POPULATION: 274 000
Burgas is the fourth largest city in Bulgaria, located on the Black Sea Coast, at the eastern border of the European Union. The city is surrounded by water – to the east, by the Black Sea, and to the north, west and south, by the three seaside lakes Burgas, Atanasovsko and Mandrensko.
Other natural features are Burgas' sandy beaches, air "highways" of migrating birds, the Strandzha natural park and the Burgas Mineral Springs, one of the oldest springs with water temperature of 41.5°C. About 20% of the municipality’s land area is protected due to its impressive biodiversity and as a sanctuary for endangered species of migrating birds, fish and mammals.
A retreat from city life
along the Black Sea coast
In Burgas, the GoGreenRoutes team will implement a 10km-long route connecting the three lakes of the city's wetland complex, one of the most significant complexes for congregations of waterfowl along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Currently, routes between the lakes exist but have lost their natural features.
Green connections will be re-established through the construction of walkways, bicycle lanes and the rehabilitation of an existing but abandoned railway. Measures will include reforestation and the provision of recreational spaces for people to explore the city in a sustainable, healthier way.
Residents will have the possibility to retreat from city life, observe nature and watch local wild birds without leaving Burgas.
Additionally, GoGreenRoutes will work on reshaping the spatial planning of the area and involving citizens in stakeholder engagement activities.