In collaboration with the staff of Galicica National Park, our team embarked on an exciting journey, generously supported by PONT. Our tale unfolds amidst the breath-taking landscapes of Galicica National Park, where scientific rigor meets profound dedication. Our detailed report is available here.
Getting to know better the Black Alder’s Habitat
Our team meticulously mapped the habitat of the black alder near the St. Naum monastery. Spanning 5.5 hectares along the shores of Lake Ohrid, this habitat became our focus. Through precise GPS coordinates and comparative analyses, we delved into the subtle changes within this ecosystem. Our goal is to assist the Galicica National Park management in ensuring its stability amidst the challenges of climate shifts and human impact.
Safeguarding the Delicate Marsh Angelica
The marsh angelica, a rare gem found near the St. Naum monastery, captured our attention. This critically endangered species in North Macedonia flourishes in a limited area. We developed a Species Management Plan, tailoring our efforts to its unique needs. Recognising its importance as a tourist attraction, especially during prime growth periods, we are striving to help preserve its delicate presence.
Centaurea Tomorosii: Unraveling the Mystery of Numbers and Distribution
The endemic Centaurea tomorosii became the focus of our meticulous evaluation, guided by IUCN methodology. Despite challenges like recreational activities, this resilient species stood tall. Thanks to expert insights and rigorous monitoring, our assessment has precisely mapped the number of individual plants and their extent of distribution. This validates its red list status, solidifying its position as a symbol of our region’s biodiversity richness.
In these endeavors, our collaboration with the staff of Galicica National Park has been truly outstanding. Through our collective efforts, guided by scientific rigor and a profound respect for nature, we celebrate the wonders of the park.
We hope you will join us in our mission to protect and cherish this natural haven, ensuring that future generations can marvel at its beauty as we do today.
Author: Vlado Matevski, Research Center for Environment and Materials, at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts