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Final METT assessment of five protected areas in Albania

Final METT assessment of five protected areas in Albania

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Implementation of management plans in five protected areas in Albania_analysis and recommendations

Implementation of management plans in five protected areas in Albania_analysis and recommendations

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Small terrestrial mammals of Albania by Bego et al. 2018

Small terrestrial mammals of Albania by Bego et al. 2018

The number of species known in Albania has increased (at present 31 species, of which 9 species of Eulipotyphla and 22 species of Rodents), almost reaching the potential number of small terrestrial mammal species in the country (36 species) according to the literature review of species distribution in the countries around Albania (Bego et al. 2008). However, in spite of the progress made, the presence and distribution range of five species (Talpa europaea, Sorex alpinus, Neomys fodiens, Arvicola amphibius, Microtus arvalis) in Albania remain to be verified in the coming years. Read the paper published by Ferdinand Bego, Enerit Saçdanaku, Michela  Pacifici and Carlo Rondinini.


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The forest communities of Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park by Michele De Sanctis et al. 2018

The forest communities of Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park by Michele De Sanctis et al. 2018

Forests of Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park are characterized by striking β-diversity in a small area. While they are often heavily exploited at lower altitudes, the construction of the roads is additionally threatening the Park. The old growth beech forest (UNESCO World Heritage site), the Balkan Pinus peuce forests and the marginal population of Pinus heldreichii deserve careful monitoring and protection.


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Biodiversity National Network of Albania (BioNNA) Article by Michela Pacifici et al. 2018

Biodiversity National Network of Albania (BioNNA) Article by Michela Pacifici et al. 2018

The Biodiversity National Network of Albania (BioNNA) has been created to aggregate occurrence records of plants and animals and aims at becoming the most relevant source of information for biodiversity data as far as Albania is concerned. In this paper, the authors detail structure and data of BioNNA, including the process of data gathering and aggregation, taxonomic coverage, software details and WebGIS development. BioNNA is a milestone on the path towards Albania’s inclusion in the EU and has also a relevant potential social relevance for improving people’s awareness of the importance of biodiversity in the country.


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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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May 27, 2019

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May 1, 2019

Llogara-Karaburun-Orikum-Mt. Cika – a model for Natura 2000 in Albania

In the process of joining the European Union, candidate countries such as Albania, must transpose into their national legislation the requirements of the Birds and Habitats Directives, the two legal pillars of Natura 2000 network. This process has been initiated in Albania within NaturAL, through consultative workshops with national biodiversity experts and participatory exercise with stakeholders and groups of interest that resulted in a preliminary list of...

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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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