Skadar Lake, natural border between Albania and Montenegro

Supporting the Long-Term Sustainable Management of Transboundary Lake Skadar

Improving practices and capacity for management of protected areas, the project intends to foster the effective management of biodiversity of Skadar Lake, natural border between Albania and Montenegro. Being largest on the Balkan Peninsula, Skadar Lake witnessed a number of political agreements toward its improved management and international conservation efforts. With its partners, IUCN will build on the gathered experience and establish a cross-border exchange platform for protected area authorities and other stakeholders to work jointly and ensure the sustainable future of the shared lake. …  

12 Nov 2013 | Project description

Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve, Serbia

Conservation planning in South-Eastern Europe

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the implementation of conservation standards in South-Eastern Europe by supporting institutional development and creating a regional platform for nature conservation planning. To achieve this, IUCN will work closely with national nature conservation authorities in the region. …  

31 Oct 2013 | Project description

Heron colony

Building capacities for conservation action

The long term objective of the project is to improve capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and government agencies in Serbia and Montenegro responsible for the implementation of conservation policies and actions. The importance of institutions and CSOs working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable development is increasingly recognized. To ensure effective participation in this process, their resources including knowledge, skills and experience in implementing actions for achieving policy objectives should be correspondingly improved. …  

05 Jan 2012 | Project completed

Velipojë Protected Landscape, Albania

Institutional Support to the management of Protected Areas in Albania

The main project objective is to strengthen both central and local offices of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Water Administration of Albania in developing their capacities to systemically plan and manage protected areas. By promoting innovative approaches to protected area management, that also imply the translation of principles of ecosystems and biodiversity economics into practice, this project will demonstrate a broad range of benefits that local and wider communities could enjoy from preserved and well-functioning ecosystems. …  

11 Nov 2011 | Project description

NP Una

Environment for People in the Dinaric Arc

The Dinaric Arc in South Eastern Europe is an area with a rich natural and cultural heritage. The region still hosts almost unspoilt forests and healthy populations of large carnivores (bear, lynx, wolf, golden jackal), and is the most water-rich area in the Mediterranean in terms of freshwater ecosystems. However these qualities are under threat due to current uncontrolled development and previous socio-political circumstances. The effects of rural abandonment and degradation of the natural environment are having severe impacts on the livelihoods of many rural communities in the region. …  

22 Oct 2010 | Project completed


Ecological Network of Moldova

Project aims to support saving biological and landscape diversity in Moldova. To achieve this, IUCN and its member organization BIOTICA Ecological Society work on creation of the National Ecological Network and tend to insert biological and landscape diversity concerns into economic sectors, under Pan-European Ecological Network. …  

21 Oct 2010 | Project completed

The Tamis River Valley, Serbia

Building capacities on EU Nature policies

The accession to EU is not a smooth process for Western Balkan countries, but a long journey with a number of challenges on the way. The process includes synchronization of the national legislation with the EU one, ensuring its implementation by introducing new acts at national level, genuine involvement of all stakeholders in the process of decision-making, improvement of regional cooperation etc. Additionally, raising awareness and capacity building for the implementation of the EU policies and strategies are of the utmost importance for a successful accession process. Current IUCN’s project focuses on three EU policy areas which have a great impact on nature conservation, while geographically covering three Western Balkan countries: FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. …  

20 Oct 2010 | Project completed

Iron Gate, RO-SRB

High Nature Value (HNV) Agri-environment Project for Serbia

High Nature Value (HNV) farming concept is highly relevant to biodiversity conservation, both inside and outside of protected areas. This project focuses on Serbia and aims to raise awareness amongst policy-makers and stakeholders of the importance of maintaining HNV farming systems, including the grazing of semi-natural vegetation with locally-adapted livestock breeds. …  

29 Sep 2010 | Project completed

GB South Eastern Europe

Walk on the Wild side

Conflict prevention and building of international understanding are of special importance in South Eastern Europe. The need for protection of shared natural values and the unique cross-border biodiversity offer a floor for cooperation of local communities and the border police. …  

18 Jun 2010 | Project completed


Agri-environment measures for conservation in the wider Europe

EU accession process in Central Europe was the main engine for changes in agriculture. There is a need to support farmers and their communities to apply farming practices which are beneficial for landscapes and biodiversity. …  

17 Jun 2010 | Project completed