Conflict prevention and building of international understanding are of special importance in South Eastern Europe. The need for protection of shared natural values and the unique cross-border biodiversity offer a floor for cooperation of local communities and the border police.
The current project has a clear international scope involving target groups from Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia. Project activities cover the trilateral border zones which are characterized by outstanding biodiversity and landscape values. High mountain areas show an outstanding diversity of plant species, while the region is one of the last remaining retreats of large European carnivores, such as bear, wolf and lynx.
Project’s overall objective is to strengthen cross-border cooperation on nature conservation along the border zone between Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia.
• Increased biodiversity management capacities of stakeholders along the border zone of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.
• Cross-sectoral and international cooperation on biodiversity conservation strengthened.
• Increased awareness of key stakeholders and civil society on the natural heritage conservation.
• Project’s carbon footprint mitigated.
Project title: Capacity building and transboundary nature conservation along the South Eastern European Green Belt
Donor: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through The Federal Environment Agency.
Partners: BfN (German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation) and local partners – DEM Macedonia, REC Albania and REC Kosovo
Time frame: 19 October 2009 – 30 September 2010
Contact person: Tomasz Pezold, IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe
For the purpose of this article the name Kosovo has been used to refer to the territory under the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, established in 1999 by the UN Security Council resolution 1244; and the name Macedonia has been used to refer to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.