The national biodiversity data is available as of October through the website of Biodiversity National Network of Albania (BioNNA). This is an important step toward preparing Albania for Natura 2000 by ensuring biodiversity data are collected following standard protocols, stored and available to the scientific community, decision makers and planners, eco-tourists and the general public.
While Albania hosts a rich biodiversity heritage, the corresponding biodiversity data in the digital form is still limited. The situation will change now with the introduction of the BioNNA, as it will assure proper organization of biodiversity data and its accessibility. “By organizing the relevant data through BioNNA we will contribute to the elaboration of policies and strategies, strategic assessments and identification of intervention priorities, both at global and national level,” said Andrea Ghiurghi, IUCN ECARO’s Project manager.
This database is developed through a strong synergy of the projects NaturAL and Institutional Support to the management of Protected Areas in Albania, in close cooperation with the National Agency for Protected Areas (NAPA) and the Ministry of Environment (MoE) in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of biodiversity data gathering and analysis in Albania. The database will initially include the biodiversity data of Shebenk-Jabllanice National Park and Velipoje Protected Area, and it will be further enriched by the introduction of detailed biodiversity status of the five primary protected areas of NaturAL. “This very important synergy between the two projects allows an improved use of collected biodiversity data and it will significantly contribute to the identification of the Natura 2000 sites in Albania, one of the main objectives of the project NaturAL,” said Caterina Carugati, NaturAL Team Leader.
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