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.
January 25, 2019
Promoting the co-existence of the inhabitants with nature and tourism development
January 16, 2019
#AlbanianWetlands photo contest
January 10, 2019
Identifying potential Natura 2000 sites