Jul 4
Assessing the biodiversity values of Munella Mountain area
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In the frame of “Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme 3rd phase”, PPNEA organized on 28th of June 2016, at Hotel Tirana International a meeting for presenting the findings of a research study entitled “Assessing the biodiversity values of Munella Mountain area”. This study was realized in the frame of the initiative to declare Munella Mountain area as a Protected Area, which was prepared by Albanian and foreign experts. The event aimed to present the initiative for the proclamation of Munella as a protected area, presenting the findings of the research in Munella, and discussing the proposed zoning obtained by the results of this study. The Munella region, proofed to be the area where the globally endangered species of Balkan Lynx reproduces. Besides the presence of the lynx and other large carnivores, this region it is well known also for the presence of other group of wild fauna and floristic elements. Representatives of the Ministry of Environment, NAPA, RAPA Lezhe, Shkoder, Kukes, representative of Municipality of Puka, Fushe-Arrez, Rreshen, Kukes, Fan Administrative Unit, Albanian and foreign experts and other interested stakeholders for the area were attending at this event. During this event the following presentations were made: - Presentation of the "Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme” Bledi Hoxha, PPNEA - Policies of the Ministry of Environmental for the proclamation of protected areas Silvamina Alshabani, MoE - The strategy of NAPA for the expansion of protected areas Sulejman Xhepa, AKZM - Introduction and large mammals in Munella region, Bledi Hoxha, PPNEA - Small mammals (Bats of Munella region), Philippie Therou, Chiropterologist - Amphibians and reptiles of Munella region Ferdinand Bego, Univertitety of Natural Science - Presentation on birds in Munella area, Mirjan Topi, PPNEA - Vegetation and plants in Munella area, Ermelinda Mahmutaj, Botanist - Local livelihoods and people - nature coexistence in Munella region, Aleksandër Trajçe, PPNEA - Presentation of the proposed zoning of the research area, Valbona Simixhiu, GIS experts During the event, besides the presentation of various important biodiversity elements such as: plants, vegetation, large and small mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds, it was also discussed about the protection status that Munella area should have. As e concluding remarks, the event resulted to be very successful, participants were very interested on the findings of this research study and they showed it with their valuable suggestions and comments which will help in providing a better zoning of the Munella area. In addition, it is worth emphasizing the support and willingness of all stakeholders to give to the Munella area the protection status as soon as possible.

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