Type of project:
Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Projects based on a stewardship anchored in respect for land, water, and all living things, with a management striving to support natural processes and utilize nature’s own mechanism, Projects creating local pride and common ownership and responsibility for wild nature amongst land owners, communities and resource users, leading to new alternative uses, Successful agreements with forestry entities about changing forestry practises into more nature-based management systems
Aim and vision:
To showcase the potential of sustainable tourism to fund conservation in the Western Balkans region. Protected areas across the region are primarily funded by timber production and the sale of park produce. Protected area managers are under pressure to develop hunting as an additional source of income.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is Europe’s Biodiversity ‘Hotspot’, across the Balkans many of Europe’s large mammals still exist in a truly wild state. Sustainable wildlife tourism is undeveloped in the region. We hope to show National Parks, community groups and Governments in the region a new approach to funding and conservation.
Uniqueness of the project:
No National Parks in the Western Balkans have developed high value, low volume wildlife tourism offers. This is a first for the region.
Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Recreational activities, Research