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Concrete crawls into another Natura 2000 area in Bulgaria

Date: 30.06.2008

A luxury vacation spa complex near the mountain resort village of Ribaritza, close to the town of Teteven and 132 km west of Sofia, is beginning to appear despite the region is included in the Natura 2000 programme of the EU.

A total of 47 decares of centuries-old forest are being already cleared off for the concrete complex to appear on the spot, despite the region must be a protected habitat.

Investor in the project is Spanish real estate company Marina d'Or and the local representative is businessman Tzvetomir Lazarov.

The planned Old Ribaritza Complex will include 833 high-class vacation apartments located along the Ribaritza River close to the village with the same name.

In order for such a project to be allowed, an expertise assessment of the harm to the nature must be made but according to Trud, the assessment present was made regarding only 12 decares of the whole area, which is a common loophole used by investors willing to build in Bulgaria's protected areas.

"This project is insanity. We now have difficulties with the water supply in the summer, but what will happen if 3,000 more people start living here," a local says.

The first apartments are expected to be ready by 2010 and the marketing envisages massive advertising in all 22 countries where Marina d'Or has offices.

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