Strengthening management capacity            

Robert Cunliffe is currently developing  management plans for the Buna River Protected Landscape and the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park, that are planned to be published within the “Institutional Support for Protected Areas in Albania” project. He is also preparing a handbook guide for the development of protected areas’ management plans. “Albania seems to have already identified an extensive and comprehensive network of protected areas spread across all regions of the country, but, as I see it, there is still a long way to go to make them operational and effective conservation tools, the main requirement being to strengthen management capacity of responsible institutions,” says Mr Cunliffe in his interview... Read more

Exciting results from camera traps!                    

The IUCN wildlife monitoring team has placed 20 hidden cameras all over the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park during the first week of June and the first spectacular results are here presented.  Purchased in the framework of the project “Institutional support for Protected Areas in Albania”, they are helping the team to assess the presence and distribution of the wildlife species in the protected area. The findings will be included in the protected area database being currently developed, used for the management plan preparation, for raising public awareness as well as the long term monitoring of wildlife in Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park... Read more 

The first Environmental Film Festival in Albania                  

Tirana, Shkodra, Korça, Pogradec, Elbasan and Vlora were the six Albanian cities that presented 28 screenings of environmental films in Albania, from 22 to 25 May 2013. This First Environmental Film Festival was organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Water Administration of Albania and the Delegation of the European Union to Albania, in collaboration with IUCN and numerous partners... Read more

Opportunity for sustainable economic development                   

Mr. Valentin Gocaj, Agriculture expert in Commune of Ana e Malit is engaged with the “Institutional support for Protected Areas in Albania” project as a socio-economic local collaborator. He believes that living inside a protected area can be a challenge for the local community. The community needs to take action to protect this area of national importance while at the same time also make wise use of it and its resources for development. “The advantage of being in a protected area is that the protection status allows a well planed and carefully designed development of the area, harmonized at the national level,” says Mr. Gocaj... Read more 

Vegetation maps                  

Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park and the Buna River Protected Landscape are subject to the intensive field work of vegetation data collection using phytosociological investigations to define the distribution and conservation status of the habitats and important plant species. At the same time, the Plant Ecology Unit is developing the Vegetation Map for the whole surface of the two protected areas..Read more 

Water resources in Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park                   

Joining forces within the IUCN’s “Institutional support for Protected Areas in Albania” project, experts are currently assessing the water resources status in the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park. “The first results of our monitoring show generally good chemical status in the majority of sampled water bodies. Some problems occur in the downstream areas, where we can notice effects of the urbanization, the lack of solid waste management system and wastewater treatment plants,” says Matteo Rossi, IUCN’s expert... Read more 

Funding biodiversity conservation in Albania                   

The current Italian-Albanian Development Cooperation Programme includes an innovative instrument of financing: the Debt for Development Swap Program (IADSA). The programme, with a total value of 20 million Euros over the next 5 years, is meant to support the implementation of projects proposed by the concerned public institutions. In this framework, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Albania and the Italian Embassy in Tirana have established the IADSA Management Committee supported by the Technical Support Unit... Read more 
Newsletter #5
June 2013

Festival of Stebleve

IUCN project “Institutional Support for Protected Areas in Albania” and NGO PPNEA promoted nature conservation among local population during the “Traditional Festival of Flowers of Stebleve” held in the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park. Nature, local traditions and culture were celebrated on 6 May... Read more
The eco-museum in the Vjosa valley 

The Vjosa/Aoos river ecomuseum (VAEcoM) will be an interactive open air museum displaying natural and cultural heritage of this cross border area. Once completed it will tell the story of the centuries long interaction between people and environment. The Vjosa/Aoos river ecomuseum will play scientific and educational role, promoting sustainable development of local communities on the Greek-Albanian border... Read more

Photo gallery 

See the IUCN’s Project team at work. The photos that illustrate project activities and field work were taken by Andrea Ghiurghi and Matteo Rossi, in the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park and the Buna River Protected Landscape, in the period 2011 - 2013. Gallery

The Albanian version of this newsletter is available in PDF here

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IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN Programme Office for South Eastern Europe promotes improved governance of natural resources and biodiversity, implements projects and supports initiatives to conserve biodiversity and manage ecosystems for human well-being. Working closely with IUCN Members and Commissions, it shapes regional policy and supports two flagship initiatives: Dinaric Arc Initiative and European Green Belt.

The “Institutional Support for Protected Areas in Albania” project provides support to the Albanian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Water Administration with capacity building programmes for government officials on the management of protected areas. It is 
is funded by the Italian Cooperation. 


Photo credits: Robert Cunliffe, IUCN; Setting the camera traps, IUCN/Andrea Ghiurghi; Environmental Film Festival in Albania, logo; Valentin Gocaj, INCA; Vegetation maps, IUCN/Michele De Sanctis; Matteo Rossi, IUCN/Andrea Ghiurghi; IADSA, The Italian Cooperation Albania; Stebleve, PPNEA; Vjosa valley, INCA.