Celebrating "Forest Day" with a thematic photo exhibition dedicated to "Earth Hour"


The conservation organization WWF has chosen to launch this year's edition of Earth Hour campaign on the day when the world celebrates the International Forest Day for the 50th anniversary. Forests are among the most significant natural resources we have. In addition to being home to 80% of terrestrial biodiversity, they contribute to our health and well-being through their ecosystem services, as well as providing wood for the economy. They are also the largest stores of carbon dioxide after the oceans, which is why they play a key role in the planet's climate. 


Today, however, forests are at risk!


The war in Ukraine, like any war, apart from human casualties, suffering and long-term economic consequences, entails a number of concomitant damages. One of them is the destruction of nature. WWF experts warn what we can expect if the fighting continues.

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Large-scale maneuvers of heavy vehicles and military equipment, illegal logging and clearing of areas for military action, worsen the condition of forests and can damage the structure of habitats. Explosions caused by artillery shelling increase the risk of forest fires, with consequences for biodiversity. Also, in the long-term accumulation of refugees in camps where heating is not provided, whole areas could be deforested. And the minefields are able to limit the access of forest workers to large areas, as well as turn them into dangerous areas for large mammals.


"Spring is the time when most animals give birth and take care of their young. Now the fighting will prevent this from happening normally in the entire perimeter they need. Large-scale disturbances will lead to the expulsion of a number of animals from their usual breeding grounds. Easy access to weapons can facilitate the conditions for poaching, while isolated areas of powerlessness create the preconditions for crimes against wildlife. "- commented Veselina Kavrakova, Executive Director of WWF Bulgaria.


Data show that Ukraine has 35% of Europe's biodiversity. This includes more than 70 species, many of which are rare, relict and endemic. 000% of the country is covered with forests, and 16 protected areas cover an area of ​​8633 square kilometers. There are also 41 wetlands of international importance in Ukraine, with a total area of ​​000 square kilometers. All this natural wealth is threatened directly or indirectly by military action, and the long-term field efforts of organizations such as WWF may be meaningless. 


In our country we celebrate the "Day of the Forest" with a thematic photo exhibition


The National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, WWF Bulgaria, Sofia Municipality and the photographer Dimitar Karanikolov, unite their voice in support of the campaign "Earth Hour" - 2022 with photo exhibition "Natural Kaleidoscope".


It will be officially opened at 18:00 on March 21 (Monday) at the Open Air Gallery in Crystal Garden. The selected shots present landscape perspectives from Bulgaria, Mexico, Bolivia, Greece, Turkey, Myanmar, Brazil, Namibia, Botswana, Iceland, Indonesia, Malta, Mongolia and Tanzania. Among the official guests of the event will be the Executive Director of WWF Bulgaria, Veselina Kavrakova. She will talk about the tradition of "Earth Hour" and will call for peace in which people live in harmony with each other so that they can take care of their common home - the planet.


We are expecting you!


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