Belogradchik again hosted a meeting under a cross-border project entitled “Stara Planina – a New Network”, which took place at the small conference room of the Skalite hotel complex. Representatives of four Serbian municipalities – Zajecar, Bor, Negotin, and Boljevac, and as many Bulgarian ones – Vidin, Belogradchik, Dimovo and Chuprene – took part in the forum. The meeting was opened by Rossen Mladenov, Deputy Mayor of Belogradchik Municipality. The discussion’s topic was environment in the region. The associates of the Regional Agency for Eastern Serbia presented two videos on the subject matter. According to the specific of their professional jobs, participants in the meeting shared with great concern adverse trends relating mostly to climate change. The fact that the sharp decline of air humidity from 48% to 30% and during daytime even to 20% is having a detrimental effect on conifer forests was accounted for with great concern.
Participants were in unison behind the opinion that large infrastructure projects, including Danube Bridge II, do not harm the environment. The projects of Vidin Municipality for development of a state-of-the-art waste landfill, a waste water treatment plant, and green and accessible urban environment were also presented in summary.
Acknowledged as good practice were the annual forest-planting events of Belogradchik Municipality and Knyazhevats Municipality at the Cadi Boaz pass, as well as the project for prevention of cross-border fires, which was prepared between the two municipalities and the Scientific Institute on Forests in Belgrade. Participants in the meeting also visited the Belogradchik Museum of Nature and Science, which is the only one of this kind in Northwestern Bulgaria.
Author: Lyubomir Veselinov