Natural Pak “Rila Monastery”- the beauty of south-west Bulgaria

Natural Pak “Rila Monastery”- the beauty of south-west Bulgaria

Bulgaria
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The Rila – Monastery Natural Park is one of the largest in Bulgaria. It comprises 25 253, 2 hectares and is situated about 100km south of Sofia, in the Rila and Rhodope Mountains. The Park is a reserved territory with stable natural environment, healthy eco – systems and representatives plants, flora, and fauna.
The Rila Natural Park was established by a Decree (? ?? – 310) dated June 26th, 2000 by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. One of the main goals of this Directorate is to coordinate the activities of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (as an owner of the larger part of the Park) and the state institutions. Further on the Park should guarantee and preserve the unity between Nature and Rila Monastery, its rebirth as a spiritual and cultural center of the country.

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Street Address

2, Benkovski Str.

City

Rila

State/Province

Kjustendil

Postal/Zip Code

2630

Country
Year innovation began

2000

Geotourism Challenge Addressed by Entrant

Quality and distinctiveness of the destination

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Indicate sector in which you principally work

Conservation/Preservation organization

Geographic location

Mountain.

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Main barrier addressed

Lack of local input

Main insight addressed

Education through hands-on experience

Innovation
What is the goal of your innovation?

1.Natural Pak “Rila Monastery”- the beauty of south-west Bulgaria

How does your approach support or embody geotourism?

The Rila- Monastery natural park is always embody in the geotourism

Describe your approach in detail. How is it innovative?

The Rila Monastery Natural Park was established in 2000 year in Bulgaria.It comprises of 25253,2 hectares and is situated about 100km south of Sofia, in Rila Mountain.The Park is a reserved territory with stable natural environment, healthy eco-systems and representatives plants, flora and fauna.13,000 hectares are alphine meadow. Especially impessive from a geomorphologic point of view is the area around the Kirilova Meadow, including several alphine peaks – the highest is Rilets(2 713m). The Park's blue eyes are the lakes. There are 28 lakes, and 26 of them are of glacial origin.The highest of these is the first of the so called Devil's lake - 1,892m.Smradlivoto ezero( The Foulsmelling Lake) is the largest alpine lake on the Balkan Peninsula - 21.2ha.The flora of the park is quite unique.There are plenty of freshwater algae, mosses, ferns, braids, lichen, etc. The beech, spruce, silver pine, ash, and oak forests are very impressive all seasons long as they are natural purfiers of air produced of oxygen. There are 38 different mushrooms in the park.The park is home to a large number of endemic plants wich have survived the glacial ages - all listed in the Red Book of endangered species.During The Rila Monastery Forest was established on 3,676.5ha of forested land around The Rila Monastery.This monastery was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO durring 1983.

What types of partnerships or professional development would be most beneficial in spreading your innovation?

The comunity is very helpful here.The people gives a hand in every time.

Impact
In one sentence describe what kind of impact, change, or reform your approach is intended to achieve.

The Rila – Monastery Natural Park is working at several programs and applying for different projects:
- Together with Fund of Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF)

Describe the degree of success of your approach to date. Clearly define how you measure quantitative and qualitative impact in terms of how your approach contributes to the sustainability or enhancement of local culture, environment, heritage, or aesthetics? How does your approach minimize negative impacts? 200 words or less

The attractive combination of unbelievable natural beauty and venerable culturally significant sites makes the Natural Park Rila Monastery an ideal place to visitation. The Rila Monastery complex is an important point of interest from which the following tourist trails embark:
-Rila Monastery – Kirilova polyana ( Kipilova meadow ) – Suhoto ezero ( the Dry Lake ) – Kobilno Branishte
-Rila Monastery - Kipilova Polyana ( Kipilova meadow ) – Ribni Ezera ( Fish Lakes ) – Smradleevoto ezero ( the Foulsmelling Lake )
-Rila Monastery – Maluovitsa
-Rila Monastery – Seven Rila Lakes
-Rila Monastery – Radovichka Reka – mountain hostel “Macedonia”
… and many others. Besides these listed routes, the international tourist route E4 (Pirin – Alps – Rila - Olympus) twists through the territory of the park.
Tourists visiting the Rila – Monastery natural Park may lodge and dine at a number of hotels, mountain hostels, vacation bases and restaurants, all within a short distance from the park.

-          Chalet “Eleshnitsa” – located at 865 meters elevation at the confluence of the Rila and Eleshnitsa rivers.
-          Tourist base “Yavora” – a collection of bungalows with a guest capacity of 180. This base is located at 1,465 meters elevation at the northern end of Kirilova Meadow
-        Mountain hostel “Ribna Ezera” – located between the Large and Small Fish Lakes at an elevation of 2,230 meters.
-          Shelter “Kobilino Branishte” – located at 2145 meters.
- Hotel „Gorski kut” – locatet at 5km from Rila Monastery.
- The hotels “Tzarev vruh” and “Riletz” in the territory of the Monastery

How does your program promote traveler enthusiasm, satisfaction, and engagement with the locale?

Our Park is very popular with the biggest monastery in Bulgaria – Rila Monastery. This monastery used to be an important place for pilgrimage for all Bulgarians in the long course of the centuries past. It is situated in the heart of the magnificent Rila Mountains. Saint Ivan of Rila spent his life in this remote place and here he worked his wonders. He was given the name of the mountains, and the mountains became part of his sacredness.
The mountain and the church form up a holy unity. The entire structure is made of stone and wooden material comes from the near-by pine-tree woods. The mountain waters, the snow and the remoteness of the holly place built up a natural stronghold which affronted intruders from outside the stone walls of the monastery.
The Rila Monastery was found by Saint Ivan of Rila in the beginning of the 10th century. The place is about 1100m high above see level. About 1335 the local warlord Stefan Dragolova (Hrelyo) laid the foundations of the monastery. The complex comprises dwelling defending tower, and a small orthodox church. The only well preserved building from this past times is the Hrelyo-Tower. There is a small lovely chapel left on the highest floor of the tower with a very nice altar and wonderful wall paintings and icons.

In what ways are local residents actively involved in your innovation, including participation and community input? How has the community responded to or benefited from your approach?

The native people are actively included in society’s measures and helping in protecting of clean nature in the Park. In October 2007 was leaded an Eco-campaign for cleaning of territory of the Natural Park. 86 members of local tourist organization, students, and American people from Peace Corpus were included in the campaign.

Describe how your innovation helps travelers and local residents better understand the value of the area’s cultural and natural heritage, and educates them on local environmental issues. How do you motivate them to act responsibly in their future travel decisions?

The Rila – Monastery Natural Park is arranged with many different presentations of different themes and descriptions for the areas in the park. From 2000 to 2007 year are published many brochures for different kinds of routes, Eco-paths, maps and etc.
Yearly the Park is leading Eco-campaigns of cleaning and forestation in which the local people are joining actively.

Sustainability
Is your initiative financially and organizationally sustainable? If not, what is required to make it so? What is the potential demand for your innovation?

The Rila- Monastery Natural park is a state property.

How is your initiative currently financed? If available, provide information on your finances and organization that could help others. Please list: Annual budget, annual revenue generated, size of part-time, full-time and volunteer staff.

We have state-budget and people hwo works 8 hours every day for diferent ecological programs.

What is your plan to expand your approach? Please indicate where/how you would like to grow or enhance your innovation, or have others do so.

We want to promote our park. The beauty in Bulgaria are the Parks and the mountains.

What are the main barriers you encounter in managing, implementing, or replicating your innovation? What barriers keep your program from having greater impact?

Ther e is no barriers when you work about the Nature!

The Story
What is the origin of your innovation? Tell your story.

The origin is our profesional work and selfless about the goals!

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I have a 20 years old practise in the national and natural parks.

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The Rila – Monastery Natural Park is one of the largest in Bulgaria. It comprises 25 253, 2 hectares and is situated about 100km south of Sofia, in the Rila and Rhodope Mountains. The Park is a reserved territory with stable natural environment, healthy eco – systems and representatives plants, flora, and fauna.
The Rila Natural Park was established by a Decree (? ?? – 310) dated June 26th, 2000 by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. One of the main goals of this Directorate is to coordinate the activities of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (as an owner of the larger part of the Park) and the state institutions. Further on the Park should guarantee and preserve the unity between Nature and Rila Monastery, its rebirth as a spiritual and cultural center of the country.