation on "Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People" and the work of Green Balkans for the conservation of wetlands (available in Bulgarian) was shown at the regular meeting of the volunteers of the organization in Stara Zagora on 29 January and in Plovdiv on 31 January. More than 50 young people gathered and saw the presentation.

  • A ceremony to celebrate 02 February - World Wetlands Day organized in Pomorie

On February 01st Green Balkans organized a special award ceremony for the winners of a competition of children drawing/photography/presentation/story contest on "Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People - Pomorie Lake" in Pomorie. The contest was set up to celebrate the World Wetlands Day - 02 February, which is celebrated since the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat back in 1971. Moreover, the Pomorie Lake is one of the ten Bulgarian wetlands included in the lists of the Convention. The competition was a part of the education activities for raising the ecological knowledge of the kids in the area, within the "Pomorie Lake - Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Development" project, carried out by Green Balkans, the Municipality of Pomorie and the Ministry of Environment and Waters and financed by GEF through the World Bank.

Over 100 children of all ages from two schools of Pomorie embraced the idea and sent tens of drawings, presentations, stories.

Kids from the Pomorie Municipal Children Complex and "Prosveta" Community Centre also took part in the official awarding ceremony.

The awarded works will soon be up-loaded on the web-page of Green Balkans and an exhibition of the drawings will be organized in Plovdiv and Pomorie.

We are grateful to all who took part, congratulations of all winners, as for the rest - new surprises and competitions are on their way!

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