Students developed an innovative trap to track and protect lynx in North Macedonia

15 March 2024
Students developed an innovative trap to track and protect lynx in North Macedonia
Leaders for Education, Activism and Development - LEAD

Skopje, 12 March 2024: A group of university students in natural and technical sciences, in coordination with the Macedonian Ecological Society, set up three prototype traps for catching lynx in the National Park – Mavrovo.

The design of the trap was selected as the winning solution of the UNICEF supported Innovation Camp, where young people worked on developing innovative solutions to track and protect lynx - an endangered species on the verge of extinction. The prototype trap helps to safely catch the lynx and put a GPS allowing ecologists to collect accurate and detailed data on their movements in real-time.

”When young people work on creative and innovative solutions related to the environment and climate change, they build green skills and awareness that we are all interconnected. Humans, animals and plants are part of the eco-system, which is under threat from climate change and harmful human activities," said Patrizia DiGiovanni, UNICEF Representative. “I believe that this initiative will enable young people to become active agents of change and creative professionals who have the skills to foster innovation, creativity, collaboration, and inquiry.”

"Students have shown understanding of the challenge and with their knowledge and commitment in the past few months have expressed a desire to contribute to the preservation of the environment," said Ivan Jovanov, Executive Director of the association Leaders for Education, Activism and Development.

The aim of the Innovation Camps is to encourage innovative ideas on climate action and environmental protection; enhance collaboration between the young people and the private sector to support the sustainability of their innovative ideas for climate action and environment protection and empower them to advocate for their innovative projects to get support and be recognized in the municipality and wider community.

The Innovation Camps are part of the programme "Innovation Camps in cooperation with the Experiential Learning Network" implemented by the association Leaders for education, activism and development (LEAD) in partnership with UNICEF and with financial support from Sweden.

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