• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Bulgaria | High court ends government bid to open WH-listed Pirin NP to logging and ski development

In a ruling that cannot be appealed, Bulgaria's supreme administrative court overturned controversial changes made by the government in December 2017 to the management plan of Pirin National Park. These changes opened up to 48 percent of the park of centuries-old pine forests, home to bear, wolf and chamois, to logging and potential construction of new ski runs and lifts in the Bansko ski resort, which is Bulgaria's largest.

The court based its ruling on sections on the law on protected areas that "allows only maintenance, not the construction of new sports facilities in the national parks".

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