1975 Finished secondary musical school in Sofia. Summa cum laude.
1981 graduated High school of music (Bulgarian Conservatory), specialized
in multi-instrumental composing,
1970 - 1975 Attended a training course in field biology in the Palace
of Pioneers in Sofia under the guidance of the eminent teacher and
lecturer Mrs. Rakhila Melamed.
Qualified as an international expert on environmental and biodiversity
Publications in the field of ornithology: 26
1969 – 1985 Field-research assistant with the Bulgarian Academy
of Sciences Committee for the Protection of Nature.
1975 - 1977 Consultant with the Bulgarian Governmental Studio for
the Production of Popular Natural History films and documentaries.
1977 – 2001 Field research assistant with the Bulgarian Academy
of Sciences Institute of Ecology and Institute of Zoology: mid-winter
census of water birds and raptors; monitoring of autumn migration
of soaring birds along Via Pontica as well as many other projects,
some of which are listed below including international ones:
1978 Assistant researcher South eastern Bulgaria – Participated
in the searching of the last colony of the Griffon Vulture (Gyps
fulvus) in Rhodopi Mountains along with T. Michev, P. Yankov, V.
Pomakov and V. Stefanov.
1978-1983 Assistant with the Institute of Ecology field research
station “Atanasovsko Lake”
1970 – 1985 Research fellow, together with experts of the
Environmental Committee and the Institute of Ecology, carried out
detailed studies of the fauna of “Boatin” and “Tzarichina”
biosphere reserves as well the avifauna of the “Tissata”
and “Atanasovsko Lake” nature reserves.
1980 Participated in the exploration of the Republic of Croatia
Dalmatian Region wildlife together with Croatian ornithologists
Dr Mladen Krpan and Tzvetan Tzvetanich.
1990-1999 Observations of Sea birds and cetaceans during travels
in Western Mediterranean -Participated as a research fellow with
a scientific research expedition for the study of the distribution,
biology and numbers of the marine birds and cetaceans between France
and Corsica, while employed with the “SNCM-FERRYTERRANEE”,
the French National Ferry Company.
1992 Founded the NGO “Le Balkan-France” non-profit association
1992-2000 Developed international collaboration with Biological
Station “Tour du Valat” in France, Luxembourg League
for the Protection of Birds and Nature (LNVL), WWF-Italy, Federation
of Regional Conservatories “Espaces naturels de France”,
Biological Station “Kreis Wesel” in Germany, LRBPO,
FIR, BSBCP etc.
1995 Set up the Foundation “Le Balkan-Bulgaria” working
closely with “Le Balkan-France” for the implementation
of biodiversity conservation projects.
1996 till present leading numerous wildlife and birdwatching tours in Bulgaria, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Romania, Ukraine, Central Siberia, Corsica...
1999 Participated in a French evaluation feasibility study mission
in Belarus, as an expert on East European countries within the framework
of bilateral scientific cooperation for the development of eco-tourism
concept and twinning activities between the French Park of Voges
and Berezinsky Biosphere reserve.
1993 – 2000 Participation in different international conservation
and ecological meetings and conferences.
1996-1998 Involved on a fix-term basis as an expert to the international
conferences organized by MEDMARAVIS for the preparation of the draft
document and the publication of the Convention of Alghero for Coastal
and Marine Biodiversity of the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
1996 - 2001 Biodiversity projects: Supervisor in the International
service of the French Federation “Espaces naturels de France”.
Since 1998 till present - Head of the Conservation and Monitoring Programme for
the conservation of Dalmatian Pelican breeding colony in the Srebarna Biosphere
reserve within the framework of the MoEW / Swarovski Optik / Le
Balkan-Bulgaria / Tour du Valat joint activities.
- Radars observations on the Autumn Migration of the Soaring Birds;
- Field studies of the Norwegian Ornithofauna along with A.O. Folkestadt;
- Study on the dialect of birds songs and sounds;
- Drafting of scientific reports within the frame of the French
GEF(FFEM) biodiversity conservation project in Bulgaria;
- Organization and participation in evaluation missions within the
frame of the French GEF biodiversity conservation strategy on the
North and South Bulgarian Black Sea coast;
- Leading a feasibility study within the frame of the French GEF
biodiversity conservation project in Coastal Dobrudzha;
- Drafting Pelican Action plans 1988, 1999, 2000 and 2001 for monitoring
and conservation activities in the Srebarna Biosphere reserve;
- Collecting and analyzing preliminary baseline data for the preparation
of a Site Arrangement Plan for the protected area “Durankulak
- Drafting seven interim technical and financial reports within
the frame of the project “Protection et Valorisation des Ecosystèmes
en Dobroudja bulgare”, conducted by “Le Balkan-Bulgaria”
- Wildlife guide for foreign visitors
- Consulting assistance to the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve, Belarus
and different Bulgarian and French Tour-operators in elaborating
programmes for wildlife tours for foreign visitors
LANGUAGES: Good command of Bulgarian, Fluent French, Good English,
Russian and Croatian
PC; Windows, Word, Excel, CorelDraw
Date of Birth: 15 April 1956
Place of Birth: Sofia, Bulgaria
Nationality: Bulgarian, Italian
Address: 65, Ravno pole Str., 9670-Shabla, Bulgaria
Phone: Mobile: +359 887 30 87 53;
- Black Sea Division
Driving license: International “B” category
Marital Status: Married
Interests: Conservation & conservation ecology; birdwatching;
preservation of biodiversity; environmental preservation & health,
animal photography, ecotourism, composing music.
Over 20 Scientific articles in Bulgaria and Europe.
Country correspondent for Bulgaria for the 3rd and 4th Volumes -
Cramp, S. & Simmons, K.E.L. (eds) 1983-86. The Birds of the
Western Palearctic. Oxford.
Membership in Non-profit Organizations:
1992 - Le Balkan-France society – founding member and first
1992 – BSPB, member,
1995 - Le Balkan-Bulgaria Foundation – founding member and
1997 – Bulgarian Ornithological Society, member,
1997 - “Bulgarian Nature Conservancy – Dobrudja”
- founding member,
1995 - CEEP (Conservatoire Etude et Ecosystemes de Provence) member,
1995 - LRBPO – member,
1995 - “Association des Amis du Parc Naturel de la Corse »,
1995 – NOS OISEAUX, member,
1999 - Société Nationale pour la Protection de la
C. Crepin – World Bank,
R. Gouin – FFEM (French GEF)
M. Bigan - French Ministry of ecology and sustainable development,
M. Michaylov – Ministry of environment and water (BG),
G. Handrinos – Greek Ministry of Agriculture,
E. Iddle, C. Lefebvre – EUROSITE,
D. Beguin, B. Mounnier, M. Delmas - “Espaces Naturels de France”,
P. Bazin - Conservatoire du Littoral (France),
M. Maurry, O. Patrimonio - ECOSPHERE / LIFE-Nature projects (Paris),
P. Beaubrun - EPHE / Montpellier, President of “Le Balkan-France”,
M. Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Prime Minister of R. of Bulgaria (2002-2005)
T. Salathé - Regional Coordinator for Europe / Ramsar convention,
Dr L. Hoffmann, J. P. Tarris, A. Crivelli, Ch. Perennou –
Biologique Station « Tour du Valat » (Fr),
A. Bardi, A. Canu, P. Pelusi - WWF-Italy,
Dr. P. Beron, N. Spassov – National Natural History Museum
Guy Jarry - National Natural History Museum (Paris),
J.C. Génot - Parc des Vosges (France),
J. Mooij – Biological Station « Kreis Wesel »
N. Chipev, T. Michev – CLGE (Institut of Ecology –Sofia),
S. Blangy – SECA (France),
Ch. Leservoisier – Atalanta (F),
E. Melchior, P. Lorgé – LNVL (Lëtzebuerger Natur
- a Vulleschutzliga),
R. Arnhem, J. Rodts - Ligue Royale Belge pour la Protection des
M. Terrasse – LPO/FIR (Fr),
N. Spassov, B. Mihova, K. Georgiev – Wilderness Fund