|Large-scale environmental education project kicks off in Bulgaria|
|SOFIA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- A large-scale project aimed at raising awareness among pupils, teachers, hunters and farmers about the benefits of nature conservation kicked off in Bulgaria, the organizers said here on Tuesday.
During the 24-month project, Prosveta, the largest publisher of textbooks and methodological literature in Bulgaria, and its partners from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, will develop special "Nature Rooms" in 56 schools throughout the country, as well as a textbook dedicated to the European network Natura 2000.
"The other schools in the country will have digital access to all the materials that we will make," Nikola Kitzevsky, director at Prosveta, said at a press conference.
In addition, every Bulgarian school would receive educational boards displaying information about the animal diversity of Bulgarian nature and the most endangered species, Kitzevsky said.
Meanwhile, a mobile application for sustainable land management in the Natura 2000 network would be developed for the benefits of the farmers in the country.
Another mobile application describing the bird species would be made available to 150,000 hunters in Bulgaria.
Natura 2000 is a network of over 27,000 protected sites that covers 18 percent of European Union's land and more than five percent of its marine areas. It offers a haven to Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
In Bulgaria, Natura 2000 covers some 34 percent of country's territory and 353 protected areas.