In 2009, The Balkan Agency for Sustainable Development (BASD) based in Sofia, Bulgaria became the first Earth Charter Affiliate in Bulgaria and in the Balkan region. BASD is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of a knowledge-based economy, sustainable development, civil society, and social inclusion throughout the world. BASD is a part of a wide network of non-for-profit and research organizations, regional
agencies, governmental and other institutions in all Balkan and European countries, and in Central Asia and the Middle East. BASD’s mission is to foster the well-being of all human beings by promoting sustainable economic development, inter-cultural dialogue, and facilitating access to lifelong learning, especially in the developing nations of Western Balkans.
Having learned about the Earth Charter mission, vision and some of the activities, BASD decided to endorse the Charter and translated the Earth Charter text into the Bulgarian language. They also disseminated the ideas and principles of the Earth Charter in among their stakeholders.
In 2014, BASD carried out numerous activities where they introduced the Earth Charter, including six presentation in libraries around Bulgaria on the Earth Charter and sustainable development. The most significant Earth Charter related project BASD implemented is with the Municipality of Kovachevtsi titled “Bridging Resources for Ecological and Art-based Development (BREAD)”. The project supports cross-border (CB) cultural exchanges in the form of group trainings in baking bread. These activities serve to improve cultural relations between Bulgaria and Serbia, promote the exchange of experience and skills between youth and seniors, foster a sustainable lifestyle, and many other benefits. The Earth Charter was introduced during the initial phases of project implementation and serves as an ethical guide throughout.
In 2013, BASD carried out many activities and actions representing the Earth Charter in Bulgaria and in cooperation with European initiatives. BASD co-organized the Festival of Euromed Contemporary Arts: “Culture Versus Crises” in collaboration with partners from Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Montenegro and had the opportunity to present the Earth Charter during that festival in Radomir, Bulgaria. BASD also used the Earth Charter in its cross-national BREAD project, promoting cultural exchange and improving relations between Bulgaria and Serbia. BASD also presented the Earth Charter at a meeting of the LIST project in Luxembourg at the Public Research Center Henri Tudor. They also presented the Earth Charter at two separate meetings in Kovachevtsi, Bulgaria in 2013.