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Exploring Society “Ursus Speleos” – Skopje (IDUS) is a non-governmental organization founded in 2001. Its core business is speleology as an interdisciplinary science, and also taking activities for caring, promotion and maintenance of the environment, encouraging initiatives and activities that contribute to the protection, maintenance and improvement of the environment, with particular emphasis on karst areas.

IDUS is a member of Macedonian Speleological Federation (member of IDUS is the president of the federation), Macedonian Federation of Mountain Sports, Speleological Federation of the European Union (member of IDUS is a federation delegate), Balkan Speleological Union (member of IDUS is in the Presidency), Tourism Chamber of Macedonia. For these organizations IDUS has organized more speleological camps (Slatina 2002, Slatina 2003, Slatina 2004), speleological exspeditions (Peshna 2007), as well as organizing the 2010 Balkan Speleological Meeting in the territory of the protected area "Jasen."

IDUS works closely with many governmental and nongovernmental organizations such as Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Institute of Biology, Institute of Geography, Institute of Chemistry), Centre for Crisis Management, JPUZPP "Jasen" , Macedonian Red Cross, Macedonian Ecological Society, Ecological Society "Treska" and others. With these institutions IDUS has achieved several activities, such as publishing papers (there are attached a list of published papers), logistical support for researching of speleological objects in nature monument canyon “Matka”, promotion of alternative tourism on Tourism Fair- Ohrid 2010 and etc..

As a result of specific issues which IDUS deals with and the qualified expertize of the team members, IDUS is actively involved in activities related to preparation of relevant reports and studies related to assessment of human impact on the environment, strategic assessment of the impact, analysis of protected areas , analyzes related to speleology and more. Below are listed some of the activities, reports and studies prepared by the Exploring Society "Ursus Speleos - Skopje:
- Report on existing infrastructure equipment and measures to improve the situation of the cave “Sharkova Dupka” (at the request of the National Park Mavrovo);
- Report on existing infrastructure equipment and measures to improve the situation of the cave “Samotska Dupka” (at the request of the National Park Galicica);
- Opinions about the impact of quarry on the environment and speleological buildings in the village Belica (Makedonski Brod) (at the request of MEPP Sector - Nature);
- Promote alternative travel tour through the protected area "Jasen";
- Study on the validity of the cave “Slatinski Izvor” and its surroundings as a monument of nature (at the request of MEPP Sector - Nature);

List of papers published by members of IDUS:

1. Cave Studen Kladenec. III congress of geography, Skopje, 2005.

2. New informations about the underground karst forms in the central parts of the Republic of Macedonia. No.3/4, 55-66, Skopje, 2007.

3. Degradation of underground karstic forms in Porecje Basin. 3 congress of ecologists of Macedonia, Struga, 2007.

4. Categorization of caves in the Poreche Basin. Bulletin of physical geography. No. 5, 137-143, Skopje, 2008.

5. Cave Ramnishte. Bulletin of physical geography. No. 5, 127-136, Skopje, 2008.

6. Science explorations of Ovcarska Cave from 1928 till today. IV th Europian Speleological Congres, Vercors, 2008.

7. Hole Jasika and its intend. Bulletin of physical geography. No. 6, 91-97, Skopje, 2009.

 

List of projects and significant activities:

- “e-speleo manual"
Contact: Federation of Mountain Sports of Macedonia - Prof. Dr. Jovica Ugrinovski
e-mail: contact@fpsm.org.mk, tel. / fax 3165-540
 
- “Speleological facilities as part of global information"
(in collaboration with Macedonian Speleological Federation)
Contact: E-Macedonia Foundation - Slave Mladenovski
 e-mail: slave.mladenovski@mt.com.mk
 
- "Study for precipice Jasika”- physic-geographical and biospeleological research of the precipice and its usable values"
contact: JPUZPP "Jasen" - Mihail Malahov e-mail: info@jasen.com.mk
 
- "Study for precipice Srt”- physic-geographical research and opportunities for valorization of the precipice”
 Contact: JPUZPP "Jasen" - Mihail Malahov e-mail: info@jasen.com.mk
 
- “Feasibility study for tourist valorization of Jasen "
Contact: JPUZPP "Jasen" -
Mihail Malahov e-mail: info@jasen.com.mk
 
- "Guide about mountains and mountain huts in Macedonia"
(in collaboration with the Federation of Mountain Sports of Macedonia)
Contact: Federation of Mountain Sports of Macedonia - Prof. Dr. Jovica Ugrinovski
e-mail: contact@fpsm.org.mk, tel. / fax 3165-540

 

Specific list of projects:

- "Study for precipice Jasika”- physic-geographical and biospeleological research of the precipice and its usable values"
Contact: JPUZPP "Jasen" - Mihail Malahov e-mail: info@jasen.com.mk
 
- "Study for precipice Srt”- physic-geographical research and opportunities for valorization of the precipice”
Contact: JPUZPP "Jasen" - Mihail Malahov e-mail: info@jasen.com.mk
 
- “Feasibility study for tourist valorization of Jasen "
Contact: JPUZPP "Jasen" -
Mihail Malahov e-mail: info@jasen.com.mk

 
Contact:

Skopje Phone: ++ 389 2/ 5201147

Exploring Center Slatina Phone: 070/317-825

e-mail: contact@ursusspeleos.com.mk

 

 

 

 
 
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