In the context of the ongoing EU accession of the Western Balkan countries, the EPPA Project developed a study on green infrastructure deployment and ecological connectivity status in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia. The study identified conservation areas of high transboundary importance, focused on the large carnivores (bears, wolfs, lynx) and explored the level of existing landscape connections between them. As a result, the study proposes the main green corridors and core areas that should be preserved and managed to safeguard the region’s biodiversity and natural value. This is expected to contribute to the implementation of the new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, which stipulates the building of a coherent Trans-European Nature Network and the implementation of an ambitious EU Nature Restoration Plan. The study also contributes to the implementation of two macro-regional strategies: EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR) and EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).
The Study was presented to EPPA Beneficiaries at the workshop in June 2020 with major discussions on transnational terrestrial habitats biodiversity, mapping, assessment and evaluation of the ecosystems services as well as mitigation measures of habitat fragmentation and ecological networks, among others. The workshop report and other materials available at the EPPA website.
The final version of the study will be available shortly as it is undergoing the final editing adjustments.