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May 22, 2016
Lake Shkodra is a source of life

The income for the communities around the lake comes mainly from agriculture and farming, livestock rising, and tourism. Fishing provides for the lives of many villagers located by the lake. NaturAL project marks the International Day for Biological Diversity in Shkodra Lake Nature Reserve inviting the local communities to celebrate and respect the lake, with the motto Lake Shkodra as a source of life, on the occasion of Environmental Film Festival Albania.

Regional Administration for Protected Areas in Shkodra in collaboration with the Municipality of Shkodra, Local Environmental NGOs and the Fishing Association with the support of the NaturAL project will involve and engage through various activities kids, youth and families to contribute to biodiversity protection and preservation in our country. “Each of us has to become more responsible and respect the environment since the environment ensures our survival” – said Caterina Carugati NaturAL Project Team Leader.

Along the pathway of Shiroke in a festive atmosphere, stands are set up for kids - thus giving colors to Biodiversity, for youth - shaping the idea of Biodiversity through exhibits of relieve models made by the children from schools of Velipoje and stands for teens and adults discussing and generating ideas about Biodiversity. Local NGOs will present their activities and involvement in environmental conservation and sustainable use of resources. Bicycle tours to the lakeshore will be offered by some of the NGOs, and local initiatives related to boat tours and guided walks around Lake Shkodra Managed Reserve.

These activities are aiming at promoting the importance of the Shkodra Lake Nature Management Reserve and raising awareness on the crucial role of the protected areas in securing ecosystem services like healthy food provision.

“By halting biodiversity loss we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being. Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. This year, we want to raise awareness on the links between protected areas and sustainable use of resources, and the value of healthy nature for a balanced development “ – said Carugati.

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