Wednesday 20 September 2006
Information from the updated Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe website: The Dinaric-Pindos mountains that run down the western edge of the Balkan peninsula from Slovenia to Greece contain the second largest populations of bears and wolves in Europe, as well as the highly endangered Balkan lynx (often regarded as an own subspecies). This year a number of new research and conservation projects have started that should greatly improve their conservation outlook.
Firstly, the Research Council of Norway has awarded 450.000 euro to a four year (2006-2009) project led by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) that will focus on bears and lynx in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania and Macedonia.
Secondly, the Swiss MAVA foundation have awarded a grant to KORA and Euronatur to develop a lynx conservation project in Albania and Macedonia.
Thirdly, Slovenia and Croatia have secured a grant from the EU's Interreg program to develop a conservation plan for lynx.
When combined these projects, which are being coordinated, will greatly improve the the capacity of regional actors and improve our knowledge of the major conservation issues facing large carnivores in the region.