Protests over Bansko ski centre's expansion intensify - Pirin in danger?

Protests over Bansko ski centre's expansion intensify - Pirin in danger?
The protests against an expansion of the Bansko skiing resort into Pirin National Park in Bulgaria might be more than what they seem. At first glance, the protesters are taking a stand against fears that any new ski lift in Bansko might lead to the construction of new hotels in the park, which is a protected nature reserve.

As thousands protested in the streets of Sofia yet again on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and his Cabinet assured the country how green they were.

Nino Dimov, Bulgaria’s Minister of Environment and Water, repeated his claim that the only thing which might happen in a so-called buffer zone between the resort of Bansko and Pirin National Park would be the construction of a cabin lift. That buffer zone represented only 2 percent of the park.../IBNA

Photo: Pirin Mountains / Lonely Planet

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