The project NaturAL aims to halt the loss of biodiversity in Albania through improved management of its protected areas and setting basis for the future implementation of European Natura 2000 network. Protected areas are the cornerstones of nature conservation and often the most reliable way to conserve the diversity of ecosystems. Albania has made significant progress in expanding the network of protected areas from 5.2% of the country’s territory in 2005 to 16% in 2014. Despite this remarkable process, the investments in the protected areas, in particular infrastructure, equipment and technical capacities of protected area staff, have been inadequate.

The project’s full title is: Strengthening national capacity in nature protection - preparation for Natura 2000 network, and it will:

  • implement management plans in at least five protected areas, and
  • prepare a preliminary list of Natura 2000 sites. 

In order to achieve these results on the national level, the project NaturAL relies on close cooperation with Albanian authorities and creates synergies with the actions of the Italian Development Cooperation (IDC) in Albania as well as with other organizations and institutions working on environmental issues in the country. The preliminary list of Natura 2000 sites will be prepared in view of its future submission to European Commission by the competent Albanian authorities, contributing in this way to the alignment of the country’s regulatory framework with the EU environmental acquis.

The foreseen activities centre on developing and implementing a comprehensive capacity building programme for protected areas staff, and realization of specific actions concerning infrastructure, equipment, conservation of priority habitat and species, and biodiversity monitoring. Protected area managers will also be trained and assisted in developing project proposals for future financing under the EU programmes.

The project NaturAL aims to inform, communicate and educate the young people, protected area visitors, local communities, nature resource managers and all the interested on the importance of nature conservation in Albania and the role of its protected areas. Its ultimate goal is to raise general awareness and inspire the public to get involved with nature protection. 

The focus is put on five protected areas:

  • Lake Shkodra Managed Nature Reserve;
  • Korab-Koritnik Managed Nature Reserve;
  • Divjaka-Karavasta National Park;
  • Tomorri Mountain National Park; and
  • Bredhi i Hotoves-Dangelli National Park.

In addition, limited actions will be realized in:

  • Buna River-Velipoje Protected Landscape;
  • Dajti Mountain National Park;
  • Shebenik-Jabllanica National Park;
  • Vjosa-Narta Protected Landscape; and
  • Llogara National Park.

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September 18, 2018


Fourteen newly appointed Communication officers from Regional Administrations of Protected Areas (RAPA COs) in Albania received the certificate after successfully completing the training programme on “Professional development programme for RAPAs” supported by the EU funded project NaturAL in partnership with the National Agency of Protected Areas of Albania. RAPA’s CO were trained on communication principles, interviewing, presentations...

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