06 May 2024

Written by

Giulia Lodi

The fight against a new incinerator – A story of activism in Sofia

Za Zemiata

After an eight-year legal battle, Sofia’s court has halted plans for a new waste incinerator. The decision underscores the importance of public participation, accurate data, and thorough health and environmental assessments in urban development.

The court highlighted deficiencies in public involvement, health risk assessments, waste data accuracy, and air quality impact analysis. Danita Zarichinova from the Bulgarian organisation ZaZemiata provides insights into key milestones of the battle.

This victory showcases the power of grassroots activism and the imperative of evidence-based decision-making in protecting communities and the environment.