Silva Balcanica 21(1): 69-76, doi: 10.3897/silvabalcanica.21.e54698
Assessment of Public Awareness of the Forestry Sector: Biodiversity, Certification and Ecosystem Services in Velingrad Municipality
expand article infoIvan Tsvetkov, Ivan Atanassov, Krasimir Rusanov
‡ AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria
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The purpose of this study was to survey the current public awareness in Velingrad Municipality in terms of biodiversity preservation, certification and ecosystem services in the regional forestry sector. The answers to the questions related to the biodiversity and ecosystem services showed good aware- ness and a very positive attitude of respondents regarding the need for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity as well as the improvement of ecosystem services. According to the conducted surveys, the awareness concerning the certification and standards in the local forestry sector as well as the regional NATURA 2000 protected sites was still weak or lacking.

Questionnaire, Forestry sector, FSC, NATURA 2000, Velingrad Municipality