gushter wrote:Next time you think about skiing in Bulgaria, just give a thought to the true price of your holiday or property investment...the real cost is the obscene environmental destruction that you are sponsoring!
- it seems most people have managed to lose vast quantities of money (massive fall in property value) - apart form possibly the Bulgarian and Russian developers, many of whom bought farm land outside the old village of Bansko and have now created a concrete lanscape spreading up towards the mountain area, many of which are unoccupied and unfinished - There seems to be less snow each year, possibly due to people flying backwards and forward all the time and buying kitchens coming half way accros the world from China. There has been little thought for planning/ infrastructuregushter wrote:. As long as it means they make a few bucks on their properties.
Mat wrote:Well its a lot easier to get all high and mighty about it when you are no longer investing in the region. What was the ministry supposed to do? Tear down lifts? Under UNESCO rules you can anyway use up to 15% of the park for this kind of thing (I don't make a judgement on whether or not its a good thing) and the mandate of the national park has already been changed from 2014 to allow this from the current 3% exploitation. So the ministry would have to remove the lifts only to give permission to rebuild them again in a year or so.
I'm more concerned about mercury leaching in the gold mines of the Rodope and the deforestation of the ancient forests in the quiet places where no-one but a few go.
Thank you for your letters concerning the state of conservation of the WorldHeritage Property of the Pirin National Park, Bulgaria.
Please be assured that we have taken due note of your concerns regarding this site and the press release included highlighting the attitude of the Bulgarian Minister. Therefore, we are sending your letters to the competent national authorities, in particular to the Permanent Delegation of Bulgaria to UNESCO and the National Commission of Bulgaria for UNESCO requesting further information and comments.
Please note that a copy of the appeal is also transmitted to the Advisory Bodies, ICOMOS International and IUCN.
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