Ambassador profile


  Name: Anton Stanchev
  Function: Head of monitoring and the protection of resources section
  Country: Bulgaria
  E-mail: stanchev(at)centralbalkan(dot)bg
  Tel: +35 96680 1277

Organisation profile


  Organisation: Central Balkan National Park Directorate
  E-mail: office(at)centralbalkan(dot)bg
  Tel: +35 96680 1277
  Established: 1998
  Category: Regional body of the Ministry of Environment and Waters
  Number of staff: 75
Site profile
  Site name: Central Balkan National Park.  
  Location: Stara Planina Mountain  
  Land area: 71,669.5 ha  
  Nearest urban settlement: The Park lies on the territory of 9 municipalities and 31 areas owned by settlements:
  • Municipality Teteven – lands: villages Divchovoto, Cherni Vit, and Ribaritsa;
  • Municipality Troyan – lands: villages Chiflik, Beli Osam, Balkanets, Cherni Osam;
  • Municipality Apriltsi – the lands of town Apriltsi;
  • Municipality Sevlievo – lands: villages Kravenik, Stokite;
  • Municipality Pavel Banya – lands: villages Manolovo, Tazha, Asen, Skobelevo, Osetenovo, Gabarevo, Tarnichane, town Pavel Banya;
  • Municipality Karlovo – lands: town Kalofer, village Vasil Levski, towns Karlovo, Sopot, villages Anevo, Iganovo, Pevtsite, Karnare, Hristo Danovo, Rozino, town Klisura;
  • Municipality Sopot - lands: town Sopot, village Anevo;
  • Municipality Anton – lands of the village Anton;
  • Municipality Pirdop – lands of the village Pirdop.
  Natura 2000 ID: BG 0000494  
  Annual visitor count: 50- 55 000 people  
  Majority of visitors from: Majority of the tourists come from Bulgaria  
  Site description:

This site is currently in the designation phase and included in the Bulgarian List of Natura 2000 sites (according to Bulgarian biodiversity Act), adopted from Bulgarian Council of Ministers. Central Balkan National Park is located in the central part of Bulgaria. It includes the highest point of Central Stara Planina mountains. The National Park covers a forested area of 44,000.8 ha (61%) and high-mountain pastures and meadows of a total area 27,668.7 ha (39%). The National Park is situated in an alpine region.


All species
  Species code Latin name Common / local name
  A 4 0 2 Accipiter brevipes  
  A 2 2 3 Aegolius funereus  
  A 1 0 9 Alectoris graeca  
  A 0 9 1 Aquila chrysaetos  
  A 4 0 4 Aquila heliaca  
  A 0 8 9 Aquila pomarina  
  A 1 0 4 Bonasa bonasia  
  A 2 1 5 Bubo bubo  
  A 4 0 3 Buteo rufinus  
  A 2 2 4 Caprimulgus europaeus  
  A 0 3 0 Ciconia nigra  
  A 0 8 0 Circaetus gallicus  
  A 2 3 9 Dendrocopos leucotos lilfordi  
  A 2 3 8 Dendrocopos medius  
  A 4 2 9 Dendrocopos syriacus  
  A 2 3 6 Dryocopus martius  
  A 3 7 9 Emberiza hortulana  
  A 5 1 1 Falco cherrug  
  A 0 9 5 Falco naumanii  
  A 1 0 3 Falco peregrinus  
  A 3 2 0 Ficedula parva  
  A 4 4 2 Ficedula semitorquata  
  A 2 1 7 Glaucidium passerinum  
  A 0 9 2 Hieraaetus pennatus  
  A 3 3 8 Lanius collurio  
  A 2 4 6 Lullula arborea  
  A 0 7 2 Pernis apivorus  
  A234 Picus canus  
  A 2 2 0 Strix uralensis  
  A 1 2 2 Crex crex  
  1308 Barbastella barbastellus  
  1352 Canus lupus  
  1355 Lutra lutra  
  1361 Lynx lynx  
  1310 Miniopterus schreibersii  
  1323 Myotis bechsteinii  
  1307 Myotis blythii  
  1321 Myotis emarginatus  
  1324 Myotis myotis  
  1305 Rhinolophus euryale  
  1304 Rhinolophus ferrumequinum  
  1303 Rhinolophus hipposideros  
  1371 Rupicarpa rupicarpa balcanica  
  1335 Spermophilus citellus  
  1354 Ursus arctos  
  1224 Bombina variegata  
  1138 Barbus meridionalis  
  1163 Cottus gobio haemusi  
  4013 Austropotamobius torrentium  
  1083 Cerambyx cerdo  
  4039 Lucanus cervus  
  4045 Morimus funereus  
  1042 Odontopodisma rubripes  
  4052 Osmoderma eremita  
  4056 Polyommatus eroides  
  1014 Rosalia alpina  
All habitats (* indicates priority habitats)
  Habitat code Common / local name
  9410 Acidophilous Picea forests of the montane to alpine levels (Vaccinio-Piceetea)
  4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths
  9170 Galio-Carpinetum oak-hornbeam forests
  6170 Alpine and subalpine calcareous grasslands
  8110 Siliceous scree of the montane to snow levels (Androsacetalia alpinae and Galeopsietalia ladani)
  8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation
  8220 Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation
  8230 Siliceous rock with pioneer vegetation of the Sedo-Scleranthion or of the Sedo albi-Veronicion dillenii
  9530* (Sub-) Mediterranean pine forests with endemic black pines
  6230* Species-rich Nardus grasslands, on silicious substrates in mountain areas (and submountain areas in Continental Europe)
  62D0 Oro – Moesian acidophilous grasslands
  6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels
  8310 Caves not open to the public
  9110 Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests
  9130 Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests
  9180* Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines
  3160 Natural dystrophic lakes and ponds
  5130 Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands
  6150 Siliceous alpine and boreal grasslands
  6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites)
  6520 Mountain hay meadows
  7140 Transition mires and quaking bogs
  9150 Medio-European limestone beech forests of the Cephalanthero-Fagion
  91EO* Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae)
  91MO Pannonian – Balkanic turkey oak – sessile – oak forests
  91BA Moesian silver fir forests
Stakeholder profile        
  Stakeholder activity in the management planning process:
  Stakeholder group activity level
  hi ←        → nil
  Local Government        
  Central Government        
  Green NGOs        
Stakeholder success stories

Role of NGOs in the management plan

The National Park has a Management plan (2001 -2010) as protected areas.(According to Bulgarian Protected Areas Act).
The Management plan consists of two main sections:
I Description - basic information, biotic, physical geographic characteristic
II Prescription - goals and long term objectives, management objectives, zoning, programs and projects.
The management plan was developed between 1997 – 2001. Scientists and NGOs played an important role in this process. They made an analysis of the information about biotic characteristics and carried out some additional research on the biodiversity.
The Central Government (Ministry of Environment and Waters) participated in the preparation of the framework of the management plan and in the section II of the plan: Prescription.
According to the Bulgarian Biodiversity Act we have to prepare an Order for declaration of the Central Balkan National Park similar to that for a Natura 2000 site. The next step will be the preparation of the new Management plan.
Since the beginning of the designation process NGOs have played a very active role.
Photo credit: Central Balkan National Park Directorate (CBNPD) and Petar Paunchev
Communication profile

Activities and products for the communication of Natura 2000




  Event frequency
Not every year


  Use of seasonal workers / volunteers


  Communication literature produced


  Communication target groups
General public
Site visitors


  The organisation has a dedicated communication strategy for Natura 2000


  Site involved in joint working / networking


Site management profile
"Communication of Natura 2000 on national/ regional level"
  Key site management issues:


The conservation and maintenance of biodiversity.


  Integration of Natura 2000 in overall site management:


The Central Balkan National Park is included in the list of Natura 2000 sites (according to the Bulgarian Biodiversity Act).

Now we have to prepare an Order for the declaration of the Natura 2000 site – Central Balkan National Park.


  Key site management objectives:


Raising awareness about Natura 2000 especially concerning:

  • Aims and possibilities in Natura 2000
  • Future restrictions and prohibitions in Natura 2000 sites
  • Compensation measures


  Stakeholders targeted as part of management action:


  • Land and forest owners
  • Users of lands and forests
  • Regional authorities
  • Local people
  • Hunting and fishing associations
  • Medicinal plants associations
  • Regional authority of the Ministry of Environment and Water
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forests


  Description of work carried out / methods and methodology:


The Biological Diversity Act provides for the implementation of national and regional public campaigns to create awareness of the purpose of the protected sites. The implementation of these campaigns is also crucial for the next step – the development of the management plans for the sites. The lack of information itself is the reason for ungrounded fear and negative attitude and makes possible the dissemination of speculative information by people/groups that wouldn’t benefit from the sustainable development. Therefore, we -my colleague Elena Tilova (Green Balkans) and I- are planning to organize a workshop (or two workshops) involving key stakeholders. The aim of this event will be to inform and discuss some issues and problems on Natura 2000 in Bulgaria.


  Results of action and activities:


  • Raising the level of awareness of Natura 2000
  • Creating positive attitudes towards the goals and objectives of Natura
    2000 and awareness of the opportunities it provides for local development
  • Motivating key stakeholders to be the active party in the process of
    establishing the network and managing the Natura 2000 sites


  Indication of budget allocation for these tasks:


Total budget will be approximately Euro 5,800.


Financial overview
  Organisational budget for nature conservation (annual):


The 2007 budget is approximately Euro 23,000


  Budget reserved for communication:


Approximately 30% of overall budget.


  European funding:




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