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A workshop about the beginning of the EU Project “NATURA 2000 – Tryezë pune për fillimin e Projektit të BE “NATURA 2000″

Ministry of Environment and Spatial Plannin of Kosovo organized a workshop in Prishtina, Ismail Hetemaj head of Nature Protection Division from the mentioned above Ministry, was the coorganizer of the workshop, with the help of TAIEX. There were two experts from the EU, Sissi Samec, Consultant Environment & Development and Ludomila Popova, Consultant: Environmental Law and Management. There were participants from different departments and NGO-s such as, environment, University and Finch the organization for protection of birds and animals.
What is Natura 2000?
In May 1992 European Union governments adopted legislation designed to protect the most seriously threatened habitats and species across Europe. This legislation is called the Habitats Directive and complements the Birds Directive adopted in 1979. At the heart of both these Directives is the creation of a network of sites called Natura 2000. The Birds Directive requires the establishment of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) for birds. The Habitats Directive similarly requires Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) to be designated for other species, and for habitats. Together, SPAs and SACs make up the Natura 2000 series. All EU Member States contribute to the network of sites in a Europe-wide partnership from the Canaries to Crete and from Sicily to Finnish Lapland.
Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are classified under the Birds Directive to help protect and manage areas which are important for rare and vulnerable birds because they use them for breeding, feeding, wintering or migration.
Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are classified under the Habitats Directive and provide rare and vulnerable animals, plants and habitats with increased protection and management.

Ministria e Mjedisit dhe Planifikimit Hapësinor organizoi një tryezë pune një ditore duke shfrytëzuar asistencën teknike nga TAIEX për dizajnimin e Zonave të Veçanta të Mbrojtura dhe propozimin e Vendeve me Interes për Komunitetin.
Ç’eshte Natura 2000?
Në maj te vitit1992 qeverite e Bashkimit Evropian miratuan legjislacionin, i cili synon mbrojtjen e habitateve dhe specjeve qe jane seriozisht të kërcënuar ne mbare Evropën. Ky legjislacion është quajtur Direktiva e habitateve dhe plotësohet me Direktiven e Zogjëve e cila u miratua në vitin 1979. Qellimi i të dyja këtyre Direktivave është krijimi i një rrjeti të vendeve (siteve) të quajtur Natura 2000. Direktiva e Zogjëve kërkon krijimin e Zonave te Mbrojtura me Rendesi te Veçanta (SPA-ve), për zogje. Direktiva e habitateve kërkon në mënyrë të ngjashme Zonat e Veçanta të Konservimit (SACs) të jenë të caktuara për lloje dhe habitate tjera. Së bashku, SPAte dhe SACs përbëjnë serite e Natures 2000. Të gjitha Shtetet Anëtare të BE kontribojnë në faqet e rrjetit me një partneritet të gjerë Evropian nga Canariet në Kretë, Sicili dhe deri në Laplanden finlandeze.
Zonat e Mbrojtura me Rendesi te Veçant (SPAte) janë klasifikuar sipas Direktivës se Zogjëve per të ndihmuar në mbrojtjen dhe menaxhimin e zonave të cilat janë të rëndësishme për shpendët e rralle dhe të rrezikuar, për shkak se ata, pra zogjte i shfrytezojne ato për kultivim, ushqim, dimërim apo shtegetim.
Zonat e Veçanta të Konservimit (SACs) janë klasifikuar sipas Direktivës se habitateve dhe u japin kafshëve të rralla dhe të rrezikuara, bimëve dhe habitateve mbrojtje, rritje dhe menaxhim te duhur.

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A conference with national and local media was held at NGO “FINCH” office in Prizren

The main aim of the conference was the activities of Finch all during the year 2013, particularly about the projects our organization implemented successfully. The project of Sharr/Sharr Planina-Korab was so important and it also values so much about gaining new experiences. Also the Pilot Project of “Limthi” was a real success of the event. It also was important the project of  Baseline survey of lynx the first phase so we are expecting the second phase camera trapping in the following year 2014.

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In this link you can wach a video of the event: http://youtu.be/rlfnehbVMJM

 

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A documentary made by national TV KTV about Finch activities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut95kUHhNyE

EURONATUR and FINCH inaugurated Camping LIMTHI in Kosova

 

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Proposal for a pilot project for improvement of basic touristic infrastructure and awareness raising among pupils and teachers for biodiversity and natural values of Sharr National Park

  1. Regional context

Part of the territory of Sharr Mountains as a spatial integrity which is characterized by natural values and rarities, with a large surface area of important forest ecosystem and alpine pastures, with the number of endemic and relict species, with rich geomorphologic and hydrological features. These features greatly contribute to the scientific, cultural, historical, sportive, touristic value and potential. Recreational activities and tourism can contribute greatly to the economic development of the Dragash Municipality in the recently proclaimed enlargement area of the Sharr National Park.

The National Park “Mali Sharri” covers a surface of 53.469 ha and it lies in the territory of: Kaçanik, Shtrpce, Suhareka, Prizren and Dragash municipalities along the borders with Macedonia and Albania. Recently, Kosovo Government proclaimed the enlargement of the existing National Park “Mali Sharr”. About 20.000 ha belonging to Dragash Municipality are now included in the National Park. Together with the neighboring protected areas of Mavrovo NP (Macedonia) and Korab-Koritnik Nature Park it could constitute the largest protected area in South-Eastern Europe, once a transboundary protected area becomes reality.

On the other hand, the huge potential for a sound rural tourism remains largely unexplored and unused in Sharr National Park. Nonetheless, it could provide an important livelihood for local communities and substitute more unsustainable sources of income in the near future. In order to make this happen, actions have to be taken to improve basic touristic infrastructure and information about accommodation and local produce needs to be distributed to visitors. This was recently agreed by local stakeholders from all three neighboring countries in the joint vision for a transboundary protected area Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab, signed on 5 July 2013 in Brod in Sharr National Park. In the Joint Vision, the importance to identify places of touristic value, the improvement of capacities and touristic infrastructure have been determined as key factors for the sustainable economic development of the region.

The project proposal at hand directly addresses the issue of improvement of basic capacities and touristic infrastructure at one defined place in close vicinity to the National Park boundary: Camp Limthi – field basis of NGO Finch’s bird watching activities. By implementing the proposed measures, the attractiveness for hikers and visitors can be largely improved and information on the natural values of the Sharr National Park can be provided directly to visitors through the installation of information panels. In the future, Camp Limthi as a spot for resting, teaching and research can be connected easily to a transboundary hiking trail Popova Shapka – Sharr National Park – Camp Limthi – Prizren. The establishment of Transboundary hiking trails is another cornerstone of the development of a gentle tourism that was agreed in the Joint Vision in Brod. By creating a spot for information on natural values along with touristic facilities (water fountain, picknick benches) we can directly address this goal and increase the attractiveness of a future transboundary hiking trail Popova Shapka – Sharr National Park – Camp Limthi – Prizren.

Another important component is an awareness raising programme for teachers and pupils from the Dragash Municipality because the natural values of Sharr National Park are not enough promoted at present. By developing and implementing lessons for pupils and training for teachers on the spot in Camp Limthi, knowledge about biodiversity and endangered species can be multiplied by giving specific lessons on Golden Eagle, Brown Bear and Balkan lynx directly in the mountain environment where they occur.

 

  1. 2.      Project Goals

The first goal (Goal 1) is improvement of basic touristic infrastructure at Camp Limthi close to the boundaries of Sharr National Park. Camp Limthi could be connected in the future to a transboundary hiking trail “Popova Shapka – Sharr National Park – Camp Limthi – Prizren” as an important destination for resting and environmental education.

The second goal (Goal 2) is directly related to Goal 1 by using the improved Camp Limthi as a location for educating pupils and teachers about the natural values of Sharr National Park and thus raising their environmental awareness. Teachers will act as multipliers of the knowledge because they can pass on their knowledge, e.g. in Biology lessons, once they are back at their schools.

  1. 3.      Expected Results

Goal 1 directly addresses the Joint Vision of a Transboundary Protected Area “Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab” by improving basic touristic capacities and infrastructure and by creating a spot for resting and environmental education along a possible future transboundary hiking trail from Macedonia to Prizren. Hence, Goal 1 contributes to a sustainable economic development by improving the basis for a transboundary hiking tourism.

Goal 2 addresses the need to improve the awareness about biodiversity and the natural values of Sharr National Park among the local population, i.e. pupils. By improving their knowledge and awareness the biodiversity can be protected more effectively. In addition, training teachers will be carried out thus multiplying the knowledge about biodiversity and natural values of Sharr National Park

  1. 4.      Description of the action

Goal 1: Improvement of basic touristic infrastructure at Camp Limthi

1.1. Construction of a fountain with concrete basin 1m3 as basic water supply for the camp

1.2. Construction of a frost-proof water supply from feeder springs to camp site by excavating a trench to lay a pipe in the ground (150m3 excavation)

1.3. Installation of picnic facilities at 2 different sites at Camp Limthi by setting up 2 wooden benches and 1 wooden table at each site

1.4. Installation of 3 information boards (Balkan lynx, birds, Sharr National Park) as a tool for informing visitors about biodiversity

Goal 2: Raising awareness about biodiversity and natural values of Sharr National Park by implementing a teaching unit for pupils and a seminar for teachers

2.1   Develop and implement a teaching unit about biodiversity in Sharr NP at a Primary High Schools in Blaq, Dragash. Students from this school, especially classes of 6 and 8 will be included in the project and they will have classes about the importance of biodiversity of Sharr National Park, its natural characteristics and the process of expansion of the National Park, recently approved by the Assembly of Kosovo.

2.2   Develop and implement a seminar about biodiversity and natural values of Sharr National Park for biology teachers from Dragash Municipality as multipliers of knowledge

  1. 1.      Time plan

The project duration is from July 2013 to November 2013.

Activities Description

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Goal 1  

 

 

 

 

 

Action 1.1.1. Construction of a fountain with concrete basin 1m3

 

 

 

 

 

Action 1.1.2. Construction of a concrete feeder basin 1,5m3

 

 

 

 

 

Action 1.1.2. Excavation of trench for water pipe 300m long, 150m3 earth excavated

 

 

 

 

 

Action 1.1.3. Covering of pipe in trench with earth 150m3 and leveling the surface

 

 

 

 

 

Action 1.1.4. Purchase of 4 wooden picnic benches

 

 

 

 

 

Action 1.1.5. Purchase of 2 wooden picnic tables

 

 

 

 

 

Action 1.1.6. Transport of picnic benches and picnic tables Prizren – Camp Limthi

 

 

 

 

 

Action 1.1.7. Design of information boards (Balkan lynx, birds, Sharr National Park)

 

 

 

 

 

Action 1.1.8. Purchase of information boards (Balkan lynx, birds, Sharr National Park)

 

 

 

 

 

Action 1.1.9. Transport of information boards Prizren – Camp Limthi

 

 

 

 

 

Goal 2  

 

 

 

 

 

Objective 2.1. Awareness raising among pupils

 

 

 

 

 

Action 2.1.1. Development of teaching unit Balkan lynx, brown bear, golden eagle, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Action 2.1.2. 2 single-day excursions with pupils to Camp Limthi and implementation of teaching unit

 

 

 

 

 

Objective 2.2. Awareness raising among biology teachers as multipliers of knowledge

 

 

 

 

 

Action 2.2.1. Development of a seminar for biology teachers

 

 

 

 

 

Action 2.2.2. 2 single-day seminars at Camp Limthi

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Reporting Produce final activity report

 

 

 

 

 


  1. 2.      Sustainability of the action

This pilot project (PP) has two goals for achieving environmental sustainability. The PP has been developed to update, integrate and expand the area strategies, such as the Joint Vision for a Transboundary Protected Area “Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab” to ensure effective implementation of the community’s vision related to development of a sustainable tourism (Eco-tourism) and awareness raising.

Sustainable tourism development in the region could bring new employment opportunities and new sources of income, thus mitigating the economic reasons for the current exodus of mountain populations.

The label of a ‘trilateral transboundary protected area of exceptional natural values and sustainable tourism development’ as well as ‘the largest protected area in South-Eastern Europe’, where large animal such as Balkan lynx, brown bear and wolves have still survived, could provide for the ‘unique selling point’ for the local or regional tourist packages, increase the tourist attractiveness of the region, facilitate the broad recognition of the region and marketing of the regional tourist product abroad, and help mitigate the adverse effects of the negative stereotypes still common among some Europeans, resulting from the past armed ethnic conflicts.

The Camp Limthi of NGO “Finch” is just at the boundary of Sharr National Park, so it is among the best preserved mountain places in Kosovo. Members of our organizations and others from other NGOs provide their support for these activities. KFOR base in Prizren also highly wants to help Finch in arranging facilities for camping for birdwatching and research as well as resting for visitors. Therefore they provided us with three military containers that are sufficient to fulfill our necessary activities such as bird-watching and the spotting of other wild animals, exploring for different types of plants including those of rare ones around the NP.

Camp Limthi provides a unique resting site located at the boundary of Sharr National Park. Camp Limthi thus lies on an imaginary axis that could in the future connect via a transboundary hiking trail Popova Shapka in Macedonia (only 6km away) to Camp Limthi, Sharr National Park and later on to Prizren with world reknown cultural heritage. Camp Limthi provides drinking water year around thus making this place especially attractive for hikers. At the same time there are great views over the valley and visitors could be informed specifically about biodiversity and natural values of Sharr National Park. Presently, this kind of offer is largely missing in the area. Once Camp Limthi is developed as a site for resting and environmental education it can improve the overall attractiveness of a hiking trail because it is located at a strategically important location.

There are various rare birds living around Camp Limthi and the most endangered one is the golden eagle, there are also other birds present here which are worth mentioning such as the night jar which is a migratory bird, and also there are the wild animals living around our camp such as: Balkan lynx , brown bear, fox, wild boar, roe deer, red deer, chamois, a lot of different insects including butterflies, etc.

Hence, Camp Limthi is an especially suitable site for awareness raising and education about biodiversity and natural value of Sharr National Park. The three containers provided by KFOR provide an excellent infrastructure for teaching units for pupils and seminars for biology teachers. The target group for teaching units on biodiversity are pupils from the region. Special units will be developed to spread knowledge about the most endangered species Golden Eagle, Balkan lynx and Brown bear right at the site where they can be found. A seminar will be developed for biology teachers who will later act as multipliers of the knowledge thus adding to the sustainability of the action and increasing acceptance of a Protected Area among the local communities.

  1. 3.      Pictures of the site

Picture 1: Three containers donated by KFOR to improve facilities at Camp Limthi

Picture 2: View from Camp Limthi over the valley

Picture 3: Currently improvised water supply

Picture 4: Location of the feeder springs 300m from Camp Limthi

Picture 5: Proposed location for the future fountain and concrete basin

Picture 6: Non frost-proof PVC water pipe presently connecting feeder springs and improvised water supply

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Thank you GIZ and EURONATUR for helping finch at this camp, it will be a good place for hikers relaxing here for a couple of minutes or they may have a night with their own companions but always inform Finch before they come.
Email: ngofinch@yahoo.com, haxhinexha@yahoo.com
Mob: +377(0)44144109

Sharr/Sharr Planina-Korab-A pilot project “CAMP LIMTH”

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Proposal for a pilot project for improvement of basic touristic infrastructure and awareness raising among pupils and teachers for biodiversity and natural values of Sharr National Park

  1. Regional context

Part of the territory of Sharr Mountains as a spatial integrity which is characterized by natural values and rarities, with a large surface area of important forest ecosystem and alpine pastures, with the number of endemic and relict species, with rich geomorphologic and hydrological features. These features greatly contribute to the scientific, cultural, historical, sportive, touristic value and potential. Recreational activities and tourism can contribute greatly to the economic development of the DragashMunicipality in the recently proclaimed enlargement area of the SharrNational Park.

The National Park “Mali Sharri” covers a surface of 53.469 ha and it lies in the territory of: Kaçanik, Shtrpce, Suhareka, Prizren and Dragash municipalities along the borders with Macedonia and Albania. Recently, Kosovo Government proclaimed the enlargement of the existing National Park “Mali Sharr”. About 20.000 ha belonging to DragashMunicipality are now included in the National Park. Together with the neighboring protected areas of Mavrovo NP (Macedonia) and Korab-KoritnikNaturePark it could constitute the largest protected area in South-Eastern Europe, once a transboundary protected area becomes reality.

On the other hand, the huge potential for a sound rural tourism remains largely unexplored and unused in SharrNational Park. Nonetheless, it could provide an important livelihood for local communities and substitute more unsustainable sources of income in the near future. In order to make this happen, actions have to be taken to improve basic touristic infrastructure and information about accommodation and local produce needs to be distributed to visitors. This was recently agreed by local stakeholders from all three neighboring countries in the joint vision for a transboundary protected area Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab, signed on 5 July 2013 in Brod in SharrNational Park. In the Joint Vision, the importance to identify places of touristic value, the improvement of capacities and touristic infrastructure have been determined as key factors for the sustainable economic development of the region.

The project proposal at hand directly addresses the issue of improvement of basic capacities and touristic infrastructure at one defined place in close vicinity to the National Park boundary: CampLimthi – field basis of NGO Finch’s bird watching activities. By implementing the proposed measures, the attractiveness for hikers and visitors can be largely improved and information on the natural values of the SharrNational Park can be provided directly to visitors through the installation of information panels. In the future, Camp Limthi as a spot for resting, teaching and research can be connected easily to a transboundary hiking trail Popova Shapka – Sharr National Park – Camp Limthi – Prizren. The establishment of Transboundary hiking trails is another cornerstone of the development of a gentle tourism that was agreed in the Joint Vision in Brod. By creating a spot for information on natural values along with touristic facilities (water fountain, picknick benches) we can directly address this goal and increase the attractiveness of a future transboundary hiking trail Popova Shapka – SharrNational Park – CampLimthi – Prizren.

Another important component is an awareness raising programme for teachers and pupils from the DragashMunicipality because the natural values of SharrNational Park are not enough promoted at present. By developing and implementing lessons for pupils and training for teachers on the spot in Camp Limthi, knowledge about biodiversity and endangered species can be multiplied by giving specific lessons on Golden Eagle, Brown Bear and Balkan lynx directly in the mountain environment where they occur.

 

  1. 2.      Project Goals

The first goal (Goal 1) is improvement of basic touristic infrastructure at CampLimthi close to the boundaries of SharrNational Park. CampLimthi could be connected in the future to a transboundary hiking trail “Popova Shapka – SharrNational Park – CampLimthi – Prizren” as an important destination for resting and environmental education.

The second goal (Goal 2) is directly related to Goal 1 by using the improved CampLimthi as a location for educating pupils and teachers about the natural values of SharrNational Park and thus raising their environmental awareness. Teachers will act as multipliers of the knowledge because they can pass on their knowledge, e.g. in Biology lessons, once they are back at their schools.

  1. 3.      Expected Results

Goal 1 directly addresses the Joint Vision of a Transboundary Protected Area “Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab” by improving basic touristic capacities and infrastructure and by creating a spot for resting and environmental education along a possible future transboundary hiking trail from Macedonia to Prizren. Hence, Goal 1 contributes to a sustainable economic development by improving the basis for a transboundary hiking tourism.

Goal 2 addresses the need to improve the awareness about biodiversity and the natural values of SharrNational Park among the local population, i.e. pupils. By improving their knowledge and awareness the biodiversity can be protected more effectively. In addition, training teachers will be carried out thus multiplying the knowledge about biodiversity and natural values of SharrNational Park

  1. 4.      Description of the action

Goal 1: Improvement of basic touristic infrastructure at Camp Limthi

1.1.            Construction of a fountain with concrete basin 1m3 as basic water supply for the camp

1.2.            Construction of a frost-proof water supply from feeder springs to camp site by excavating a trench to lay a pipe in the ground (150m3 excavation)

1.3.            Installation of picnic facilities at 2 different sites at CampLimthi by setting up 2 wooden benches and 1 wooden table at each site

1.4.            Installation of 3 information boards (Balkan lynx, birds, SharrNational Park) as a tool for informing visitors about biodiversity

Goal 2: Raising awareness about biodiversity and natural values of Sharr National Park by implementing a teaching unit for pupils and a seminar for teachers

2.1  Develop and implement a teaching unit about biodiversity in Sharr NP at a Primary High Schools in Blaq, Dragash. Students from this school, especially classes of 6 and 8 will be included in the project and they will have classes about the importance of biodiversity of SharrNational Park, its natural characteristics and the process of expansion of the National Park, recently approved by the Assembly of Kosovo.

2.2  Develop and implement a seminar about biodiversity and natural values of SharrNational Park for biology teachers from DragashMunicipality as multipliers of knowledge

A link to see photos of the activity:

https://www.facebook.com/nexhmedin.ramadani.1/media_set?set=a.10200228373261403.1073741872.1514663299&type=1

A link where you can see photos of final activity of the Pilot Project:

 https://www.facebook.com/nexhmedin.ramadani.1/media_set?set=a.10200369591591773.1073741885.1514663299&type=1

 

Great capture of snake

THE BALKAN LYNX RECOVERY PROGRAMME EXPANDS IN KOSOVO AND MONTENEGRO

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The Association for the Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA) together with her partners for the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme organized a capacity building workshop on wildlife monitoring methods and human dimensions. The workshop was held on 24-30 of June 2013, in the National Park of Valbona/Albanian Alps. This event was the continuation of various efforts carried out by the NGO coalition comprised by MES, PPNEA, EuroNatur and KORA for the establishment of national monitoring networks in Albania, Macedonia and eventually in the two neighboring countries Kosovo and Montenegro so that data on Balkan Lynx and its prey can be collected in a systematic way. Following the first capacity building workshop held last year in Vevçan/ MK and Librazhd/AL the workshop in Valbona is a step forward in the frame of the preparatory phase for the extend of the programme beyond Albania and Macedonia.

The workshop was attended by representatives from organizations such as PPNEA, MES, FINCH, ERA, CZIP, OZONE, representatives from Sharr National Park in Kosovo and the National Parks of Montenegro, and members of the Regional Environmental Agency of Kosovo. The participants were trained on the basics of monitoring principles, methods, tracking, and human dimension in wildlife monitoring. More concretely, the agenda included presentations from prominent wildlife researchers like Urs Breitenmoser and Manuela von Arx from KORA/Switzerland, Kujtim Mersini, Aleksandër Trajçe and Bledi Hoxha from PPNEA/Albania, and Ljupcho Melovski, Dime Melovski and Gjorge Ivanov from MES/Macedonia.

Along with theoretical presentations on wildlife monitoring methods, results and lessons learnt from the implementation of the Programme in Albania and Macedonia an essential part of the workshop were also the field practicals which helped participants to actually discover by themselves the biodiversity of the area, and implement one of the Balkan Lynx monitoring methods by means of camera-trapping. During their field walk the participants set two camera-traps in strategic paths and gained knowledge on the quality of the habitats and the high values of flora and fauna in the area. Equally important was the talk of our local contact point Catherine Bohne, who emphasized the importance of engaging the local community in wildlife monitoring and raising their awareness on the importance of wildlife conservation.

In the end of the workshop the organizers highlighted the fact that the experience and work results of MES and PPNEA may very well serve as a model which can be further improved by the colleagues in Kosovo and Montenegro. Subsequently, the expand of the network for the monitoring of the Balkan lynx gives a new burst of energy and raises the level of commitment for the conservation of the remaining population of Balkan lynx.

Programi i Rimëkëmbjes së Rrëqebullit të Ballkanit zgjerohet në Kosovë dhe Mal të Zi

Shoqata e Ruajtjes dhe Mbrojtjes së Mjedisit Natyror në Shqipëri (PPNEA) së bashku me partnerët e saj në Programin e Rimëkëmbjes së Rrëqebullit të Ballkanit organizoi një workshop për rritjen e kapaciteteve në fushën e monitorimit të faunës dhe dimensionit human. Workshopi u mbajt më 24-30 qershor, në Parkun Kombëtar të Valbonës, në Alpet Shqiptare dhe  u organizua në vazhdën e përpjekjeve të koalicionit të  krijuar nga organizatat MES, PPNEA, EuroNatur dhe  KORA, për vendosjen e një rrjeti monitorimi  kombëtar të faunës  për Shqipërinë, Maqedoninë dhe tanimë edhe për dy vendet e tjera fqinje si Kosova dhe Mali i Zi, me qëllim mbledhjen e të dhënave sistematike për rrëqebullin dhe prenë e tij. Pas workshopit të parë të organizuar vitin e kaluar në Vevçan/MK dhe Librazhd/  zhvillimi i workshopit në Valbonë shënon një hap më tej në fazën përgatitore për zgjerimin e programit përtej Shqipërisë dhe Maqedonisë.

 Në këtë workshop kishte përfaqësues nga organizatat  PPNEA, MES, FINCH, ERA, CZIP,  OZONE dhe përfaqësues nga Parku Kombëtar Sharr në Kosovë, nga  Parqet Kombëtare në Malin e Zi, si dhe anëtarë të Agjensisë Rajonale  Mjedisore të Kosovës. Pjesëmarrësit u njohën me parimet e monitorimit, metodat, identifikimin e gjurmëve, dhe pikëprerjen e  dimensionit human me fushën e studimit të jetës së egër. Programi i trajnimit përfshinte prezantime nga kërkues dhe specialist të mirënjohur në fushën e ruajtjes së mishngrënësve të mëdhenj  të tillë si Urs Breitenmoser dhe  Manuela von Arx nga organizata KORA/Zvicër, Kujtim Mersini, Aleksandër Trajçe dhe Bledi Hoxha nga PPNEA/Shqipëri, dhe Ljupcho Melovski, Dime Melovski dhe Gjorge Ivanov nga MES/MK.

Krahas prezantimit teorik mbi parimet dhe teknikat e monitorimit të faunës,  rezultatet dhe  mësimet e nxjerra nga përvoja e zbatimit të Programit në Shqipëri dhe Maqedoni, po aq i rëndësishëm ishte dhe trajnimi në terren dhe aktivitetet praktike për njohjen e biodiversitetit të zonës dhe zbatimit të njërës prej metodave të monitorimit të rrëqebullit, që kryhet me anë të vendosjes së kamerave-kurth. Gjatë shëtitjes në terren pjesëmarrësit vendosën dy kamera-kurth në shtigje strategjike dhe u njohën nga afër me cilësinë e habitateve dhe vlerat e larta të florës dhe faunës së zones. Shumë e rëndësishme ishte dhe përcjellja e përvojës së bashkëpunëtores tone lokale Catherine Bohne, e cila theksoi rëndësinë e përfshirjes së komunitetit lokal në monitorimin e faunës dhe rritjen e ndërgjegjësimit të tij për ruajtjen e jetës së egër.

Në mbyllje të workshopit organizatorët u shprehën se përvoja dhe rezultatet e punës të MES dhe PPNEA mund të shërbejnë si një model, i cili mund të ndiqet dhe të zhvillohet më tej nga partnerët në Kosovë dhe Mal të Zi.  Rrjedhimisht, zgjerimi i rrjetit për monitorimin  e rrëqebullit të Ballkanit jep  një hov të ri dhe rrit më tej angazhimin për ruajtjen e popullatës së ngelur të  rrëqebullit të Ballkanit

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Links from NGO “FINCH”

Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/haxhinexha/sets/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/nexhmedin.ramadani.1

You tube:

http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?o=U

 

Romano Freestyle Wrestlers and Folk Fair in Dragash, June (qershor) 2013

All the material was recorded and edited by NGO “FINCH”

In this link you can see the event of Romano Freestyle Wrestler and Folk Fair Festival in Dragash, Kosovo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrMigPMKMAo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XkLmM_Fu4w&feature=youtu.be

While here in this link you can see the whole event mixed together the sport and fair

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4653579986878.1073741855.1514663299&type=1

World Migratory Bird Day in Kosovo and Albania, cross border cooperation

Visiting Finch camping place in May 2013

Development of prospects for a transboundary protected area Mali Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab

Partner organizations

Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment inAlbania(PPNEA), Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) NGO Finch, Kosova and EuroNatur

2. Summary

The Mali Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab mountain range situated at the border zone betweenAlbania,Macedoniaand Kosovo represents a geographic and ecological unit. However, the course of state borders in this region implies the administrative division of this natural entity. This poses serious obstacles to a joint ecosystem management in a Transboundary Protected Area (TBPA) and to local sustainable development.

AlbaniaandMacedoniaare member states of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) while Kosovo is not. Nevertheless, all three states have presented strategies and action plans for the conservation of biological diversity.  The CBD Programme of work for protected areas (PoWPA) highlights the implementation of TBPA and cross-border management of natural resources as one of the main goals. On the other hand, an analysis of the national biodiversity strategies reveals that transboundary aspects of ecosystem management are mostly neglected at present.

3. Overall objective

A favourable starting basis for a successful co-operation between local stakeholders in Albania, Macedoniaand Kosovo is created for the cross-border conservation of biological diversity in a future TBPA Mali  Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab. Local stakeholders are engaged in the process and develop a local ownership of the TBPA.

Development of prospects for a transboundary protected area Mali Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab

1st meeting of the partner organizations and representatives

Kukes,Albania

5-6 April, 2013

Group discussion results – Kosovo

Nexhmedin Ramadani Finch

Salim Jenuzi mayor of Dragashi Municipality

Naim Ramadani Ntl. Forestry

Hasan Dishllari Dragash Municipality

Daut Sinani Prof. Biology from Finch

Hazer Dana Dir. NP Mali Sharr

Bekim Bytyqi NP Mali Sharr

Nuridin Halili NGO Guri i Zi

Azem Ramadani Finch

Rafet Elezi Finch

Sadik  Dragash Municipality

NGO “FINCH” proposal for the pilot project

Development of prospects for a transboundary protected area Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab

SPORT’S FAIR IN DRAGASH

(SERI NE DRAGASH)

Ways of bringing communities together

The idea of taking this leap came alive while I was participating at a Conference in Ulcinj on Green Belt, so one that was emphasized there was an idea of Transboundary activities. This is why I decided to arrange such an important traditional sports and communication fair.

 Social events are very useful to promote or consolidate common values, both at staff and local community level. In Dragash (the southeast part of Kosovo) “A Wrestling and Horse Racing Competition” had been organized every year for a long time since after the Second World War so we would love to have the traditions come alive again. On this occasion, many local people come together, even people from Macedonia, Albania, will be invited to join this important event so they will be crossing the mountain passes to participate in the festival, as I want to mention here the folk (Roman) wrestling and horse racing festival or folk fair festival. This festival originates from early 20th century or the most traditional one we can find was post World War II. But for a long time this kind  of activity stopped its traditions so I thought it will be a good way of rehabilitating it and making people of different communities and different nations come together in a single day with the only reason, to communicate and cooperate with one another.

There will be a good chance to see them together engaged in joint activities people of different communities and nationalities such as:

Gorans from Dragashi andPrizreniMunicipality, Kosovo Albanians, Macedonians, Macedonian Albanians, Turkish, Bosnians, Albanians fromAlbania, etc.

 Wrestlers fromBulgariaandTurkeywill also be invited to take part in this.

I hope you will take in consideration this kind of Transboundary sports and social activity of different communities coming together.

All we need from you is to financially support this kind of activity and include it on the activities of the actual project “Development of prospects for a transboundary protected area Mali Sharr/Šar Planina-Korab”. 

If we succeed by this kind of sports fair there will be considerable benefits for EuroNatur and other supportive organizations of the recent project.

Benefits

  • This kind of activity helps to promote friendship and to reduce cross-border tensions.

  •  Bring economic benefits to local and national economies

  •  Provide better control cross-border problems such as fire, pests, pollution and smuggling.

  •  Cross-border cooperation fosters communication between different communities.

  •  Addition of mountain tourism, attracting visitors.

  •  Fair food and traditional costumes

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