Seminar “Sustainable agriculture for food sovereignty”

The seminar took place from 25th to 31st May in the European Youth Center of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. At the event there were representatives from eight European countries – France, Germany, Portugal, Bulgaria, Poland and the contact movements from Nicaragua, Armenia and Norway.



Project participants take care for the young forest saplings











This activity was held in June. Events was realized in the forest nursery of State Forestry “Etropole” – “Malki Iskar”. There, in four visits we took part in various activities of grow a young forest trees. These events aim to provide better conditions for developing of crops and saplings and protect them from abiotic and biotic damage. Students gain practical knowledge and skills to perform the entire range of spring-forestry cultural activities carried out in nursery - planting, dive, mulching, shading, weeding, fertilizing, spraying, watering, mowing and cultivation.



Becoming acquainted with the forests of Bulgaria – wild animals





For young people, wild animals are the most interesting and exciting element of forest ecosystems. In order for the participants in the project to see wild animals, we organized a visit to Sofia Zoo, where we saw a wide range of animals from Bulgaria and from foreign countries. The trainer explained the ways of life and the benefits and significance of the animals which are most widespread in the forests of Bulgaria.




Becoming acquainted with the forests of Bulgaria – protected plants, animals and areas



Perhaps the most important objective of the project “NO to Poverty – YES to Labour” is to create a feeling of commitment in the young Roma to environment protection activities. That is why our third visit under Activity 1 “Becoming acquainted with the forests of Bulgaria” was in the age-old beech forests around Glozhene Monastery, where all of us became acquainted with some plant species which are rare and threatened with extinction. The trainer told us in detail about the different types of protected areas and the ways they are managed – national parks, reserves, protected areas etc. We became acquainted with NATURA 2000, the common European network of protected areas, aimed at long-term survival of the most valuable and threatened plant and animal species. In Glozhene Monastery we were once again assured of the forest’s role of “a nurturing mother” which had provided here, too, refuge and protection to Vassil Levski, Bulgaria’s Apostle of Freedom.


Becoming acquainted with the forests of Bulgaria – damages caused by natural disasters

Secondly, we organized a mountain hiking trip in order to become acquainted with the problems of the forest caused by natural disasters and anthropogenic actions. The hiking trip was in Etropole Balkan Mountain, where we saw the horrible consequences of the freezing and falling of forest trees in our area several years ago. Among the fallen trees, the Roma students clearly realized the scope and consequences of this disaster. The trainer described in detail the reasons for this disaster. All of us discussed other factors which have had detrimental effects on forests – forest fires, landslides, insect pests, fungal diseases etc. A special emphasis was placed on the negative human activity – the illegal cutting of trees. The trainer explained in detail activities carried out by the forest estate for removing the caused damages. Everyone agreed that this is a very suitable way for low-qualified Roma from mountain areas of the country to earn their living.


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Project “The magic to communicate” №2015-1-BG01-KA105-013472 has been funded with support from the “Erasmus+” Programme of the European Commission, administered in Bulgaria by “Human Resource Development Center”. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the European Commission, “Erasmus+” Programme or the HRDC cannot be held responsible for any of the contain or its use.

Project “Stronger Together: Youth Collaboration for interreligious solidarity” № 6471.2.PA.2015 is implemented with the support of the European Youth Foundation, Council of Europe. This website reflects the views only of the authors, and the Council of Europe and the European Youth Foundation cannot be held responsible for any of the contain or its use.

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