World Rangers Day 2018 was celebrated on 31 July in a special event organized at the Great Park of Tirana with the participation of rangers and their counterparts from Swiss and Croatian Rangers Associations and National Agency of Protected Areas staff with the support of EU funded project NaturAl.
The Albanian rangers, guards of Albanian protected areas, celebrated on this day their first victory announced at the event by the Minister of Tourism and Environment Mr. Blendi Klosi in his greeting remarks. “We won our first battle for preserving the nature. The Albanian Administrative Court decided in our favor, to annul the contract for the construction of two hydro power plants in Osumi Canyons, thus protecting the natural heritage in that area”, said Minister Klosi.
Minister Klosi praised the efforts rangers put in the protection and preservation of our natural heritage and echoed their important role in raising awareness on nature protection among citizens.
The event also celebrated the first Junior Ranger Programme implemented in Albania with NaturAl project support. Only during this year, 109 youngsters joined the program serving as multipliers of rangers work. The staff of Regional Administrations for Protected Areas shared their experiences from this programme aiming at raising awareness among young generations and educating future protectors of Albania’s natural beauties. At the end of the event, Minister Klosi gave certificates to the young rangers who completed successfully this programme.
During the official part of the discussions Mr. Genci Kacori, Chair of Albanian National Parks Association presented the achievements of the first year of the association’s establishment and challenges that lie ahead, focusing on increasing rangers’ capacities, through the implementation of twinning projects with their counterparts in Europe.
Mr. Niklas Gӧth from Swiss Rangers Association and Mr. Branko Štivić from Croatian Ranger Association shared their experiences on ranger’s work and the need for reinforcing their status. All the present held one minute silence to commemorate those rangers all over the world who have sadly paid the ultimate price, losing their lives, at the forefront of conservation.
To see photos from the event go to Gallery.
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