Balkani Wildlife Society


West Stara Planina

The idea for establishing a trans-border protected zone in West Stara Planina on the border with Yugoslavia was discussed for the first time during the 80-ties. It was considerd again on a bilateral level in 1995-96, when the two governments agreed the etsbalishment of a trans-border park. In 1997 the Yugoslav part of the mountain was designated a protected area. 

Currently a Regional Environmental Centre project is under way for the designation of Belogradchishki Rocks Nature Park. The proposed territory covers a smaller area than the idea for a West Stara Planina Nature Park idea, but it is a good beginning for the conservation of natural and cultural heritage of the area. The Society is partnering the Centre for Environmental Information and Education, which is implementing a project aimed at sustainable tourism in the area.