STEP – the Society for Territorial and Environmental Prosperity is a Bulgarian non-governmental organization working in public benefit, established on 14.01.2014. Our work is open and inclusive for new partners and participants with ideas and desire to contribute to achieving the objectives of our society.

Our long-term goals are to contribute to:

  1. Sustainable territorial and environmental development of rural areas and rural economy;

  2. Protection of natural resources and biodiversity by creating and promoting conditions for sustainable use of natural resources;

  3. Introduction and implementation of training and education on sustainable territorial and environmental development, including training the trainers and new teaching methods;

  4. Capacity building of stakeholders for sustainable territorial and environmental development, by raising awareness and improving the knowledge of local communities and farmers;

  5. Diversification of agricultural production and systems, including by promoting innovative practices and partnerships;

  6. Provision of expertise for analyses, studies, evaluations, assessments and proposals related to the development of sustainable rural and regional development policy;

  7. Provision of information and consultations on agriculture, environment, social and regional development policies.


The STEP team is formed by experts with long-term experience in the field of rural development and environmental protection, and the related policies. Each of us is an active participant and states openly her/his professional position, while respecting the opinion of and seeking effective communication and interaction with partners and stakeholders from rural development and environmental protection sectors. As a team:

  • We believe that the prosperity of society is based on the wise use of natural resources of the territory, we inhabit;

  • We are convinced that pragmatic and mutually beneficial solutions can be achieved only with the participation of all members of the community;

  • We aware that finding the key to good decisions requires time and effort of many different layers of society.