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November 10, 2017

Natural capital of Albania. Protected areas and sustainable tourism.

In a unique event called “Doors of Tomorrow”, that took place from 1 - 8 November in Tirana, the Italian Development Cooperation in Albania gathered Government representatives, donors, local community members, entrepreneurs and environment civil society representatives to discuss the enormous natural potential for sustainable development in Albania. 

The call for nature - environmental capital of Albania, Protected areas and sustainable tourism side event, organised by the NaturAL project, brought into attention the benefits coming from the protection of the environment and good practices of sustainable tourism developed in Albania. 

Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in the Western Balkans, Nino Merola, regards the country’s natural resources as the main attractions for foreign and domestic investors.  Today the tourism market is oriented towards unique and undiscovered markets – a great potential Albania should take advantage of. 

The event facilitated a public discussion during which participants learned about joint efforts of funding institutions and those responsible for preserving the rich biodiversity of Albania,  turning natural capital into a development resource and the potential to generate income for local communities. Participants stressed the need for stronger public awareness in Albania about the benefits of natural heritage and local traditions and their potential to ensure economic development and sustainable tourism. 

The event sent strong and powerful messages for the need to protect and enhance natural resources and capital of Albania while encouraging policy makers, central and local government representatives, as well as public entities, to focus on the development of tourism and environment protection as tools for development of local livelihoods. 

Present at the event Mr. Kai Nagel Programme Manager for Environment and Climate Change at the Delegation of the European Union to Albania, stressed that through NaturAl project interventions the EU is investing in protection, management and promotion of Protected Areas in Albania. 

Watch the livestreming of the event here. 

See photos and other events organised as part of AICS Doors of Tomorrow.

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