Modeling distribution and macrohabitat requirements as a tool for protection of Bulgaria's herpetofauna
Bulgaria is amongst the top biodiversity hotspots in Europe, including its amphibian and reptile species. It also has one of the most extensive networks of protected territories (covering about 33% of the territory). In the meantime, threats such as loss of habitat, fragmentation, invasive species, poor law enforcement threaten our biodiversity. To complicate things further, we still lack a lot of information on diverse topics such as taxonomy, basic biology, or distribution of many of the 58+ species. To partially alleviate these problems, we have been involved in modeling the distribution and macrohabitat requirements of multiple species. I will briefly present some of the results from various projects in which we have evaluated the sufficiency of the existing Natura 2000 network for the target species, considered potentially invasive chelonian species, assessed potential habitats within SCIs that should be prioritized when developing management plans, identified potential contact zones.
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