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New Thracian Gold Annual Meeting

On 19 November, the annual meeting of the focus groups of New Thracian Gold took place in the town of Kardzhali. The achievements in the outgoing year and future plans were in the focus of the discussions.

Frank Zanderink, Team Leader of NTG project and Martien Lankester, Executive Director of AVALON Foundation opened the meeting. Deputy Governor of Kardzhali Musa Yusuf Seidmehmed welcomed the participants. Representatives of the municipalities of Kardzhali, Ivaylovgrad and Momochilgrad attended the meeting.

The coordinators of New Thracian Gold Hristo Hristov (wilderness and biodiversity), Michaela Kircheva (eco-tourism), Vladislav Popov (organic farming) and Iva Tontcheva (PR and Communications) presented the results of the project in 2013 and ideas for future NTG initiatives.

Volen Arkumbarev from BSPB preseneted the project “Promoting the Nature Information and Conservation center in Madzharovo and increasing awareness of wildlife heritage in the Eastern Rhodopes” supported by New Thracian Gold.

In the afternoon, the meeting continued with split workshops (tourism, organic farming and wilderness) on specific issues of the three project components. The core of the discussion was on on the NTG future after the subsidy of the Netherlands Postcode Lottery will stop in 2014.


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