Conservation and Compliance: A Case Study of Illegal Logging in Kosovo's Newest National Park

Authors: Meghan Little*, Ohio University
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Land Use, Europe
Keywords: national park, logging, compliance, conservation, Balkans
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This research investigates the social, political, and economic drivers of illegal logging in Kosovo’s national park, ‘Bjeshkët e Nemuna’. With a global average of 32 million acres of forest loss each year, national parks and other protected areas have become the main mechanism worldwide for forest conservation and protection. However, a closer look at these areas often reveals challenges with illegal logging, undercutting the work of conservation efforts. I use Bjeshkët e Nemuna as a case study to examine why logging continues despite environmental regulations and the implications for Kosovo and the broader conservation movement.

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