Advance Albania Newsletter

Advance Albania                   

What can be done to help Albania—a country of rich natural wealth but where many people struggle to make ends meet? One plan under way is to get the country’s national parks and other protected areas to support the needs of people as well as nature. Despite its small size, Albania has a rich biological diversity and over a third of the country is covered in forests—home to wolves, bears, lynx, wild boar and many more species... Read more

INTERVIEW with Mr. Andrea Senatori, Director of Italian Cooperation in Albania                    

In this interview, Andrea Senatori, Director of the Tirana office of the Italian Cooperation, shares his thoughts on the vision of the Italian Cooperation’s work in Albania and on the project “Institutional Support for Protected Areas in Albania” implemented by IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe. Mr. Senatori talks about the environmental challenges in the country and what is crucial for the successful implementation of the project... Read more 

INTERVIEW with Dr. Pëllumb Abeshi, Director at MoEFWA                   

Professor Dr. Pëllumb Abeshi, Director General of Environment Policies at the Ministry of Environment Forest and Water Administration (MoEFWA) in Albania talks about opportunities, expectations and implementation of the “Institutional Support for Protected Areas in Albania” project. What was the reason for choosing the two protected sites targeted by the project? The two sites were selected considering the overall system of protected areas in Albania... Read more

Joint planning for protected areas                   

The first quarter of 2012 saw the first phase of the preparation of the management plans for the Buna River and Surrounding Wetlands Protected Landscape, and the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park in the framework of a project led by IUCN in Albania. An open discussion between stakeholders and experts resulted in the assessment and modelling of the key ecosystem conservation and community development dynamics of the two sites. The workshops produced a thorough and clear picture of the main management issues for each protected area... Read more 

IUCN welcomes a new NGO member in South Eastern Europe                   

Preservation and Protection of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA). Its membership application was approved during the 77th Meeting of IUCN Council. Joining IUCN brings an added value to the work of Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment of Albania (PPNEA) on the promotion of common standards and best practices in conservation and sustainable development in Albania, always striving to effectively support grassroots conservation action... Read more 

Discover the Buna River Protected Landscape                   

The river Buna/Bojana, located in the South Western Balkans, is an important river in the Mediterranean. The Buna/Bojana Delta contains the most important wetlands in the Eastern Mediterranean and covers an area of 19,000 ha. Recognizing its importance, in 2005 the government of Albania (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Water Administration) established this biologically rich area as a Protected Water and Terrestrial Landscape, placing it under the management of the Shkodra Forestry Service Directorate... Read more 

Promoting local food and traditions in Shebenik- Jabllanicë National Park                   

The Woman’s Society of Librazhd has been granted a small project by the Lynx Recovery Program Phase II, micro projects component to increase the role of women in the promotion, conservation and enhancement of values in Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park.
The Society has selected 45 women from six Communities including Stebleva, Letmi, Librazhd Qender, Hotolishta, Qukes and Rajca, to receive specific training and organize a small fair dedicated to local food and traditional costumes on 15th December in Librazhd... Read more 
Newsletter #1
June 2012

Presenting the IUCN Team                   

Tomasz Pezold
Ecosystems Project Officer in Belgrade, Serbia

Andrea Ghiurghi

Project Manager in Tirana, Albania

Sonila Lechwacki

Project Manager Assistant and Accountant in Tirana, Albania

Brochure: For a sustainable future

Although relatively small in size, Albania has a rich biological diversity and almost 27% is covered in forests – home to wolves, bears, lynx, wild boar and many more species. The country has recently significantly expanded its network of protected areas, doubling it between 2005 and 2009 from 5.8 % to 12.5 % of the total land area of the country.
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Crossing borders for nature publication available in Albanian and Macedonian

This publication aims to further raise awareness about the value of transboundary conservation, highlighting the many benefits transboundary cooperation generates, while not neglecting the challenges and problems parties encounter when they engage in transboundary initiatives... Read more
The Albanian version of this newsletter is available in PDF here

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Programme Office for South Eastern Europe © 2012. All rights reserved.

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 Initiativeand 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: Prokletije- Bjeshkët e Namuna (Albania), IUCN/T.Pezold; Andrea Senatori Director of Italian Cooperation in Albania, IUCN/Liza Drius; Pëllumb Abeshi Director at MoEFWA, IUCN/Liza Drius; Velipojë Protected Landscape, IUCN/Aleksandra Nesic; Jablanica Mt, Metodija Velevski, Macedonian Ecological Society; Pinus heldrachii gjallice, Albania, PPNEA; Buna River Protected Landscape, IUCN/ Aleksandra Nesic; The Woman’s Society of Librazhd, PPNEA; Protecting water and terrestrial landscape of the Buna River, IUCN/Aleksandra Nesic.