The training on Transboundary Protected Areas, conducted by IUCN Programme Office for South Eastern Europe in cooperation with IUCN WCPA members, was held in Shkodra, Albania, 12-13 September. The training was given to representatives of Local Action Groups (LAGs) from Albania and Montenegro residing in the area of potential three lateral transboundary protected area of Bjeshkët e Namuna/Prokletije Mountains.
Based on practical experiences, the participants were introduced to modern transboundary protected areas concepts and approaches with an emphasis on governance, management, financing, administration and tourism. Lively discussions in work groups resulted in valuable feedback which will be further utilized to set basis for transboundary cooperation agreement between the two LAGs.
The training was led by IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) members – Michael R. Appleton, Alois Lang (Public Relations and Ecotourism Department of Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel National Park, Austria), Martin Šolar (Director of Triglav National Park, Slovenia) with the contribution of IUCN Secretariat and local experts. The training was organized in the frame of “Environment for People in Dinaric Arc” project implemented jointly by IUCN, SNV and WWF, and financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
For further information please contact Tomasz Pezold, IUCN SEE.