Although a small country, Albania is very rich in biological diversity. The tremendous diversity of ecosystems and habitats supports about 3,200 species of vascular plants, 2,350 species of non-vascular plants, and 15,600 species of invertebrates and vertebrates, many of which are threatened at the global or European level.
Albania has recently made significant progress in expanding the network of protected areas from 5.2% of the country’s territory in 2005 to 16% in 2014. The 799 protected areas cover about 16% (4,600 km²) of its territory. The majority of them have been designated in the category nature monument (750) and are mostly quite small in size.
The National Agency for Protected Areas (NAPA) is the responsible institution for managing the national system of protected areas in Albania, whereas day-to-day management of protected areas is delegated to 12 Regional Administrations for Protected Areas (RAPAs) as part of NAPA.
Introducing Protected Areas of Albania – a booklet available in the Publications section.
January 25, 2019
Promoting the co-existence of the inhabitants with nature and tourism development with nature protection
January 16, 2019
#AlbanianWetlands photo contest
January 10, 2019
Identifying potential Natura 2000 sites