Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS)

In the last twenty years, Albania has undertaken an important path towards political and economic stabilization, the consolidation of democratic institutions and a progressive economic growth. Witnessing this political and economical development, the Italian Cooperation has reformulated its programme, aiming thus mostly at supporting the European integration process of Albania and identifying priorities and strategies for the adoption and implementation of the acquis communautaire, as stated in the New Italian-Albanian Protocol od Development 2014-2016.

In order to foster social and economic development, Italy adopts a multi-sectorial approach, implementing projects that touch several areas of intervention. The Italian Cooperation applies both bilateral and multilateral agreements, supporting at the same time NGO's projects and the decentralized cooperation.

Italian Agency for the Development Cooperation (AICS) ensures overall coordination, management, monitoring and reporting on the project. Provides technical support to activities and promotes coordination and synergies with Albanian institutional and international partners in the field.


International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of 1,300 member organisations and some 15,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being. As a partner of project NaturAL IUCN provides technical support in relation to protected areas, capacity building, visibility and communication.


Italian Botanical Society (SBI)

A non-profit organization founded in Florence in 1888, SBI is taking its origin from the Societa' Botanica Fiorentina, the oldest botanical association in Europe. It has been responsible for the Italian Ministry of Environment since 1996, through the long lasting “BioItaly” project, for the preparation of the national Natura 2000 network, which entailed the identification of habitat and species listed in the EU Habitats and Birds Directives and the subsequent delimitation of the boundaries of the Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and Special Protection Zones (SPZ) at the national level. In 2013 SBI has been appointed by the Italian Ministry of Environment to assess the state of conservation of all the Natura 2000 habitats and endangered species of Italy. The assessment has been conducted by collecting information on the distribution of habitats and species as well on the current trends in area and population respectively. For the action, SBI will coordinate a team of relevant international experts (botanists, zoologists and GIS experts) from some of the major Italian scientific institutes and universities. SBI is project NaturAL’s partner working on Natura 2000 and the production of habitat maps coordinating the work of botanists and zoologists at international and national level.


Ministry of Environment (MoE)

Ministry of Environment of Albania develops and proposes policies, strategies and action plans for environmental protection and management, in view of sustainable development, the improvement of quality of life and the promotion of European Union accession. This mission is being accomplished through participation, promotion and coordination of activities for the long-term development and prosperity, the protection of natural resources and the public awareness raising.


National Agency for Protected Areas (NAPA) and Regional Agencies for Protected Areas (RAPA)

Founded in 2015, National Agency for Protected Areas is responsible for management, protection, development, expansion and operation of the protected areas in Albania. NAPA and RAPA have duties and responsibilities imposed by environmental legislation and the ministry responsible for protected areas, and the most central are (a) management of protected areas and habitats under national laws and international conventions and agreements; (b) promotion and support to the collection and dissemination of information, environmental education and public awareness for protected areas and (c) development of sustainable economic activities within protected areas.


The 40 months long project NaturAL is co-financed by the European Commission, relying on the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance program (IPA 2013).

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