Quantify the threats and needs for protection of the glacial lakes, bogs and streams of the Jablanica Mountain in Macedonia within the context of the Habitats Directive and Water Frameworks Directive. Forest management practices will be assessed, and their role in watershed protection determined. In collaboration with local communities, the project will explore water management issues and aims to build consensus on means of natural resources protection and use. Identification of alternative means of water supply, and use of water resources, will be undertaken. The project will also seek ways to incorporate its results in the Drin Initiative and the existing national strategies for the management of Drin River in Macedonia and Albania by providing a case study of micro-management of a small watershed.
Strategic Direction:2 Establish the sustainable management of water catchments and the wise use of water resources with a focus on the priority corridors of the (1) Atlas Mountains, (2) Taurus Mountains, (3) Orontes Valley and Lebanon Mountai