Biodivervity in Bulgaria :: BD and tourism
In Bulgaria the concern for the preservation of natural and cultural heritage and the national customs and traditions from the one hand, and from the other- the aim to develop the local communities and tourism, resulted in the elaboration of “National Ecotourism Strategy and Action Plan”.
Ministry of Tourism
Ministry of Tourism
Our main priority is to create the necessary conditions for stable tourism growth in the Republic of Bulgaria and to carry out the country's tourism policy in a lawful and advisable way. We set goals that lead to a more competitive economy with a high value added and a better quality of life for the Bulgarian people.
The foundations of the country's tourism development are sustainable production, increased productivity and competitiveness, that is based on advanced technologies, innovation and modern industrial policies. We develop both traditional sectors and sectors with potential for future global growth in order to create sustainable industrial clusters. We create a less bureaucratic, investment-friendly environment, with simple and transparent procedures for business and effective management in the benefit of entrepreneurs.
Ecotourism in Bulgarian national parks
Bulgarian National Parks official websites. Pirin, Rila and Central Balkan are among the largest and most valuable protected areas in Europe. They contain some of Europe’s remaining, extant, wild regions. Identified as Category II protected areas by IUCN, the Parks are managed in accordance with the latest conservation principles and approaches. National Parks allow opportunities for recreation, spiritual enrichment and contact with nature. Tourists can choose from a wide variety of activities.
Pan Parks Concept
PAN Parks is a protected area network of parks, which has been established to introduce a marriage between nature conservation and tourism on a European scale. Therefore one of the main aims of the net is to work towards improving the nature protection by sustainable tourism development. PAN Parks aims to provide a reliable trademark which guarantees nature protection and is recognised by all Europeans.
In Bulgaria, in 2003 Central Balkan National Park was awarded PAN Parks certificate, which means that the park covers the required principles, criteria and indicators set by PAN Parks for the territories of the network.
Rila National Park was awarded PAN Parks certificate in 2010.
Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism (BAAT)
The Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism (BAAT) was established on January 31, 1998 and is a national tourist non-governmental organization. At present BAAT has 58 members: non-governmental organizations and regional associations in the field of tourism, local tourist councils, tour operating companies, companies that produce traditional Bulgarian products, nature parks, hotel owners, guesthouses, editors, transportation providers, monasteries, and individuals. The Association is a member of the National Tourism council and the Council for training in tourism.