Halfway there: towards a management plan for Albania’s protected areas
01 February 2013 | News story
What can protected areas do for people and nature? IUCN's project in Albania is working towards developing effective management plans to protect and conserve Albania’s beautiful nature while improving human well-being. Read about the latest project achievements in the new issue of the Advance Albania Newsletter.
The Buna River management plan aims to secure the preservation of the riverine forest, the regulation of fishing and hunting activities and better law enforcement. The Shebenik-Jabllanicë plan is expected to focus on safeguarding the forest ecosystem, and local forest and agriculture products labelling. The Shebenik Jabllanicë National Park and the Buna River Protected Landscape are pilot sites where IUCN is working towards nature-based solutions to development challenges.
Tiziana Giuliani, socio-economic expert, and Michele De Sanctis, plant ecology expert, share their thoughts on the data collection process, its importance and the challenges it brings. The elaboration of protected areas management plans requires the use of quantitative data, and the experts are therefore working on the databases creation for the two project sites, in collaboration with local administrators and managers.
IUCN, the Albanian Ministry of Environment and other important stakeholders in the country recently gathered to set the standards for the protected areas management plans elaboration and to define the creation of a national database on biodiversity and protected areas.