Construction Boom Destroys Bulgarian Nature

Construction Boom Destroys Bulgarian Nature

Bulgarian nature is in serious danger, Germany’s monthly electronic magazine “Eurasische Magazine” wrote in its last edition discussing the problems surrounding the “Natura 2000” program in Bulgaria.

Lawyer Simone Böcker says the construction boom is threatening the country’s nature, Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) reported. The material quotes the “Biodiversity” foundation activist Yordanka Dineva, who tells about the problems with the determination of territories in the program.

According to ”Eurasische Magazine” many of the regions, which were originally included in “Natura 2000” were later removed from it due to protests mostly initiated by construction investors. The magazine quotes Dineva, who claims there were economic interests in all these regions.

“Eurasische Magazin” points out the boom of Bulgaria’s construction sector – not only in the Black Sea coastal area, but also in the mountains. “The fact that many projects break the Bulgarian law doesn’t seem to bother neither the justice officials, nor the government. Building entrepreneurs don’t have anything to worry about at the moment”, the magazine says reminding the building of the “Zlatna Perla” hotel in the Strandja National Park.

The material quotes corruption claims by Andrey Kovachev from the “Balkani Wild Nature Union” who says that his organizations has been offered money to withdraw its litigation against a violator of environment standards.

Böcker says that investors have managed to by deliberately misinforming society to work up part of the society against “Natura 2000”. The magazine quotes Dineva, who claims investors have lied to the people in the affected regions that the price of their land will fall.

The article also notes that environmental organizations in Bulgaria hope Brussels would send a clear warning that if the “Natura 2000” criteria are not implemented, our country might face sanctions.

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