Nowadays, the ”Divjaka – Karavasta” National Park it has become an interesting attraction not only for Albanian visitors but also for foreign visitors that come to see and enjoy the amazing beauty of the area: natural area with seaside pines, isolated beaches and convenient nesting place for seabirds. 

Therefore, the Association for Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA), in collaboration with the Administration of Protected Areas – Fier, has finally finalized the construction of the new bird - watching tower in the area of the Park. The bird-watching ...


The Balkan Lynx Newsletter is the voice of the "Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme”.
The newsletter summarises all information related to the work done for the preservation of Balkan lynx in the range countries.
In the latest newsletter you can find the below information regarding all the activities implemented during the past few months:

Lynx in Kosovo!
Balkan lynx evidence from the Albanian Alps
Fourth deterministic camera-trapping survey in Mavrovo NP
Intensive camera-trapping survey in Puka-Mirdita and Kukës regions
Field activities in southern Kosovo
Camera-trapping in Montenegro
Update from the field - Bjeshkët ...


The Dutch Mammal Society, assisted by the association for Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA), with the local support of the Regional Administration of Protected Areas – Elbasan has implemented an ecological summer camp in the Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park entitled "Methods and techniques for monitoring and inventory of mammals”. The main aim of the ecological summer camp was to carry out an assessment of the current situation of small mammals in Shebenik Jabllanice National Park and to extend and exchange knowledge and share experiences. 

The camp was leaded ...


Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is the most common tree species in Albania. Beech forests occur at 800 to 1600 m elevation in northern Albania, from 1 000 to 1 800 m in the middle part of the country and from 1 200 to 1 900 m in the southeastern part of the country. They provide important wildlife habitats for various sensitive species such as bear, wolf, fox, wild boar, marten and Balkan lynx.
The Gashi forests of Lumi i Gashit Strict Reserve and Rajca Forests of Shebenik Jabllanica National ...


A sad news coming from the field. In the late evening of 22 July, PPNEA has received signals from locals in the village of Lure, Diber, that the rare Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) staying there, has died because of the collusion in electric lines.
Referring to the locals, this individual has been found in bad conditions more than one year ago closed to a dumping site in the village of Lure, Diber and has been taken and feed for around one month, and afterwards released in the wild. However, even ...


Sensational news from the Albanian Alps! PPNEA has been notified by Catherine from Journey to Valbona about a photograph of a Balkan lynx individual taken by a local touristic guide in the region of Thethi. The photo is extraordinary also because it has been taken with a mobile phone. Besides proving the presence of lynx in the region, it also shows the growing enthusiasm among tourist operators about the potential of wildlife as an great natural resource.
Ardit - the local guide who took the picture - tells PPNEA about ...


With the number of visitors increasing in the National Park of Butrinti, it has also started to operate for the second consecutive year, the "Traditional Flavor” Eco-business supported by PPNEA and BSPB within the CEPF founded project "Land of Eagles and Castles”. This Eco-business is run by the local NGO "AJMMI” in collaboration with the Authority of National Park Butrinti and the Albanian National Authority of Food, branch of Saranda.
This year, the number of local women involved and obtaining revenues from this business is raised to Twelve. The "Traditional ...


Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA), in collaboration with National Coast Agency and Commune Qendër – Vlorë, thanks to the financial support of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) have opened a new tourism office in the area of Protected Landscape "Vjosë-Nartë”. The office is opened from 1st of July 2015 and will operate along all the touristic season. The tourism office in Narta, currently represents the only office of this kind in the whole district of Vlora. This office, ...


Local NGO "Social Education & Environment Protection” (SEEP) in collaboration with NGO "Ekolevizja” are implementing a small project entitled "Developing Eco-diving in Albania as a Touristic Activity”. The grant for this initiative has been allocated by PPNEA within the CEPF financed project "Land of Eagles and Castles”. The southern coast of Albania has been estimated to hold high potentials for developing diving tourism. Despite this, diving as a touristic activity stands very little developed in the country. The general aim of this small project is to develop diving as a ...


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posted by Mindi Greenberg 06.04.17