Sofia. Source: Focus Information Agency
Tougher control is needed in protected areas, but visitors should also be responsible, said Stefan Kirilov, chief expert at Rila National Park Directorate, referring to the established breaches to the park regulations during the filming of an episode of the Running Wild series with Bear Grylls and Derek Hough. He said the park wardens who accompanied the crew did not see any violations during the two shooting days in 2017 – they were only established after a Facebook tip was submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Water to the MOEW. “Their permit stated that the filming of the documentary on the territory of Rila National Park would take place in the area of the Musala part, forbidding entry into the reserve zone, in this case – the Central Rila Reserve. It is obvious that the regulations and rules of conduct in the protected area had been broken,” Kirilov said, adding that the Rila National Park Directorate has issued notices of administrative penalty for the three established violations to the responsible Bulgarian legal entity with possible fines of between BGN 1,000 and 10,000. He further said that at the moment an investigation is underway, ordered by Minister Neno Dimov.
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