Position on the development of renewable energy sources (RES) and biodiversity conservation in Bulgaria
In response to the climate crisis and in order to achieve energy independence and security, we support the accelerated introduction of renewable energy sources (RES) in Bulgaria. Achieving carbon neutrality is in line with our country's commitments to the Paris Agreement and the Green Deal, but it should not put at risk the objectives related to biodiversity and farmland protection.
Our opinion on the draft amendment of the Master Plan for the city of Stara Zagora and the areas surrounding the city, endorsed with Decision No 1158 under Protocol 55 from 26.05.2011 in its part for Bedechka park/district, was deposited today in Stara Zagora Municipality and registered under No 10-02-461/19.01.2017
After a thorough acquaintance with the Forest Act amendments law, adopted by the Parliament on June 13, 2012, our opinion is that this law needs an entire remake. Our motives draw from the fact that some of its regularions violate Republic of Bulgaria’s constitution and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Union’s legislature. This law will license overbuilding of the forests, agricultural land, and protected areas, and overexploitation of forest resources, and will have long-lasting negative effects on Bulgarian forest. The adopted Forest Act amendments law violates its chief purpose, and contradicts the tradition in this matter in Bulgarian legislature.
We are against incomes from change of use of forests or use rights to be used for reforestation and for forest roads. We are against because we believe that natural reforestation is the most natural and economically profitable way of forest recovery.
The Parliament had to accept the veto of the President Sofia, 21 June 2012 – On a session this afternoon, the agriculture and forestry committee in the Parliament will consider the President Plevneliev's veto about the changes in the Forest Act.
Representatives of the coalition of non-governmental organizations and citizen groups “Let nature remain in Bulgaria” are hoping to participate in the session, in order to state that they expect the parliament to accept the veto.
The environmentalists continue to insist against the changes in the Forestry Act because these would allow for construction works in the forests without any change in their status, for building of ski, sport and other facilities.
Why change of purpose is important for nature conservation (in the Act for amendment and Supplement to the Forestry Act there has been accepted for this requirement to be dropped in case of sport facilities in the forests, as well as in the agricultural lands):
After we acquainted ourselves with the published report on the website of the Municipality of Samokov ([url">http://www.samokov.bg/home.html) on environmental assessment (EA) of the Common structural plan (CSP) of a tourist resort-localization "Iskrovete – Govedarci -Malyovitsa, Municipality Samokov, we would like to express the following opinion (see the attached file).
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