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Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 220529928

Urgent conservation issue for the Albanian Saddle Bush-cricket (Uromenus dyrrhachiacus)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 220529928) - Albanian Saddle Bush-cricket - Awarded $5,000 on February 01, 2023

This project will cover only the urgent actions to save the species. When completed, we will have a better vision of the situation and threats and how to mitigate these threats with identified stakeholders, and we will ask for a next step project after.

Urgent actions are:

1- Get an accurate status of remaining populations in this restricted area. Free access area, military area and new port area have to be studied accurately.

2 - Start an ex-situ breeding to save the species from extinction because habitat destruction are currently running fast in this area and we must have enough individuals to repopulate habitat when recovered.

3 - Find motivated local actors from environmental NGO of Durres and train them to find the species, the layed eggs and to be able to displace individuals/eggs in case of urgency. They will have to find and contact the appropriate stakeholders to avoid or mitigate the threats.

Project 220529928 location - Albania, Europe