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October 29, 2013 -

Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria and Bulgarian Antarctic Institute (BAI) present a powerful exhibition “Travel to Livingston”

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Photos by Milena Marincheva and BAI narrate the journey of the Bulgarian Antarctic expedition and document the sustainable development of the Bulgarian Antarctic Research Base

An official inauguration of the exhibition and a presentation of Milena Marincheva’s book “Travel to Livingston” will take place on October 29th, starting at 18:00, at BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch, 2 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd. The event will be hosted by Mr. Hans Broucke – Country Head of BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch, Member of Management Board of Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria and Prof. Christo Pimpirev – Chairman of Bulgarian Antarctic Institute.

The Bulgarian Antarctic Institute (BAI) and Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria, with the support of Konica Minolta, introduce an impressive exhibition to give insight in the scientific expeditions to the ice continent and its nature.

Citizens and visitors of Sofia have the opportunity to glimpse into the Bulgarian Antarctic Base on Livingston Island from 30th of October to the 11th
of November in the building of BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch at 2 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd, from 09:00 to 18:00 each working day.

The photo story of the Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition captures the attention with powerful impressions from the scientists’ journey to the polar base “St.Kliment Ohridski”, undertaken to explore the processes in the main polar natural systems, its evolution and the greatest challenge of our time – climate change.

To facilitate the scientific research and to supply the Bulgarian Antarctic Base with sufficient sustainable energy, BNP Paribas pledged a valuable support to the Bulgarian researchers, in line with its global policy to contribute to sustainable development. The Foundation made a donation which financed the purchase of four arctic-tested, vertical “zero emission” windpower-generators. High-value batteries were donated by Monbat – a fast developing company which manufactures batteries for various applications. Special part of the exhibition documents their installation. This project had multiple effects on reinforcing the sustainable development of the Bulgarian Antarctic Base: reducing the usual costly and not environmentally friendly supply of fuel, improving the availability of the electricity for laboratory and communication equipment during the operating periods and thus enabling scientists to conduct various research projects.

About Bulgarian Antarctic Institute

Bulgaria – a consultative member of the Antarctic Treaty from 1998 – started its polar activities in Antarctica as early as 1967 with gathering valuable experience both in carrying out scientific research, the organization of the logistics in Antarctica and the protection of the nature in Antarctica. The Bulgarian Antarctic Institute (BAI) is nonprofit organization chaired by Prof. Christo Pimpirev – a scientist and Doyen of the Bulgarian Antarctic Program. BAI organizes the annual Bulgarian Antarctic Expeditions, collaborates with the Antarctic Programs of the other countries with rich experience in the investigation of Polar Regions and manages the Bulgarian Antarctic Base “St. Kliment Ohridski” at Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands.

About Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria

In order to formally consolidate and reinforce its longstanding engagement to development of corporate philanthropy programs in the country, BNP Paribas Bulgaria has launched in the end of 2010 a local foundation. The Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria was created in close cooperation with the BNP Paribas Foundation – the corner stone of the Group’s philanthropy initiatives for the past 30 years. The aim is to contribute to Bulgaria’s social and cultural development through strong and long-term partnerships not only in the areas of social solidarity, education, culture and environment.

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