Mountain ranges along the European Green Belt in the Western Balkan deserve protection

Gabriel Schwaderer
2012 eco.mont - Journal on Protected Mountain Areas Research and Management  
The European Green Belt initiative aims to transform the former Iron Curtain into an ecological network. The most characteristic landscapes along the western part of the Balkan Green Belt are mountain ranges that are European biodiversity hotspots. The flagship species of this section of the Balkan Green Belt is the Balkan lynx, which is critically endangered. Especially the mountain ranges in the border zone between Albania, Kosovo (according UN Security Council Regulation 1244/99), Montenegro
more » ... 244/99), Montenegro and FYR Macedonia deserve a coherent network of protected areas. The vision is to create three large complexes of transboundary protected areas. In addition to designating large-scale protected areas, the management of existing areas has to be improved significantly.
doi:10.1553/eco.mont-4-2s45 fatcat:mxsrdr5sizcjbg7wrtcimp43ai