Albania towards NATURA 2000

Albania lies across two bio-geographical regions, the Alpine and the Mediterranean, and encompasses four eco-regions: the Illyrian deciduous forests, the Pindus Mountains mixed forests, the Balkan mixed forests and the Dinaric Mountains mixed forests. To protect its rich biodiversity and valuable natural resources the Albanian government has protected 16% of its territory. At present 56 protected areas exist in the country covering range of IUCN categories.

Nevertheless the Albanian system of protected areas is facing challenges, posed by the low level of investments in the infrastructure of protected areas, lack of equipment and the need for increase of technical capacities of the protected areas’ managers. As other developing countries, Albania is confronting a fast development. New roads and infrastructures, dams, hydro power plants, oil reservoirs and mass tourism infrastructure are meant to increase the economy of the country, whilst posing a serious threat to environmental protection.

To help address these issues, the project NaturAL will invest in protected areas and initiate process of establishment of Natura 2000 network. Strengthening the national capacity in biodiversity conservation, the project NaturAL will improve the knowledge and experience in protected areas planning and management, promote partnerships among national, regional and international organisations, build linkages among research institutions, share experience and promote education and awareness raising of the general public, eco-tourism development, and branding of local products.

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May 1, 2019

Llogara-Karaburun-Orikum-Mt. Cika – a model for Natura 2000 in Albania

In the process of joining the European Union, candidate countries such as Albania, must transpose into their national legislation the requirements of the Birds and Habitats Directives, the two legal pillars of Natura 2000 network. This process has been initiated in Albania within NaturAL, through consultative workshops with national biodiversity experts and participatory exercise with stakeholders and groups of interest that resulted in a preliminary list of...

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April 17, 2019

Atlas 'Bats of Albania' published

Supported by the EU funded project NaturAL and led by Philippe Théou, rangers and experts from the Regional Administration of Protected Areas were monitoring the bat species occurrence in protected areas of Albania for several years, to understand them better and to assure more effective management of their habitats. The newly published Atlas: Bats of Albania summarizes the results of their work that confirms the importance of Albania for bat conservation in...

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April 17, 2019

Towards Natura 2000 in Albania

Natura 2000 is the centrepiece of EU nature policies - the largest coordinated network of protected sites in the world. In Albania, the national network of protected areas covers 18% of the territory. Despite being on a steady rise, the Albanian system of protected areas is facing numerous challenges and threats, stemming from the country’s fast development in recent years. To help address these issues, NaturAL project partner organizations and experts have...

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