Teams of scientists and experts have initiated the work on Natura 2000 sites identification in Albania, applying the participatory ecological method. Their approach and results were introduced to key stakeholders in summer 2018 in Llogara National Park, during the first in a series of workshops.
Sites for the Natura 2000 Network are selected on scientific grounds. The first step each EU Member State has to make is the identification of important locations for those species and habitats present on their territory, resulting in the list of Proposed Sites of Community Interest (pSCI). Prof. Tommaso Sitzia and Vito Emanuele introduced this process to the workshop participants and shared the results of the work of experts that were identifying pSCI in Karaburun – Llogara - Mali i Çikës, within the project NaturAL.
Prof. Petrit Hoda and Michele De Sanctis explained their methodology and preliminary results regarding the distribution of plant habitats and species of community interest, summarized in a list of 19 pre-identified important locations.
Philippe Theou and Erald Xeka informed the participants about the 125 pre-identified animal species of community interest for the same area, 62 of them listed under Habitat and Bird Directives and other being species with high protection level or of importance for conservation. The experts used this opportunity to introduce key species and their importance, and risks and threats they face.
With an aim to identify a series of possible conservation actions the experts and representatives of the local community marked the natural values on the map, as well as the potential threats, through the participatory exercise. The field work of S&E Team will continue and the involvement of the local community is considered to be of critical importance for the success of the process.
To see photos from the workshop go to the Gallery.
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