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Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) was established in 1997 as the successor of the established in 1994 Bulgarian – Swiss Biodiversity Conservation Programme (BSBCP).  BBF has been working to conserve biodiversity in Bulgaria and neighboring countries, supports the participation of citizens and local communities in managing natural resources and protected areas and raises public awareness on the issues of biodiversity and nature protection

BBF is member of

BBF is a member of IUCN, CEEweb, Bulgarian Donor’s Forum, the Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism and ForTheNature in Bulgaria Coaltition. During the years BBF has a wide range of different International partners in Norway, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia, Romania and etc. 

BBF is a coordinator for Bulgaria of International Initiative "Green belt" and of CEEWEB for Biodiversity.

Mission

BBF brings together people with different perceptions for the preservation of Bulgarian nature. Underlying everything we do is a belief that natural resources preservation is only possible through public awareness. We strive to increase recognition of the opportunities and benefits of protected areas and work for their long-term protection.

We work in the direction of

 
Integration of biodiversity in key economic sectors through the implementation of European and world practice

Enhancement of the protected areas network through public involvement

Revision of the scheme of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO "Man and Biosphere" Programme

Creation and support for the designation and management of transboundary protected areas
 
 

Main areas in operation

  • Protected areas and NATURA 2000
  • Endangered Species
  • Biosphere parks
  • Legislation
  • Green Belt
  • Educational and PR activities
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Public campaigns and coalitions

Main achievements

Функционираща и добре управлявана национална мрежа от защитени територии.

БФБ е пионер в България и една от малкото сертифицирани организации в Европа за прилагането на отворения стандарт за практическа природозащита (Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation - MIRADI).
 

History

Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) was established in 1997 as the successor of the established in 1994 Bulgarian – Swiss Biodiversity Conservation Programme (BSBCP). Since its creation for more than 15 years BBF has supported nature conservation in several key regions of Bulgaria – Pirin, Dobrudzha, Ropotamo, Central Balkan Burgas wetlands, Strandja, Eastern Rhodopes, Osogovo and Belasitsa. BBF has been working to conserve biodiversity in Bulgaria and neighboring countries, supports the participation of citizens and local communities in managing natural resources and protected areas and raises public awareness on the issues of biodiversity and nature protection

Under the program a number of direct conservation activities were implemented and 13 Management Plans for Protected Areas (PA) were prepared. Individually and in partnerships with others BBF developed 12 Action Plans for endangered species from the IUCN Red List, prepared the documentation for declaring /proclamation of three Nature Parks, 11 protected areas and three new Ramsar sites and assists the establishment of 6 information and nature conservation centers.
BBF developed documentation for declaring
3
Nature parks
11
Protected areas
3
new Ramsar sites

The Small Projects Fund supports activities of more than 50 environmental organizations. Institutional strengthening was provided for several national NGOs, the National Nature Protection Service and three Regional Inspectorates of Environment and Water.

BBF is a member of IUCN, CEEweb, Bulgarian Donor’s Forum, the Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism and ForTheNature in Bulgaria Coaltition. During the years BBF has a wide range of different International partners in Norway, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia, Romania and etc. BBF is a coordinator for Bulgaria of International Initiative "Green belt" and of CEEWEB for Biodiversity.