In the framework of the United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity, which this year has the slogan “Biodiversity and tourism”, the GIZ project “Conservation of agro-biodiversity in the rural Albania” and the EU funded NaturAL project, in collaboration with in line institutions, organized various activities aimed at promoting protected areas in Albania and raising awareness on the conservation of the biodiversity in urban and rural areas of the country.
Since early in the morning many citizens passing by the Pedestrian area of Tirana, enjoyed the photographic exhibition of picturesque, tourist and vibrant areas of the wonderful Albanian nature. More than 50 photos will be exposed until 16:00, while environmental and agriculture experts will deliver information about protected areas in Albania. The area dedicated to children will offer various games and quizzes, with the aim of educating and raising awareness on the importance of the protected areas. This year the International Day for Biological Diversity coincides with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The team leader of NaturAL project Mrs. Caterina Carugati stated that: “Protected areas are essential for sustainable tourism development that improves the social and economic life of local, especially rural communities. We should take care of this extraordinary natural potential that Albania offers", - said Carugati.
The exhibition and all the activities will remain available at Pazari i Ri from 16:00 until 20:00, with the aim of bringing people closer to nature and its extraordinary values. In such joyful atmosphere, many visitors also enjoyed the traditional cooking of these areas, prepared by master chef Bledar Kola. Documentaries and films about tourism and protected areas were shown in the pedestrian area. The aim of these activities intended to address the message about the Albanian natural resources conservation to politicians, law makers and citizens.
According to the official data the number of tourists in the protected areas increased from 400000 in 2015 in more than 1.56 million tourists in 2016.
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