News and Announcements

June 16, 2017
Launching 'Protect the beauty' campaign

Visit to the Karaburun-Sazan National Park

Through EU funded project NaturAL, Italy is supporting Albania’s protected areas, unlocking their great potential for the development of sustainable tourism as a key tool to improve socio-economic life of the local communities in the country, under the motto “Protect the beauty”.  

On June 14th and 15th 2017, a delegation from the National Agency of Albanian Protected Areas (NAPA) and the NaturAL project accompanied the Ambassador of Italy to Albania, Mr. Alberto Cutillo, the representative of Italian Cooperation in the Balkans, Mr. Nino Merola and EU Delegation to Albania officials, on a visit to the National Park Karaburun-Sazan, where NAPA’s Rangers are active in protecting natural resources, biodiversity and the amazing landscapes.

During their visit, the authorities toured some of the nature monuments the area offers and also paid a visit to the Information Centre in Radhime, Vlora. 

During the meeting with Vlora Regional Agency of Protected Areas staff, participants discussed the potential to strengthen management capacities of protected areas’ staff and looked at necessary interventions for specific sectors including infrastructure, equipment, conservation of priority habitat and species, and biodiversity monitoring.

Environmental protection is a crucial condition for sustainable development of Albania, on its path towards the European Union integration.

Promoting National Park Bredhi i Hotoves – Dangelli in Permet

The next stop of the “Protect the beauty” awareness campaign launched jointly by the NaturAl project and the NAPA, took place on the 12th and 13th July. His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy to Albania, Mr. Alberto Cutillo, the representative of Italian Cooperation in the Balkans, Mr. Nino Merola and the EU Delegation to Albania Program Manager Mr. Antoine Avignon paid a visit to the National Park Bredhi i Hotoves – Dangelli in Permet. 

Known for large areas covered by the Macedonian Fir Hotovë - Dangëlli National Park is rich in biodiversity and offers plenty of attractions for tourists, transforming the Park into a point of interest for foreign and domestic tourists.

Accompanied by local rangers, the team learned about the crucial role they play in protecting the park and promoting its beauty to visitors. So far the NaturAL project has invested in supporting rangers’ managerial capacities through trainings and by providing equipment, in order to ensure better guidance of the park.

The Italian Ambassador and EU Delegation to Albania representatives expressed commitment for further support to protected areas, strengthening the national capacity in biodiversity conservation, improving the knowledge and experience of protected areas staff and raising awareness of the general public with special focus on youth education in environmental protection and valorisation. 


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