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Sozopol Foundation


About Sozopol Foundation

Sozopol Foundation is a non-governmental organization, established in 2002 by Kiril Arnautski. Since September 2011 the Foundation is a member of the non-governmental organizations sector of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The objectives of the Foundations, stated in its Statute, are:
“Development and fostering of spiritual values; assistance to social integration and personal fulfilment of the disabled and people who need care; protection of human rights; environment protection; preservation and promotion of cultural heritage”.

These objectives are implemented through:

  • Organization and implementation of conservation and restoration works of immovable cultural valuables completely preserved on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria by methods and technologies used in the world practice;
  • Organization and implementation of conservation of archaeological sites with architectural structures revealed upon field studies;
  • Participation in the socialization process of the immovable cultural valuables conserved and restored by Sozopol Foundation – assistance in making them sites of cultural tourism, their promotion and tourists’ attendance;
  • Implementation of initiatives for development of cultural tourism, ecotourism, rural tourism and any other types of tourism. Development and implementation of projects related to protection and management of cultural heritage, protection of nature and ecological balance;
  • Educational activities related to cultural heritage;
  • Organization and conduct of courses in cultural monuments management with lecturers specialists in the field of monument research, protection and socialization;
  • Organization and conduct of training in compliance with the requirements of the European Union and according to the relevant standards and directives on conservation and restoration of immovable cultural valuables;
  • Assistance in the organization and conduct of summer schools for students and PhDs on practical training during field archaeological studies and conservation and restoration works of immovable cultural valuables;
  • Museum activity;
  • Assistance in publishing of scientific and popular science works on the cultural heritage of Bulgaria.

The activities of Sozopol Foundation are carried out in close cooperation with state and municipal institutions, scientific and other professional state and private Bulgarian and foreign organizations, related NGOs.

Sozopol Foundation have considerable experience in initiating, preparing and implementing projects – national and cross-border projects, projects on cultural heritage protection, funded by European programmes, where the Foundation is both beneficiary and partner. The sites are located not only in Sozopol and its surroundings, but also throughout the country.

Here are some of the Foundation’s accomplishments:

  • Sozopol Foundation is the first Bulgarian non-governmental organization adopted on February 3, 2012 as a consultative partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • Sozopol Foundation is one of the ten members of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee with NGOs from all over the world, elected for a second term at the end of 2014. The Foundation is responsible for the coordination of Eastern European nongovernmental organizations in partnership with UNESCO.
  • Sozopol Foundation is a member of the League of Historical and Accessible Cities, a project of the European Foundation Centre in Brussels, Belgium. Thanks to the projects implemented by The Foundation, Sozopol is one of the six cities in Europe adopted by the League.
  • Thanks to the active work for the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and presenting Architectural and Historic Complex with a museum collection Southern Fortress Wall and Tower in the town of Sozopol, Sozopol Foundation is the first Bulgarian organization received the prestigious Destinations Award of WTTC.

Sozopol Foundation