Albania has been relying on a fully dedicated structure for the management, administration and development of the Protected Areas for two years now. By 2015 Albania counted about 800 Protected Areas in their various categories, yet their management with all the proper components was missing. Work over the course of two years should focus on a general study of the state of these protected areas based on key elements of their ecosystems and services. Ecosystem - service, here the focus should be on the work of an administration created with the greatest challenge to convey the message properly; Protected Areas are Not Prohibited Areas, but areas where the community can provide lasting income on time.
Yet the path towards which the Protected Areas standards seek to go will have to go through some steps that will first fill the legal framework and then clarify the responsibilities and staff tasks. The detachment of the administration of protected areas - this is the “core” of the Law on Protected Areas that is expected to be adopted, which relies inter alia on two main aspects: the financial autonomy of the Protected Areas and the generated revenues go to 100% for development of these areas.
In this line, this study visit served much to identify the steps for community development through various inclusion policies as the only way to ensure the standard of management of protected areas by protecting their ecosystems and the result of the services they offer by reaching in the other hand the measurement of the value of these services through income generated in the community.
So far the staff of the National Agency of Protected Areas has been involved in many trainings and study visits in the framework of capacity building and development. The experience gained from this study visit will serve to the staff of the Administrations and to the National Agency of Protected Areas to identify and develop steps to increase and improve the standard of management of protected areas.
This study visit was organized by the National Agency for Protected Areas in partnership with the Neusiedler See - Seelwinkel National Park with the support of the NaturAL project.
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