18th November- “Great return” exhibition for the first time made possible to connect wildlife conservation, science and art at an amazing event took place at the Rectory’s building of Sofia University. It was designed prior to the First National Conference “Reintroduction of Conservation- Reliant Species” and aimed wider publicity.
The “Great Return” contest and exhibition were launched thanks to the efforts and financial support of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”- Faculty of Biology, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (LIFE for Kresna Gorge LIFE11 NAT/BG/363), Green Balkans (Bright future for Black Vulture in Bulgaria“ LIFE14 NAT/BG/649, Lesser Kestrel Recovery LIFE11 NAT/BG/360), “Pensoft” publishing house and the National Art Academy. The event enjoyed the patronage of Ministry of Waters and Environment of Bulgaria.
The competition inspired many people both professionals and amateurs, to depict local rare and endangered species using different approaches. More than 40 artists and over 60 paintings took part in the contest.
The head of Faculty of Biology Professor Mariela Odgakova opened the Exhibition. She stated the increasing importance of communicating wide audience to the wildlife problems and admired the approach of presenting rare and endangered species through art. She announced that objects of the paintings are actually those that are to be lectured about during the Conference.
We were honored to have at the exhibition opening the new Rector of Sofia University Professor Anastas Gerdgikov, who declared his pressure to officially open the first event since he has headed the University. He shared his favorable impression of seeing Sofia University widely open for publicity, and in collaboration with nature conservation and cultural organizations.
The inspiring young curator Mrs. Hristina Grozdanova said that it is a very special day for her, because it cost much effort to collect all up-to-date artists, who have illustrated at prestigious zoological and botanical editions, with some very young and inexperienced but of great potential artists. Once again she stated the important role of the Exhibition to play in popularizing wildlife conservation actions in Bulgaria.
Emilian Stoynov, the chairman of Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna expressed his satisfaction of the opportunity to share the terrain wildlife conservation projects and achievements in Bulgaria, have lasted about ten years, with such a big audience. In his opinion this is usually not an attractive issue for media and the community, but it is always supported by strong scientific expertise and usually gained from the Biological Faculty of Sofia University.
On behalf of FWFF and the Green Balkans Mr. Stoynov expressed his gratitude to Sofia University for hosting the event. He reminded that the event would not be possible without the sufficient financial support to wildlife conservation in Bulgaria of LIFE+ Program of EU.
19th November- First National Conference “Reintroduction of Conservation- Reliant Species” took place at the main lecture hall of Faculty of Biology at Sofia University with the financial support of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”- Faculty of Biology, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (LIFE for Kresna Gorge LIFE11 NAT/BG/363) and Green Balkans (Bright future for Black Vulture in Bulgaria“ LIFE14 NAT/BG/649, Lesser Kestrel Recovery LIFE11 NAT/BG/360).
The Chief Assistant Professor PhD. Atanas Grozdanov from Faculty of Biology presented THE ROLE OF THE FACULTY OF BIOOGY, UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SPECIES REINTRODUCTION ACTIVITIES IN BULGARIA. Shortly, he listed the following reintroduction projects to be presented during the Conference.
Emilian Stoynov, the Chairman of FWFF, is one of Bulgarian pioneers at the successful reintroduction projects aiming conservation of rare and endangered species. He presented THE REINTRODUCTIONS OF WILDLIFE SPECIES AS CONSERVATION TOOL – REVIEW OF THE GENERAL ASPECTS. HISTORY, PRESENT STAGE AND FUTURE OF THE REINTRODUCTIONS OF WILDLIFE SPECIES IN BULGARIA.
Elena Kmetova, a coordinator of “Vultures Return in Bulgaria”- a project of Green Balkans, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna and Birds of prey Protection Society presented RESTORATION OF GRIFFON VULTURE IN CENTRAL BALKAN AND EASTERN BALKAN (Posters REINT 20, REINT 21).
Svetlana Bancheva, Marina Stanilova from Bulgarian Academy of Science presented COMPLETE CONSERVATION OF SEVERAL ENDEMIC PLANT SPECIES FROM THE BULGARIAN FLORA: EX SITU COLLECTIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH REINFORCEMENT OF THE NATURAL POPULATIONS.
Marta Dimitrova from Balkani Wildlife Society presented EXPERIENCE OF BALKANI WILDLIFE SOCIETY IN REINTRODUCTION ACTIVITIES for reintroduction of endemic plant species and tortoises at Dragoman lake and chamois at Vitosha Mountain.
Eliza Uzunova, Tihomir Stefanov, Lyubomir Kenderov, Lyubomira Lyubomirova from Faculty of Biology presented RE-INTRODUCTION OF ENDANGERED BULLHEAD (COTTUS GOBIO) TO THE UPPER PALAKARIYA RIVER (ISKAR RIVER BASIN): RE-INTRODUCTION DESIGN, FIRST RESULTS, PROBLEMS AND FUTURE PROSPECTS.
David Izquierdo, Andrew Dixon, Ivailo Klisurov, Darren Weeks from Green Balkans presented PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE SAKER FALCON (FALCO CHERRUG) REINTRODUCTION PROGRAMME IN BULGARIA (Poster REINT 22).
Atidzhe Ahmed, Albena Vlasseva, Stefka Kitanova, Peter Genov from Bulgarian Academy of Science presented REINTRODUCTION OF BEZOAR WILD GOAT (CAPRA AEGAGRUS ERXLEBEN, 1777) IN.
Gradimir Gradev, Simeon Marin, Pavlin Zhelev, José Antolín from Green Balkans presented RECOVERING THE LESSER KESTREL (FALCO NAUMANNI) AS A BREEDER IN BULGARIA (Poster REINT 23). The project is financed by LIFE+ Program of EC.
Nikolay Tzankov, Georgi Popgeorgiev, Ivo Ivanchev, Yurii Kornilev from National Natural Science Museum and “Gea Chelonia” Foundation presented REITRODUCTION ACTIVITIES AND CONSERVATION EFFORTS FOR TORTOISES IN BULGARIA – CURRENT RESULTS AND FUTURE DARK PROSPECTS.
Hristo Peshev, Emilian Stoynov, Atanas Grozdanov, Nadya Vangelova from Fund for wild flora and fauna presented the results of “LIFE for Kresna Gorge” LIFE/NAT/BG/363 in REINTRODUCTION OF THE GRIFFON VULTURE (GYPS FULVUS) IN KRESNA GORGE, SOUTH-WEST BULGARIA IN THE PERIOD 2010-2015. During the Conference the new book of FWFF about Griffon Vulture reintroduction was presented.
The poster session on 19th November presented 19 thematic posters. Please refer to the Conference program for more information.
On 20th November, the KLIMENT’S DAYS 2015 took place at the Faculty of Biology as there were demonstrated very interesting biological and biochemistry scientific presentations and posters.