May is the month of celebrating nature! This year, the National Agency of Protected Areas of Albania (NAPA) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the National Park Shebenik – Jabllanicë, with the support of EU funded Project NaturAl. Three days (18-20 May, 2018) full of activities celebrated the natural heritage of the Park, where the largest wild cat in Europe, the Balkan Lynx, roams.
“NP of Shebenik – Jabllanicë is one of the few examples of how the joint efforts of government, municipality, agency staff, donors and local community create a successful model using the recourses and services of the Park in a sustainable way,” said Zamir Dedej, Director of NAPA in his opening remarks.
The central event of the celebration was the inauguration of the 2nd floor of the Visitor Center in Fushë – Stude realized with the support of the Project NaturAl. “We are investing in visitor centres in protected areas to expose all the values and rich biodiversity of Albania’s beautiful nature and wildlife. Additionally, we are supporting the scientific community by providing them with trainings and research stations, aiming to increase the knowledge base on biodiversity and allow its better control” said Caterina Carugati , Team Leader of the Project NaturAl.
During these three days, being closer to the nature and the local community, all participants enjoyed the celebration of our common heritage and its potentials. Participants experienced guided trekking trail Llangë and exchanged views and information about the Park’s biodiversity during nature education hours. The picnic site for tourists and visitors was inaugurated through the trail already established by RAPA together with 3 Junior Rangers. Besides trekking and biking along the trails the visitors and invitees enjoyed local traditional food.
Each day showcased how the collaboration between the community, NGOs, Administration of Protected Area, the youth and all the actors working in nature conservation can assure the longevity of what is most valuable for all. Protected areas celebrate nature and conserve the resources to continue providing us the ecosystem services crucial to our survival. They are our patrimony that is handed over from one generation to another to sustain lives of everyone.
To see photos from the event go to Gallery.
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