Drin Day 2016
Raising awareness among local communities
on the importance of sustainable management for the Drin River Basin

Following its successful organization in 2014 and 2015, the 3rd Drin Day was celebrated on 5 May 2016to sensitize a wide range of local stakeholders on the critical value of the Drin River Basin and its ecosystem services in the local communities’ everyday quality of life and economic activity. About 1.5 million people rely on the basin’s freshwater resources for drinking water. They also rely on economic activities that use Drin’s water such as ...

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PPNEA’s representative took part in the "Balkan Green Belt Regional Conference 2016” which took place between 13 and 16 April in Baile Herculane, Rumani. The event was organized by German foundation EuroNatur, IUCN and the hosts from the Explorers Speleological Association, Romania, in the frame of the project "Protecting Biodiversity in the Balkans - Strengthening cooperation along the Balkan Green Belt", which is financially supported by the German Federal Environmental Foundation. 50 participants from different governmental institutions, non-government organizations, science and research institutes of the nine countries along the Balkan ...

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The second phase of the programe started very successfully and we have visited four Primary schools within Shebenik-Jabllanica National Park. 

The outdoor education specialist from PPNEA, Klaudja Koçi facilitated the organization process of the education visits to the schools in the Shebenik region and assisted the working group in all the steps of the process, including the visits in the schools. 

On 12 April, the student group of the Ambassadors from ‘’Sali Halili’’ High school in Rrajca together with the PPNEA staff, the National Park  and Agri-En representatives visited the Primary school ...

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PPNEA in the frame of the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programe 3rd phase is carrying out a research study on assessing the biodiversity values of Munella Mountain area, located in Puke-Mirdite region. Munella Mountain area is a very well known for being an important habitat for the survival of a critically endangered species, Balkan Lynx, and is the only habitat in Albania where Balkan lynx are known to occur in the form of a sub-population (5-6 individuals).

Currently, a group of experts is working on assessing the biodiversity values of Munella Mountain ...

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One of the most familiar birds in the world is declining, but rather than being concerned let’s celebrate the swallows of our neighborhood, because they give a great start for young people to care about conservation.
Swallows are small, beautiful birds with dark, glossy-blue backs, red throats, pale underparts and long tail streamers – so-called ‘swallow tail’. They are extremely agile in flight and spend most of their time flittering around us catching insects.

Barn Swallows used to breed in caves, but now almost always nest in the eaves of buildings – ...

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Our life in a wetland!
Primary school students from across the transboundary Prespa basin show us what the wetland looks like through their eyes
In a symbolic activity the children of transboundary Prespa have shown us their world in miniature. Children from primary schools in the three countries created scale models of each of their sides of the wetland, ultimately aiming to join the three models together, allowing the children to show us transboundary Prespa as a whole.

The activity was prepared by PrespaNet, the network of environmental organisations (SPP, MES, PPNEA), on ...


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 The Act4Drin Alliance comes as a direct follow up of the Act4Drin project, a project funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership and run exclusively by NGOs under the lead of MIO-ECSDE. Act4Drin with the support of NGOs in the region has implemented a series of activities seeking to raise public awareness, enhance knowledge and empower NGOs to protect and conserve freshwater ecosystems in the Drin River Basin.

The Act4Drin Alliance concretely displays the mutual trust, solidarity and strong commitment built among NGOs in the region towards the protection of the natural ...


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PPNEA organized on 23rd of January 2016 in Librazhd city, the second workshop on "Natura2000 and biodiversity conservation”, as an activity in the framework of Balkan Lynx Recovery Program III. 

The 2nd workshop on Natura2000 had three main objectives:
 a) To increase awareness of the new technologies available and the possibilities for increasing the effectiveness of monitoring and Natura2000 site management (Important in case of Albania with current situation of limited capacities).
 b) To showcase best practice examples of species and habitat monitoring.
 c) To provide recommendations for the integration of monitoring and management.
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The Association for Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA) and Albanian Society for Protection of Birds and Mammals (ASPBM) raise the issue for the continuous and escalating violations of the hunting moratorium which has become evident during the last months. The field monitoring groups/teams of these organizations and their network members in different regions of the country have inspected and proved an intensification of the illegal hunting cases, especially during the period November 2015-January 2016.

The two year hunting ban in Albania entered into force in March 2014 ...

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