GOALS AND TASKS

Article 6. The foundation has the following goals:
1/. To preserve the work of Professor Vladimir Yordanov Popov - a prominent Bulgarian Geographer and founder of the modern Karst science in Bulgaria;
2/. To continue the development of the scientific ideas of Professor Vladimir Popov; 3/. To support the development of karst studies and research in Bulgaria, ecology and sustainable development of karst regions;
4/. To educate students and society in the field of karst science, ecology and sustainable development of karst regions;
5/. To offer nature-protectective and nature-preservation initiatives in the fields of ecology and sustainable development in karst regions in Bulgaria.

Article 7. In order to achieve these goals, the Foundation implements the following basic tasks:
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4/. Organizing and supporting complex investigations, including expeditions in karst regions in Bulgaria and abroad;
5/. Establishing and maintenance of contacts and experience exchange with specialists in similar organizations and institutions in Bulgaria and abroad;
6/. Entering into agreements of collaboration between Bulgarian and international organizations in the area of karst science, ecology and sustainable development of karst regions;
7/. Participation in international organizations and events;
8/. Offering methodological, organizational and other help to cave (speleological) clubs in Bulgaria as well as the Bulgarian Speleological Federation;

Article 8. The Foundation reaches its goals and tasks through the implementation of the following activities:
1/. Coordination of projects; research work and application of its results into practice; information provision and dissemination; popularization activities - educational activity; nature-protection activity; law-protective activity;
2/. Consultation of projects in the area of karst science, ecology and sustainable development of karst regions in Bulgaria and abroad;
3/. Evaluation of karst geosystems and models of sustainable development in karst regions in Bulgaria and abroad;
4/. Offering help in the development, adaptation and application of modern methods and equipment in karst research;
5/. Organizing educational lectures and expeditions with students (elementary, high school and university) as well as other people in the caves facilitated for public visit in typical karst regions;
6/. Additional economic activity - specialized publishing activity and circulation of publications; designing and mapping; expert reports and advertisement; management and mediation; organization of training courses and programs; specialized tourist services, development and protection of karst objects with a view to their rational use.

From the Constituent Act of the Foundation
(approved on 22.12.1998, revised on 12.12.2002)



RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Priority topics:

The Foundation carries out joint research program with the Institute of Geography of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (since 2010 the Department of Geography of the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography - BAS) by virtue of the Cooperation Agreement concluded on 23 November 1999. Close cooperation and active partnership is maintained with the Experimental Laboratory of Karstology in NIGGG-BAS.



PARTNERSHIP IN PROJECTS, SCIENTIFIC FORUMS AND EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES

Projects: Scientific forums: Educational initiatives:

PUBLISHING WORK

Series of RESEARCH WRITINGS ON KARSTOLOGY: Published:



FOR CONTACTS:

FOUNDATION . CENTER OF KARSTOLOGY "VLADIMIR POPOV" 
1113 - Sofia, Bulgaria 
NIGGG -  BAS
Acad. Georgi Bonchev str., block 3
Petar Stefanov - Executive director
 Tl.: (+359 2) 979 33 75  
-mail: vp_found@abv.bg


ABOUT Professor Vladimir Popov

Professor Vladimir Popov was born and grew up in Stara Zagora, the city of lyricists and romantics. It was not accidental that he chose Geography for his life dedication: it is an unfathomable science about the world in which we live, about its variety and its driving forces. He focused his research efforts to Geomorphology, which studies the complex interactions forming the Earths visage and its secrets. His geomorphologic interest brought him to the underground karst castles and he remained in a life-long captivity of caves and their still splendor.

Prof. Vl. Popov was a researcher of great creative energy; he had a romantic, and even sometimes adventurous spirit. More than 60 years he studied actively the miraculous cave morpho-sculpture. At the same time, using his talent of taleteller and artist, he created a community of the underground beauty admirers, from children, to people of advanced ages.

Under his pen a series of emotional and lyrical descriptions of the Bulgarian cave pearls was born. Those include the caves of Ledenika, Saeva dupka, Snejanka, Bacho Kiro, Magurata, Dyavolsko garlo, Gradeshnica cave. These descriptions are saturated by love and adoration to the Nature-sculpturer, but also by deep anxiety about Cave world, which is defenseless to Mans aggression.

As a mythical champion, prof. Vladimir Popov distributed generously sparks from his never-dying love to caves. This love was inherently with him when his eyes closed forever. Quietly, he immersed into the silence of Eternity, to which his spirit yearned. But he left to us the embers of his love

THE RESEARCHER AND SCIENTIST VLADIMIR POPOV

BIOGRAPHY
07.03.1912 - born in the village of Gostilya (Pleven district)
1935 - graduated from the Sofia University, speciality "geographer"
1936-1955 - geography teacher in the Exemplary Trade Secondary School,
1944-1945 - participated in the first phase of the Patriotic War against Germany
1955-1975 - worked as a researcher in the Institute
1955-1976 of Geography, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
(since 1955 - geomorphology researcher, since 1965 - Assoc. Professor)
1975-1998 - as a pensioner continued his active research work and expert activity
19.09.1998 - died in Sofia

REWARDS
  • The Order "Cyril and Methodius" (1973)
  • The UIS Gold Medal (1974)
  • The "Aleko Konstantinov" Medal
  • A Medal for Distinguished Service Rendered to the Bulgarian Tourist Union (1982)
  • "Golden Bat" of the Bulgarian Federation of Speleology (1976, 1982)
  • Honorary member of the Bulgarian Geographical Society
  • Honored scientist of the Bulgarian Tourist Union

  • PUBLICATIONS:

    Publications on Karst Studies:


    Complete Bibliographic List

    Publications on Protected Areas:


    Complete Bibliographic List on Protected Areas

    PUBLICATIONS ABOUT VLADIMIR POPOV:

    MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS OF PROF. VLADIMIR POPOV TO THE BULGARIAN KARSTOLOGY: