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Bulgaria – Great Potential for Ecotourism?

Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism has reaffirmed its commitment to ecotourism and sees the potential of this tourism product, wildlifeextra.com writes. It has also thrown its weight behind the European Union's Natura 2000 programme which aims to ensure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.

Bulgaria has registered more than 320 Special Areas of Conservation with Natura 2000 which, in total, cover a third of the country. Of these, 114 of the territories are associated with rare birds. Bulgaria is a birdwatcher's paradise with more than 400 different species. It is also home to more than 27,000 species of invertebrate fauna and over 12,000 different types of plant, making it one of the most biodiverse countries in Europe.

The councillor of Bulgaria's Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Mrs Alexandra Lang, said: "We see great potential in the ecotourism sector. More and more people are eager to find places where they can relax away from their daily routine, where they can feel at one with nature and observe rare birds and animals and enjoy sights of untouched beauty. This is what Bulgaria can offer."

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