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Human imprint relates to the process of nature antropogenization, which produces two types of results: an antropogenized environment (influenced by the humans) and antropogenic environment (created by humans). One example of environment created entirely by humans will be land reclaimed from the sea. In reality, our surroundings are almost entirely antropogenized because human interference is ubiquitous.
What is a biodiversity hotspot? It stands for a bio-geographical region with concentration of biodiversity that endangered by human activity. Only 38 sites worldwide are biodiversity hotspots and just 3 of them are in Europe. Bulgaria is located inside one such hotspot due to its favourable climatic conditions. Species of the Lopen genus used for healing purposes can only be found here.
The nature protection organization WWF Bulgaria produced the mobile application Save the Forest that allows citizens to send illegal logging reports. It functions since 2020 and in the past few months over 50 reports of illegal activity in the woods or suspicions of irregular transportation of timber were submitted through it. Yana Barzova, the Forests expert of WWF Bulgaria presented the opportunities for civic activism in protecting forests. The app is for Android and can be downloaded from Google play store.