This year marks the 95th celebration of Forest Week – a celebration of the Foresters’ community, forest inspectors, guards and many employees and workers in the forest sector. The festive week is traditionally celebrated with lots of initiatives and entertainment for young and old alike enjoying the beauty of our forests.
These are the days when an objective evaluation is made of how and to what extent we are fulfilling our responsibility and obligations for the development and protection of our forests, whether the spirit of the reforestation festival of 1925 is being kept, whether Bulgaria continues to be the greenest in the Balkans.
This year is different. The times we are facing are difficult and do not allow people gatherings. Because of the anti-epidemic measures and the declared state of emergency in the country, the events and celebrations planned for Forest Week 2020 are postponed indefinitely. In spite of the difficult situation, all foresters continue to fulfil their duty and obligations.
As an alternative to all the cancelled events, on the occasion of Forest Week 2020, which traditionally takes place in the first full week of April, this year from 6 to 12 April, the Forest Executive Agency is challenging young people to write, draw and create art pieces about forest.
While at home, children can recall their experiences, emotions, events in the forest or use their imagination to get creative. The aim of the initiative is to encourage young people to share their emotions through creativity, as well as to focus on the forest and educating adolescents to love and care for nature. There are no age restrictions and no restrictions on the genre of the works.
Young nature lovers can send their stories, poems, essays or pictures of drawings, accompanied by their name, age, phone number, the city where they live and the school where they study, to by April 30, 2020.
In the autumn, all participants in the initiative will be given the opportunity to plant a tree, guided by foresters and forestry officials.
Address by eng. Miroslav Marinov – Executive Director of EFA on the occasion of the Forest Week 2020.