Background document on ecological networks

Development of a National Ecological Network in FYR Macedonia

Brajanoska R., Čivić, K., Hristovski, S., Jones-Walters, L., Levkov, Z., Melovski, Lj., Melovski, D. and Velevski, M.

ECNC–European Centre for Nature Conservation and MES-Macedonian Ecological Society, 2009

ISBN: 978-9989-648-14-4

The main objective of the project ‘Development of the National Ecological Network in FYR Macedonia (MAK-NEN)’ was to develop a National Ecological Network (NEN) in FYR Macedonia. In doing so it contributed to the development of the Pan-European Ecological Network (PEEN), the emphasis of which is now moving from the level of international policy and mapping to a focus on national, regional and local mapping and practical delivery. This project also assisted FYR Macedonia in fulfilling its obligations as a signatory country of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS).

This report therefore begins with a consideration of the status of biodiversity in Macedonia, a consideration of the Brown bear in particular and a thorough introduction to the concept, history and legislative framework surrounding the development and implementation of ecological networks in Europe. There is also a detailed elaboration of the legislation surrounding protected areas designation in Europe, which was considered of specific relevance in the context of this study in relation to the future establishment of the Natura 2000 Network in FYR Macedonia, and the role that protected areas can play in providing a basis for the development of a wider ecological network. All of this is set within a summary of the national legal framework and strategic documents within the country, concluding with a review of current progress of the work on ecological networks that has taken place to date in FYR Macedonia. In the final section there is a brief summary of this project.

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