Recognising the value of previous workshops and the importance of a monitoring network, the MES team involved in the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme organised another training with network members. The topic of the meeting was ORUXMAPS – a free mobile application for Android users that is easy to use. With the help of the application, more precise information were acquired on lynx sighting, traces, prey, and also on other predators in the surrounding areas.

The workshop was attended by a group of 20 members mainly consisting of hunters, foresters, and veterinarians. It was held in the city of Tetovo on the 7 October 2016. After the instructions were given, the software was installed on participants’ phones together with a memory card consisting of topographic maps for the purpose of better orientation. Following the introduction, the participants then had a chance to test out the application. In the second part of the workshop the members were presented with the fourth stage of the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme and what their roles would be in future recovery efforts.

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