Publications and reports


The EU Birds and Habitats Directives brochure

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). Learn about EU Nature Directives, Natura 2000 sites designation and management, the network benefits and sustainable development in and around Natura 2000 sites. The brochure originally published in English is now available in Albanian.


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Want to know more about how bats use trees?

Want to know more about how bats use trees?

Check out an amazing poster, created by The Mammal Next Door and Bat Conservation Trust, now also available in Albanian! It is available for download and printing, in several languages.

Bats are protected by the Albanian law and EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives. At the heart of Nature Directives lies the creation of a European ecological network of protected sites, the Natura 2000 Network. Every EU Member country has an obligation to designate Natura 2000 sites to help conserve the rare habitats and species that occur on their territory. Hundreds of bat hibernation roosts are protected today under Natura 2000 and closed to the public. The bats are responding well, their populations in Natura 2000 sites are stable.


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Introducing Protected Areas of Albania

Introducing Protected Areas of Albania

Interested in protected areas? Want to learn what they are and which social, environmental and economic benefits they provide to people and communities worldwide? Who are the Albanian rangers?

This booklet on Protected Areas of Albania will briefly answer your questions! Read through and get inspired to visit different Protected Areas of Albania.

 


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Biodiversity and Protected Areas of Albania

Biodiversity and Protected Areas of Albania

A poster that will support the participation of Ministry of Environment of Albania at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13), 4-17 December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico.


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How effective are Albanian Protected Areas?

How effective are Albanian Protected Areas?

The assessment of 51 protected areas of Albania was conducted using the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) in the frame of the project NaturAL. The highest percentage of poor effectiveness was observed with respect to financial management and budget security, and availability and maintenance of equipment. The highest percentage of excellent scores was reported on the legal status of protected areas and condition of values.

The METT, developed by WWF and the World Bank, follows the IUCN Framework for assessing Protected Area Management Effectiveness (IUCN PAME Framework), mostly focusing on context, planning, inputs and process.

 


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Green Steps Magazine

Green Steps Magazine

The Magazine focuses on nature education that plays a significant role shaping the attitude of new generations in Albania. “Hapat e Gjelbër” (“Green Steps”) is targeting the youth and the general public aiming to increase the knowledge on environmental issues and connect its readers with nature, inspiring love and support for nature and creating nature advocates and defenders.

The magazine is to be published quarterly in Albanian, and its main sections include:

  • Activity (news on the nature and environment related awareness raising action)
  • Protected Areas (introducing Albanian protected areas, their biodiversity and habitat values)
  • Fauna Species (selected amongst those that are found in the featured protected area)
  • Flora Species (presenting Albania’s flora, prioritizing ones with a special conservation status)
  • Albanian scientists and researchers (focus on individuals who have contributed significantly to the foundations of scientific research in the country)
  • Curiosities (Wildlife etiology - introducing animals’ behavior)
  • Vitamin N (suggests very basic experiments that could be done in nature. This material could serve as a supplementary material for school teachers)
  • Simple games
  • Vocabulary – teaching the readers important nature and environment concepts, introduction of the concepts used in the magazine.

The content of the magazine is revised by a scientific editor, and its authors are Artenisa Peçulaj and Erald Xeka.

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Latest news

January 25, 2019

Promoting the co-existence of the inhabitants with nature and tourism development with nature protection

A newly refurbished and renovated visitor centre in Llogara National Park today opens its doors for the tourists and nature lovers. The investment of European Union through its project NaturAL - Strengthening National capacity in Nature Protection preparation for Natura 2000 network - has transformed the Visitor Centre into an innovative point of reference providing comprehensive information on the natural ecosystem as well as its management, through the work...

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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 10, 2019

Identifying potential Natura 2000 sites

Teams of scientists and experts have initiated the work on Natura 2000 sites identification in Albania, applying the participatory ecological method. Their approach and results were introduced to key stakeholders in summer 2018 in Llogara National Park, during the first in a series of workshops. Sites for the Natura 2000 Network are selected on scientific grounds. The first step each EU Member State has to make is the identification of important locations for...

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