Time frame: 2006–2018

Funding: MAVA Foundation, Switzerland

Partners: PPNEA – Albania; CZIP – Montenegro; ERA – Kosovo; FINCH – Kosovo; EuroNatur – Germany; KORA – Switzerland

Programme goal: For more than ten years now, the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme has worked on the protection of the critically endangered Balkan lynx. Activities primarily focus on: lobbying for the declaration of new protected areas, involving locals in the protection, research, education and monitoring activities on Balkan lynx in the Southwest Balkans.

Phase 4: 2016-2018

As of 1 August 2016, the programme entered its fourth implementation phase. Unlike the previous three phases, the new project activities were designed using Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.

Phase 4 activities: Activities focus on six different strategies: declaration of new protected areas, efficiency of already established protected areas, legislation pertinent to the lynx, education of the locals, research and monitoring, sustainable hunt and fight against poaching.

Contact persons: Dime Melovski melovskid@mes.org.mk, Aleksandar Stojanov stojanov@mes.org.mk, Gjorgje Ivanov ivanov@mes.org.mk

Проектни Активности

Lynx capture at Bukovikj locality

New lynx is here! 12 February 2020 the lynx team of the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) box-trapped a new individual of the rare Balkan lynx in Bukovikj, near the town of Kichevo. [...]

Balkan Lynx Partner Meeting in Peja, Kosovo

A kick-off meeting for the fifth phase of the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme took place in Pejа, Kosovo in the beginning of October this year. The meeting was attended by the partners from MES, [...]

Balkan lynx education in primary schools complete

Last week, 30 and 31 May 2019, we rounded off the educational activities for the schoolchildren of the primary schools in the Municipality of Mavrovo and Rostushe. Educational activities, [...]

New male lynx collared in Mavrovo National Park

Another lynx got a GPS collar in Mavrovo National Park to track its movement. On 27 February, together with Park staff, we managed to collar this individual and now we are successfully tracking [...]

The largest Balkan lynx captured in Mavrovo National Park

This weekend marked the capture of another Balkan lynx individual, near the village Sence, Mavrovo National Park, sixth in a row ever since the research inception in 2010 using radio-telemetry [...]

Promotion of the Conservation Action Plan for the Balkan Lynx in Mavrovo National Park

On 26 December 2018, the Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for the Balkan Lynx was presented in the Mavrovo National Park (MNP), foreseeing systematic activities for the conservation of Balkan lynx [...]

Successful meeting between NP “Mavrovo and NP “Malet e Sharrit” in Kosovo

On 11 December 2018, a meeting took place on Shar Mountain in Kosovo among representatives of the Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia and the Sharri National Park in Kosovo, organised by the [...]

Lynx education week

MES initiated its educational caravan in Western Macedonia as part of the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme. The educational caravan visited the villages of Vejce and Shipkovica, on Shar Mountain, [...]

Initial BLRP 4 partner meeting

Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme representatives held their initial partner meeting on from 4-11 March in Prizren, Kosovo. The meeting was attended by all partner organisations from the region [...]

GIS training of BLRP partner organisations

An intensive training course for the project partners within the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme on basics of geographical information systems and cartography took place from 14-16 December 2016. [...]

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