Protection and conservation of endangered Skadar frog and its habitats in the area of the Bojana river delta

Skadar frog (Pelophylax shqipericus) is an endangered Balkan endemic species of green frogs, according to the categorization of International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN. It occurs in humid habitats of the lowland areas in south-east Montenegro and northern and the central coast of Albania. Skadar frog is recognized as one of the key species of the unique biodiversity of KBA Delta Bojana.

This study is produced as a result of the project “Inclusion of the local community in protecting and improving the habitat of the endangered Skadar frog (Pelophylax shqipericus) in the Bojana River Delta, Montenegro”.

The Skadar frog (Pelophylax shqipericus) is an endangered Balkan endemic species of green frogs, recognized as one of the key species of the unique biodiversity of the KBA Delta Bojana. However, aquatic species such as green frogs, whose population abundance is considered a good indicator of quality of wetland habitats, are highly endangered in this area, primarily due to destruction, land use change, fragmentation and pollution of habitats.

The study presents current knowledge on various aspects of ecology, threatening factors, national regulations and spatial planning documentation concerning the Skadar frog and its habitats in the area of the Bojana River Delta, as well as the results of field research and awareness raising activities undertaken during the project duration. Based on all these data, measures for protection and conservation of the Skadar frog and its habitats are proposed in the study.

EnvPro has been a project partner, involved in the project design and some aspects of implementation, supporting also Study report review.

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