Celebrating the International Biodiversity Day in the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park, Albania

The International Day for Biological Diversity was joyfully celebrated through a series of activities in the Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park.

Discussion with EU Ambassador at this year's International Biodiversity Day © PPNEA

In the framework of the project “Protected Areas for Nature and People”, PPNEA organized the second meeting for 2021 of the Management Committee of Protected Areas Elbasan. The meeting was attended by all the members of the Committee, including the representatives of local institutions, protected areas administrations, as well as the local community. During the meeting, the participants discussed about the action plan, aiming to generate new elements needed to be taken into consideration. At the end, an official signing of the new regulation was carried out by the Head of Elbasan County and the Regional Director of Protected Areas.

The meeting was combined with the celebration of the 13th anniversary of the Shebenik-Jabllanicë proclamation as a National Park. This event was attended by the Member of Parliament Mr. Taulant Balla, the Minister of Tourism and Environment Mr. Blendi Klosi, as well as the Director of the National Agency of Protected Areas Mr. Zamir Dedej, who held the opening remarks about the natural values of Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park. The local community joyfully presented the products of the area, such as dairy products, meat, fruits, as well as drinks.

The event was attended also by the Ambassador of the European Union in Albania, Mr. Luigi Soreca, who discussed about the constant support provided by the European Union for the protected areas in Albania. At the end of the celebration, representatives of PPNEA took a walk with Mr. Soreca and discussed about the project “Protected Areas for Nature and People”, the overall situation with the protected areas in Albania, as well as, the government’s plan for constructing an airport in the Vjosë-Nartë Protected Landscape.

PPNEA expresses their gratitude to all the participants, especially to the organizers of the event, namely the Regional Administration of Protected Areas Elbasan, the local NGO Agri-En and the representatives of local authorities.


Olsion Lama, PPNEA, Project Manager “Protected Areas for Nature and People”: o.lama@ppnea.org 

Link of the publication: https://ppnea.org/2021/05/26/celebrating-the-international-biodiversity-day-in-shebenik-jabllanice-national-park/ 

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