Protected areas

The cross-border area is characterized by numerous and significant natural resources, incl. protected areas under the Protected Areas Act (PAA) and protected areas of the European ecological network Natura 2000, the preservation of which is related to their in-depth study and formulation of specific measures for their protection.

Natura 2000 is a pan-European network of protected areas aimed at ensuring the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and endangered species and habitats in accordance with the main international agreements in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity.

Ecological sites are defined in accordance with two basic environmental directives of the European Union - Directive 92/43 / EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (hereinafter referred to as the Habitats Directive). ) and Directive 2009/147 / EU on the conservation of wild birds (hereinafter referred to as the Birds Directive). Both directives are reflected in the Bulgarian legislation through the Biodiversity Act (BDA).

The protected areas in the area are as follows: