COOPERATIVE TRANSBOUNDARY LEARNING FOR ECOSYSTEM MENAGMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE SHARR MOUNTAIN REGION
Transboundary Learning for Ecosystem Management and Sustainable Development in the Sharr Mountain region
- Is a two year project
- Co-financed by the European Commission under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), Component II (Cross-Border Cooperation Program the FYR of Macedonia – Kosovo).
The project aims to
- Establishment of a ‘live’ network of academics and practitioners on cooperative transboundary learning for ecosystem management, aiming on the long term at the sustainable management of the natural resources and securing ecosystem services necessary for a good life in the Sharr mountain cross-border region
- Building up capacity for cooperative transboundary ecosystem management in higher education institutions of Kosovo and FYR of Macedonia and strengthening cooperation and exchange between them and further partners (universities & conservation community) in Europe.
- Enhancing cooperation between universities, conservation authorities, stakeholders and NGOs active in the project region increasing applied research in the field of transboundary adaptive conservation management and ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change.
- Increasing applied research in the field of transboundary ecosystem conservation management, sustainable development and ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in order to contribute finding solutions for actual problems
Activities of the project
Update the curriculum in ecology and nature conservation
- The new curriculum will incorporate new modules;
- Some of the modules will be set up by this project.
Study course “Adaptive Conservation Site Management in the Sharr Mountains”
- Development and implementation of joint study course in the cross-border region between the partner universities consisting of an ecosystem diagnostics analysis in the field and the application of the adaptive management planning methodology MARISCO (Adaptive Management of vulnerability and Risk at Conservation sites) in a project-oriented setting.
Study course “Spatial Data Application for Adaptive Nature Conservation Management”
- Which aims to enhance the participants’ and university staff´s competence, knowledge and skills in principal methods, tools and application of spatial data management, especially, Geographic Information System (GIS) and environmental data analysis.
Study course “Ethnobotany”
- The course aim to explore the traditional uses of plant species from indigenous people in Sharri cross-border area, which will serve as basis for fostering sustainable uses of plant resources and also for promoting local bicultural diversity through ecotourism initiatives and for further phytotherapeutical researches.
Multiple-team workshop on adaptive conservation management
- The training aims to train the participants in the adaptive management methodology of the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.
- The teams from the project area composed by academic staff, advanced students and participants from regional public conservation authorities, NGOs and land-user groups´ representatives can participate.
- The workshops gives functional project teams the opportunity to be trained in the named strategic planning methodology on a concrete object.
Joint training in setting up project proposals and implementing project management
- The training will enable the participant to apply for project funds (finding calls, ingredients of a project proposal, finding partners, time management, etc.) and to have a basic idea and practice in managing a project, if application was successful.
- The training will be set up in a project-oriented setting project teams working on real examples. The trainings will involve academic staff interested in teaching this project-oriented training in the future to the students at their universities as regular modules within certain curricula.
Supporting development of thesis related to the cross-border region
- The students will have the opportunity to develop their theses dealing with sustainable economic, social and environmental development of the Sharr mountain region and/or address a topic that has urgency for the partner from practice with financial support.
- Updated lectures and curricula in cooperative transboundary ecosystem management;
- Trained staff and students enabled to apply for and manage projects in the conservation sector;
- Joint courses as part of regular academic teaching in Kosovo and Macedonia;
- Regional transboundary conservation network between universities, public authorities, land users and NGOs;