Through joint efforts and activities, the world's most famous nature conservation association and the world's most famous series of mountaineering events are helping to preserve the endangered species of Balkan lynx.
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. ” - the famous statement of Gary Snyder, an American poet, essayist, and environmental activist, also known as the "poetic laureate of deep ecology". Of course, most would agree with this statement, yet many do not fully understand it, nor put it into practice. We take care of our home and all the things in it, but do we take care of our second home, Mother Nature, and the "things" in it - the precious flora and fauna?
One of the most active advocates of nature conservation is the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), a global nature conservation organization that operates in more than a hundred countries on six continents and has protected nature's future for 60 years, creating a world where people live in harmony with nature. It actively works on the preservation and restoration of biodiversity, as well as on the reduction of the human ecological footprint and on ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources, with the aim of equal access to these resources for present and future generations. To maximize impact and ensure a positive future, WWF often joins forces with charities and NGOs.
Based on similar values, and especially the common care for nature that we leave to future generations as a legacy, a commendable collaboration between WWF and HIGHLANDER, the most famous series of mountaineering events in the world, was created. The two were linked by concern for the conservation of the Balkan lynx, which is one of the most endangered cats in Europe. There are only between 20 and 40 of them in the entire habitat; it lives mainly in the forests of Northern Macedonia and can be found in both Kosovo and Albania. Therefore, they are working diligently on changes to the hunting law in Northern Macedonia, encouraging the re-proclamation of the Mavrovo (where the lynx is most often found) as a national park, as well as the adoption of a management plan that will better protect this endangered species. Through a joint donation campaign, WWF and HIGHLANDER want to improve the monitoring of the Balkan lynx, which is why they plan to buy special cameras to record its movements and help them monitor Balkan lynx populations, which will greatly benefit them in further conserving this Eurasian lynx subspecies, completely abandoned and forgotten, on the verge of extinction.
"Because of the values we share, we are convinced that cooperation with HIGHLANDER is the ideal way to communicate and act for a common goal - the protection of flora and fauna. HIGHLANDER promotes adventure in nature, and it certainly wouldn't be so special if it weren't for protected areas where individuals can enjoy the pristine natural balance. Man in harmony with nature is the motto of WWF, and that is exactly what HIGHLANDER promotes. " - points out Nataša Kalauz, executive director of WWF Adria
“We feel that HIGHLANDER has become a movement that has the power to influence the way an individual thinks and resonates. That power comes from the HIGHLANDER community and all those who have attended or will attend our events. Working with WWF gives this power direction and teaches us how to engage effectively and where it is most needed, while at the same time providing an opportunity to educate about nature and all its riches, which as such are the greatest value of all HIGHLANDER events. WWF is one of the world's largest and most reputable independent nature conservation organizations, supported by nearly five million people, so we are extremely proud of our collaboration. We truly believe that through cooperation with WWF, the HIGHLANDER community will be activated and contribute to the efforts to keep the lynx a resident of its natural habitat in Croatia and the region in the near and distant future. " - pointed out Jurica Barać, one of the founders of HIGHLANDER.
It is important to note that all those interested can also get involved in this wonderful action and donate funds to save the endangered species of Balkan lynx, via the following link: https://bit.ly/2UbQvU0.