A new Visitor Centre is welcoming tourists and visitors at the “Natural Balcony of Tirana”, one of preferred destinations for everyone that visits the capital of Albania.
“Preserving natural resources and raising awareness about the rich biodiversity of Albania is fundamental for the development of a more environmental-friendly tourism model and culture. The kind of tourism that builds on nature conservation to support sustainable development,” stated Ambassador Soreca during the inauguration ceremony.
“Dajti Visitor Centre is the seventh centre built around Protected Areas in Albania. They are serving not just as information centres but as communication bridges which will support sustainable tourism development,” said Minister of Tourism and Environment Blendi Klosi.
The EU funded NaturAL Project has supported the realization of the educational exhibits in the Visitor Centre. This newly opened space will also serve to strengthen the collaboration between the rangers and the local community by promoting the culture and products of the park and enhancing its management effectiveness, bringing Albanian Protected Areas closer to the global and European standards for nature protection.
Dajti Visitor Centre stands out as an example of long-term vision and investment that will ensure that nature conservation goes hand in hand with the sustained livelihoods of communities living adjacent to the park. It will promote the development of sustainable tourism by showcasing local values, products and tradition as well as nature beauties and recreational facilities.
Through the NaturAL project, the EU has invested around 130,000 euros in Dajti National Park – acknowledging the importance of the park for Albania and the country’s significant contribution to European and global biodiversity. Dajti Visitor Centre is the 3rd centre the project has invested in during the past 4 years aiming at strengthening national capacities in nature protection, and preparing Albania to join the Natura 2000 network, the key instrument for biodiversity protection in the European Union.
To see photos from the event go to the Gallery.
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