Natural World Heritage Pirin in danger

The UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site Pirin National Park of the IUCN Category II includes two IUCN Category I Nature Reserves with old-growth forests of an age of 600 years and is located in the Southwest of Bulgaria. Since several years the protected area with its old-growth forests is in danger because of planned ski resorts with new ski slopes and buildings through areas of the UNESCO World Heritage and even IUCN Category I areas. Also some of the oldest forests in Europe are in danger of logging if a controversial new management plan is approved. There are initiatives and demonstrations against the ski resort and for the Pirin in several cities in Bulgaria since several years.

Here are links about the Natural World Heritage Site Pirin National Park:


Bansko ski area in Pirin National Park: http://en.forthenature.org/cases/35

Bansko municipality plans to construct 8 new neighbourhoods, allowing for an additional 40,000 beds: http://en.forthenature.org/news/36

UNESCO enjoined Bulgaria to present for review the new Management Plan for Pirin National Park: http://en.forthenature.org/news/3662

Save Pirin National Park: WWF urges for immediate international action: http://en.forthenat

Protests in Bulgaria for protection of NP Pirin continue: http://en.forthenature.org/news/3918

The push to construct in Pirin may continue in the future: http://en.forthenature.org/news/4076

Pictures: http://forthenature.org/gallery/320