Welcome to the site of "EuroEcoIntellect" project!
This project was realized by Friendly
Support Foundation, Ruse from 01.12.2006 to 30.06.2006 with the methodical help and
financial support of the Bulgarian
Environmental Partnership Foundation, Sofia by the Local Ecoinitiatives Programme,
with the partnership of 14 organizations and institutions.
Friendly Support Foundation develops ecological education regarding the popularization of
the unique nature park "Rusenski lom" and the other nature landmarks among the
youths and pupils from schools in Ruse region, with priority of children and youths in
unequilateral social or health status, living in institutions.
The problems connected with the environment preservation and nature protecting are
among the basic goals of the organization and its partners. After the successful realization of the "Young Friends of
Nature" (Bulgarian only) project in
2005/2006, the children participating in it were very satisfied from their achievements
and interesting initiatives. They showed us a strong motivation to continue the events for
nature protecting and maintaining the "Rusenski lom" nature park and the other
nature landmarks in the region.
communication with nature made us more responsible, more tolerant, more communicative and
at the same time – irreconcilable with cases, connected with destruction of the already
built, pollution of the environment and the annihilation of valuable plant species, the
illegal tree-cutting, etc. Such cases we found in the protected area “Topchiisko dere”
(The Gully of Topchii) near the nature landmark “Yuch Peshtera” (The Triple Cave).
This made us direct our steps and eco events to this locality, which is part of the route
“From Perperikon to Pobit Kamak”. We found neglected facilities with important meaning
for the life in this region: “Malkata cheshma” (The Little Faucet) and the bridge to
the ethnographic museum, so we decided that their restoration could give an opportunity
for hundreds of tourists to get introduced with the cultural and the historical
inheritance, as well as the nature landmarks of this beautiful and unknown nook in
While realizing the project, we found that the problems, connected with the environment
protection, the historical and cultural inheritance and the stable development of the
localities are a live question in the village regions. Practically, the people living
there do not have the eco culture needed. Also, the apiarists do not have professional
information about the biological bee-farming, and it is a very perspective branch for
Bulgaria, known as one of the countries in Europe, producing the most qualitative honey.
Many of them were willing to stop their work as apiarists, which could lead to
disadvantageous consequences for the plants’ propagation. By check-ups made by us was
proved that the information and the training of biological apiarists in huge bee-farming
regions like the Danube region and the Ludogorie region is not a subject of government
politics at all. There is no strategy planned for involving the Bulgarian apiarists in
biological bee-farming. The only professional training in Bulgaria is given in Sofia, and
the course costs as much as two minimal Bulgarian wages.
The bee-farmers from the village regions do not have the opportunity to participate in
such trainings because the apiculture itself does not allow being absent from the apiary
for a long time. Moreover, these people are growing plant cultures and breeding animals,
which need an everyday care.
Another part of these people is presented by pensioners who cannot afford the expenses
required – for participation in courses as well as for apiarist magazines subscription.
said above motivated us to create this project, including a plenty of events, regarding the building and the upgrade of the local people
eco culture (11 villages situated in the localities of “Rusenski
lom” Nature Park and “Topchiisko dere” protected area). This was made by getting
introduced to the biodiversity in the region, saving the forest and the fields from fires,
eco events for cleansing the environment near the rivers, restoration of the faucet and
improvement of the bridge to the ethnographic museum in the village of Topchii, disposal
of the garbage thrown around the rivers, training programs for biological apiculture, as
well as preventing future pollution of the cleaned areas.
About 600 people participated in the project.