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Green Balkans organizes Art - Plein air painting dedicated to biodiversity and the European Green Belt in Sakar

Sep. 07, 2022
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The opening of Art - Plein air painting "Biodiversity and restoration of species in the area of ​​the European Green Belt Initiative" will be held on 09.09. 2022 (Friday) from 18:00 at the Svilengrad Art Gallery.
The event is organized by Green Balkans and the Society of Animalists, Florists and Scientific Illustrators - DAFNI, in partnership with the Historical Museum - Svilengrad and the Municipality of Svilengrad.

In the period from September 9th to 11th, members of DAFNI and other artists from Bulgaria will prepare their works dedicated to rare and protected species, nature and characteristic landscapes of the Green Belt. In the days after the opening, the participants will create their works in the area of ​​the Center for Environmental Protection Activities of Green Balkans in the village of Levka and the boundaries of the Protected Zone "Sakar", part of the European ecological network NATURA 2000 and, of course, one of the emblematic examples of Bulgaria, within the scope of the Green Belt.

The Sakar region is key to the recovery of the Lesser kestrel in our country. Here, in 2014, the Green Balkans created the first colony of the species, after decades when it was considered to have disappeared from the borders of Bulgaria, as a breeder. In this regard, the emphasis of the Plein air painting is placed not only on biodiversity but also on the restoration of species that have disappeared from our country, such as the Lesser kestrel, vultures, Saker falcon, etc.

The artistic performance is part of the celebration of Green Belt Day 2022 and aims to promote the European Green Belt Initiative. The final works of the participants in the Plein air painting will be presented during the international expert workshop on the conservation of the Lesser kestrel, organized by Green Balkans under the project "Life for Lesser kestrel" LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017, implemented with the support of the LIFE Program of the European Union and goals promotion.

The Green Belt Day is international cross-border cooperation, which is traditionally celebrated in the period 18 - 24 September, in various European countries. These are countries that in the recent past fell on both sides of the former "Iron Curtain" dividing Europe into two hostile blocs. The border that divided the continent into East and West, and the restricted access to the area that resulted from this, have helped to preserve exceptional biodiversity and culture in these territories. Today, these territories are united in the European Green Belt initiative, forming a 12,500 km long pan-European ecological corridor along the former Iron Curtain - from the Barents Sea in the north to the Mediterranean south of Europe and the Black Sea coast. It preserves exceptional biological diversity. The Balkan Green Belt covers the southern part of the European Green Belt, which extends over the territory of 9 countries.

For more information:
Additional information about the European Green Belt can be found HERE

Gradimir Gradev - phone: 0885609289, e-mail: ggradev@greenbalkans.org