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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January 16, 2019

#AlbanianWetlands photo contest

The contest takes place on NaturAL Facebook page (@NaturaAlbania) from 16 to 27 January 2019. To enter, share a photo from Albania, in one of the following three categories: 1. Waterbird, 2. Wetland and 3. Threats affecting wetlands, on Facebook using the tags #AlbanianWetlands, #KeepWetlands and #IWP019 and @NaturaAlbania. Show us why are wetlands important? Why should we care about the Albanian wetlands and birds that live/rest there? What is threatening...

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January 9, 2019

The EU Birds and Habitats Directives brochure

To conserve Europe’s natural heritage, the European Union has put in place two important pieces of legislation, the EU Birds and Habitats Directives (EU Nature Directives). Their overall objective is to ensure that the species and habitat types they protect are maintained, or restored, to a favourable conservation status throughout their natural range within the EU. At the heart of both Nature Directives lies the creation of a Europe-wide ecological...

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December 8, 2018


A full day of activities dedicated to nature protection and promotion of Albania’s Protected Areas at EU Winter Fair organized in Berat where EU Member States’ embassies, EU funded projects in Albania and civil society organisations joined the celebrations. Albanian Protected Areas were part of this event supported by NaturAl project. The staff of Regional Agency of Protected Areas (RAPA) from Berat joined the tent of NaturAl project, together with...

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