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New Thracian Gold – Bulgaria Foundation Established

Recently, the New Thracian Gold – Bulgaria Foundation was established. The foundation has the same name, objectives and logo as the NTG project which is active since 2010 in the region of the Eastern Rhodopes. The new foundation is the legal entity for the project initiatives. The aims of the foundation are:

  • To promote the development and cultivation of nature, restoration and conservation of the species in Bulgaria in cooperation with environmental organizations, state and municipal authorities and natural persons or legal entities;
  • To promote the introduction and implementation of organic farming (including ecological harvest) and the supply of bio products;
  • To stimulate green tourism in Bulgaria in cooperation with local entrepreneurs, regional (tourist) organizations and international agencies;
  • To seek international cooperation and to involve local and foreign natural persons and legal entities, state and municipal organizations to achieve the objectives, projects and programs of the Foundation;
  • To establish (find existing) local environmental organizations, which will continue the objectives of the foundation alone.


Local entrepreneurs are supported with expertise and cofinance to start B&B business and small scale tourist activities, to transform their traditional agriculture into organic farming and to offer organic food to guests and visitors to the region.

The New Thracian Gold project is an initiative of the two Dutch foundations ARK and Avalon in close cooperation with Bulgarian partners and experts and with the financial support of Postcode Lottery of the Netherlands during 2010-2014. The newly registered foundation supports the current project activities and will explore new project and financial horizons beyond 2014.

The Foundation has a three person management board with members from both countries, Bulgaria (Iva Tontcheva, PR and Communication officer of NTG project  and the Netherlands (Martien Lankester, Founder and Executive Director, AVALON Foundation and Frank Zanderink, International Co-ordinator in ARK Foundation and leader of NTG project).

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