Stop Motorway From Destroying Conservation Area

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Target: NCSIP Chief Executive Assen Antov

Goal: Stop motorway from cutting through conservation area and destroying the habitats of numerous species.

Construction of a motorway is being planned that will cut through a famous gorge that is a conservation area for a number of species. The Kresna Valley in Bulgaria is 11 miles long and is home to numerous unique species and migratory paths for others.

The proposed project would link Germany to Greece, and has been heralded as vital to tourism, trade and transport. The E.U. is offering grants of up to €1 billion for the motorway on the condition that an underground tunnel is also constructed. Proposals include the building of 11 bridges, 11 overpasses, seven dual tube tunnels, 59 concrete fortification walls and 10 supported slopes.

However, local people say it will cause a demographic upheaval as young people leave the area due to the damage to their local economy that the construction will cause. Conservationists are afraid that the road will be disastrous for rare birds like the golden eagle, griffon vulture and peregrine falcon, as well as bats, tortoises and large mammals such as the bears, wolves and jackals that use the pass as a migratory path. The National Museum of Natural History puts the number of species of flora and fauna that call the gorge home at more than 3,500, which includes species that are found nowhere else in Europe.

The long-term damage that this motorway will cause far outweighs the short-term economic benefit. Sign this petition and contest the construction of a motorway through this unique area.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Antov,

Proposals for the construction of a motorway through the Kresna valley should be rejected until a more environmentally sound highway plan is made. As it stands, the motorway will prove fatal for countless species of animals and plants, as well as potentially ruining the economy for the Kresna locals.

Although it may seem like the only option in harsh economic times, with the E.U. offering up to €1 billion for the project, the long-term effects of such an undertaking must be considered with the gravity that they deserve. Once these species–some of which are found nowhere else in Europe–have been killed off for the project, there is no way to bring them back. The government has as much of a duty to protect these ecological sites as it does to attempt to progress economically.

I urge you to contest the construction of this motorway through the fragile ecosystem in place in the Kresna gorge and to seriously consider other options.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kiril Kapustin

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