EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest
A research project funded by the European Union 
Participatory Monitoring Networks in Europe

1. Name of Organisation:
Bird Study and Protection Society of Macedonia
1a. Your e-mail:
brankom@ukim.edu.mk
2. Organisation address:
Zoological Department, Institute of Biology Faculty of Sciences Gazi Baba bb. Skopje, 1000
2a. Country:  
Macedonia
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country yes
A country Macedonia 
Other countries
4. When did your organisation start?
1989
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
1-10
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
Yes
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
More than 1000: 1117
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
Yes
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
We like an oranization are very scarcely supported by Europe through some proejcts and we are having not so much to offer our members. For instance apart of contunualy ask for suporting of our jurnal nobody express readiness to suport its publishing etc etc. Without suport it is difficult to attract and keep memebers. The number what is given obove is number of the whole organziation together with all local NGO in Macedonia.
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Species
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
Habitats Wetlands, mountain habitats, lakes, rivers
Other
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
Visiting the place and registering the situation - numbers, condition of habitat, pollution level of etc.
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
No
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
No
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
No
14b. Internet address of report(s):
http://
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
Yes
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
No
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 10 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 80 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 10 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
3-5 years
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
Situation with species and habitats throughout of Macedonia - depends on which local NGO volunteers belong as we have 6 local NGO s in different parts of Maceodnia
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
No
21. If no, please explain why
Lack of financies and lack of any european support !!! We do not have any approach to the EC funds. Only "political" NGOs have such approach. If we like to approach they are looking for us to have finished some big projects with hundreds of thousands of Euros and the only posibility of getting such projects are from the European Commission. SO we are even not in position to start to apply- we are trapped by Eu. tricks.
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
People simply like nature in Macedonia.
23. What methods does your organisation use to recruit volunteers?
Articles (newspapers, magazines etc.) Advertisements in newspapers, magazines etc.
Internet/e-mail Invitations sent through the post
Word of mouth Open days, workshops, activity days
Radio/T.V. Other
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
No
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
Less than 25%
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
No
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
Yes
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
Central office of BSPSM is equiped and has lot of older data from many regions so we just collecting new data in order to control the current situation so if some species is difficult to find and in former period was very common ( in the same day and time of the day and under similar conditions )etc.
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
Yes
Additional comments:
Europe should open the borders especialy to environmental issues. Instead of that the EU is making them higher and higher. So people from poor countries are having no appropriate approach to European funds and programmes, they are just some contributors and volunteers and in case of Macedonia or Balkans where is concentarted the highes amount of species due to being a very important refuge during the glaciations and where still exists all large carnivores, all raptors, many endemic plant species and communities ( which are by the way quite various and complex what is not the case with northern Europe) and apart of all the previous said we are fenced by financial borders and obstacles to contribute and help to Europe to turn back some of its former natural heritage !!!
 

 
 Contract number: 006463