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Atlas: Bats of Albania

Atlas: Bats of Albania

Several years of fieldwork and data collection confirm the importance of Albania for bat conservation regionally. Summarizing the results, this Atlas offers a general introduction of bats with a specific focus on the 32 species of bats so far recorded in Albania.


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Achieving reduced biodiversity loss in Albania

Achieving reduced biodiversity loss in Albania

Initiated in 2015, at the time of the establishment of the National Agency of Protected Areas of Albania, NaturAL provided a strong push and instrumental support to the improvement of management of protected areas of Albania. Four years later, it is time to reflect on its achievements.

 


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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

April 17, 2019

Atlas 'Bats of Albania' published

Supported by the EU funded project NaturAL and led by Philippe Théou, rangers and experts from the Regional Administration of Protected Areas were monitoring the bat species occurrence in protected areas of Albania for several years, to understand them better and to assure more effective management of their habitats. The newly published Atlas: Bats of Albania summarizes the results of their work that confirms the importance of Albania for bat conservation in...

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April 16, 2019

Brochure: Achieving reduced biodiversity loss in Albania

Initiated in 2015, at the time of the establishment of the National Agency of Protected Areas of Albania, NaturAL provided a strong push and instrumental support to the improvement of management of protected areas of Albania. Four years later, it is time to reflect on its achievements. 2015 and 2019 assessments of protected areas indicate the increase of protected areas management effectiveness from 34 to 58%. The implementation rate of respective management plans...

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March 25, 2019

Dajti Mountain Visitor Centre - another milestone for Albania’s Protected Areas

A new Visitor Centre is welcoming tourists and visitors at the “Natural Balcony of Tirana”, one of preferred destinations for everyone that visits the capital of Albania. “Preserving natural resources and raising awareness about the rich biodiversity of Albania is fundamental for the development of a more environmental-friendly tourism model and culture. The kind of tourism that builds on nature conservation to support sustainable...

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