What is Protected Area?

Protected areas (PA) can take on many different forms, such as national parks, wilderness areas, community conserved areas, nature reserves and privately owned reserves. According to IUCN, “A protected area is a clearly defined geographical space, recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.”

Beginning of the 20th century, there were only a handful of protected areas in the world, although many have existed for generations. Over time they have been recognized as a mainstay of biodiversity conservation as well as contributing to people’s livelihoods. Today, there are approximately 200,000 protected areas in the world, which cover around 14.6% of the world’s land and around 2.8% of the oceans.

Protected areas provide a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits to people and communities worldwide. They are a tried and tested approach that has been applied for centuries to conserve nature and associated cultural resources by local communities, indigenous peoples, governments and other organizations.

More than instruments for conserving nature, protected areas are vital to respond to some of today’s most pressing challenges, including food and water security, human health and well-being, disaster risk reduction and climate change.

As the world continues to develop at a rapid pace, pressure on ecosystems and natural resources intensifies. Protected areas, when governed and managed appropriately and embedded in development strategies, can provide nature-based solutions to this pressure, and take their place as an integral component of sustainable development.

Protected areas...

  • ... provide drinking water to one in three of the world’s 100 largest cities;
  • ... store the same amount of carbon as the tropical rainforests;
  • ... keep us healthy by being the source of clean air and water, as well as new medicines;
  • ... help reduce the risks and consequences of extreme events such as floods, storm-surges, drought and sea-level rise;
  • ... enhance food security by boosting fisheries and preserving wild relatives of crops; and
  • ... provide homes, jobs and livelihoods to millions of people around the world.

IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme

IUCN WCPA Best Practice Guidelines


Latest news

December 8, 2018

EU WINTER FAIR – CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH NATURE

A full day of activities dedicated to nature protection and promotion of Albania’s Protected Areas at EU Winter Fair organized in Berat where EU Member States’ embassies, EU funded projects in Albania and civil society organisations joined the celebrations. Albanian Protected Areas were part of this event supported by NaturAl project. The staff of Regional Agency of Protected Areas (RAPA) from Berat joined the tent of NaturAl project, together with...

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November 9, 2018

A new Training Center in Kukës

 A newly renovated training center at the Regional Administration of Protected Areas premises in Kukës now welcomes environment experts, officials, young people passionate about nature and Korab – Korritnik Managed Nature Reserve and school children.  It was inaugurated on November 9th 2018 among representatives of local communities, NGOs, NAPA, RAPAs, Ministry of Tourism and Environment and NaturAl project. The rehabilitation of the offices...

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September 18, 2018

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR RAPA COMMUNICATION OFFICERS FINALIZED

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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