WCC 2016 Res 096 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN CEC Higher Education, Knowledge Management and Capacity Development Specialist Group 2017-2020
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
East Europe, North and Central Asia
North Macedonia
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
No other Members are/have been involved
IUCN Commissions: 
No Commissions are/have been involved
IUCN Secretariat: 
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Scientific/technical activitiesScientific/researches on the investigations of effects of the changes in forest cover on the distributions of protected animals (brown bear, Balkan lynx and grey wolf) and on the identifications of potential new protected areas in Balkan countries. A research is conducted on the investigations of effects of the changes in forest cover on the distributions of 35 endangered mammal species as identified by IUCN, at global level. An importance of identifying a forest cover threshold is shown for endangered small and large-body mammal species. Completed
Scientific/technical activitiesThese were doctoral and post-doctoral researches on the effects of the changes in forest cover on protected and endangered mammal species using species distribution modeling and data available (mostly) available online. These works are published and or under preview for publications in scientific journals. Completed
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
There are shown potential new protected areas for protected animal species (large-body mammal species) in Balkan countries filling gaps of research. Research method is replicate for new data and studies. This work has recommendations of species conservation in relation to forests and mammal species.
There were found negative effects of the changes of forest cover in endangered mammal species. Results showed the importance of forest cover for small-body mammal and large-body mammals and of cross-border protected areas for the conservation of endangered mammal species.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
Forest and mammal species data differences. Mammal species and forest data were collected around the same time in order to reduce data differences for mammal species and forest cover changes.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessResearches are sent to organisations that are working in species conservation and species data collection in Albania and North Macedonia as well as can be available online for readers.
Field activitiesOrganizations could be involved in standardized data collection and monitoring of forest and mammal species in protected areas, in (not protected) large forest cover and in cross-border areas.
OtherI continue working in research making it available online for readers.
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