2013

Dragani Lake, Stebleve, Albania

Discover Stebleva

The area of Stebleva is one of the most beautiful mountainous landscapes in the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park, featuring different habitat components such as beach forests, fir forests, glacial lakes, springs, alpine pastures, open fields and agricultural landscapes. Take the hiking trail Fushe Stude - Pyramid 32 and discover Stebleva’s uniqueness.  …  

12 Dec 2013 | Article
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Dr Anila Neziri

A need for continuous monitoring

In this interview Dr Anila Neziri, a researcher from the University of Shkodra, highlights the nature conservation experience of the University, tells us about her cooperation with IUCN’s project water unit and shares her ideas on the improvement of protected areas monitoring. …  

12 Dec 2013 | Article
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B.Pepa and E.Katiaj in SJNP

Few questions to the Animal Ecology Team

Capacity building is one of the main tasks of IUCN’s project. International experts work closely on the ground with project collaborators, who are “learning by doing” while working on data collection and management plans creation. The local collaborators, Mr Bledar Pepa and Ms Eriola Katiaj, members of Shebenik-Jabllanicë Animal Ecology Team share their experiences. …  

12 Dec 2013 | Article
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Buna River mouth in Velipojë, Albania

Strategic Environmental Assessment for Velipojë

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the new spatial plan, which the Velipojë Commune is preparing, will analyze the proposed plan, identify its possible impacts and mark protection/conservation areas. Having a vast experience in this area, the Institute for Nature Conservation of Albania (INCA) is in charge of preparing the assessment and the final report for the authorities. …  

12 Dec 2013 | Article
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Mr Haxhi Collaku

From words on paper to action on the ground

Limited employment opportunities are at the heart of socio-economic and environmental challenges that the communes in the protected areas are facing. Mr Haxhi Collaku, Mayor of Rrajca Commune in Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park shares his thoughts on challenges that life in a protected area brings, and stresses the willingness to support the initiatives that would help address this issue. …  

12 Dec 2013 | Article
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Setting up camera traps in SJNP

Camera-trapping season results

Camera trapping has been used to collect information on wildlife in Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park between May and August 2013. The results are impressive - photos of bear, wolf, fox, marten, badger, Wild Boar, hare, roe deer, Wild Cat and Beech Marten were taken in most of the locations. Two videos of bear and one of a couple of wolves were also recorded in the area of Rrajca, in the southern sector of the park. …  

12 Dec 2013 | Article
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Mount Jabllanica

Return to nature

After last year’s visit to Buna River protected landscape, an official tour of Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park was organized by the project team for the Director of the Italian Cooperation in Albania, Mr Andrea Senatori, expert Mr Giacomo Pides, and Ms Annalisa Vandelli, the communication expert of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This trip was described by participants as a return to nature itself and our origins. …  

12 Dec 2013 | Article
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Screen capture of DOPA Explorer Beta showing data on species and habitat of the Luengué protected area (Angola)

Updated version of DOPA Explorer released

The Beta version of DOPA (Digital Observatory for Protected Areas) Explorer, a key component of BIOPAMA which will provide the technical backbone of the Programme’s Regional Reference Information Systems (RRIS), was released in November 2013. Developed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in collaboration with the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), IUCN, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and BirdLife International, DOPA Explorer Beta is the first web based tool documenting 9,000 marine and terrestrial protected areas that are greater than 150 km2. …  

12 Dec 2013 | Article
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