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Albena Simeonova: 1996 Goldman Prize winner, Bulgaria

Albena Simeonova (born 1964) is a Bulgarian environmental activist. She is a key figure in the opposition to the Bulgarian Belene nuclear power plant.


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Education / Profession

Albena Simenove studied at the Sofia University specializing in Biology and Chemistry. She postgraduated with work in Ecology. She spent several years teaching at the secondary school level. From 1991 she worked as Senior Ecologist for the Botevgrad council administration.

She served as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Ecological Education and Training in Sofia from 1994–1996, this was next to serving as the Vice chair of the Bulgarian Green Party.

Environmental Activities

Albena Simenova was one of the first members of the Bulgarian Ekoglasnost environmental organisation in 1987. She founded the Bulgarian Green Party in 1991.

In 1996 Simeonova co-founded the Bulgarian Green Federation.

Death Threats

Her protest activities lead to serious threats. Starting 16 December 2004, Albena received the first of many anonymous telephone calls threatening to kill her if she would not stop her cooperation with Greenpeace and her resistance against Belene Nuclear Power Plant.

The death threats triggered an international cyberaction in support of Albena's safety which was supported by Greenpeace in cooperation with Bankwatch, Friends of the Earth Europe, WISE, ELAW and the Goldman Foundation. It resulted in police protection. Additional private protection was organised with support from the Goldman Foundation and Greenpeace.

Awards and honors

She was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1996 for her initiatives to address environmental issues in Bulgaria.

In 1997 she received the UNEP Environmental Prize


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