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 ...


From 17-23 May 2015 in Albania took place the "Environmental Film Festival 2015". For the first time during one week several cities of Albania ( Tirana, Shkodra, Përmeti, Puka, Elbasan, Korca and Vlora) hosted "EFFA 2015". The festival was organized by the Ministry of Environment in Albania with the support of the European Union Delegation in Albania with the support of embassies and NGO partners working in the environmental field.

In different cities has been displayed prestigious films from all around the world focused on the environment. The main purpose of ...


PrespaNet social weekend took place in the Albanian side of Prespa Lake on 10-12 July 2015. There were 20 participants from our member organizations who spent the last weekend in Prespa. This socializing event is a traditional one that members of PrespaNet organize every year since the establishment of this environmental NGOs network. This is a very effective way to bring people close to each other and also to clarify ideas and increase productivity.

PPNEA organized and hosted this year’s social weekend in Prespa in which the members experienced the beautiful ...


On Tuesday 07 July 2015 representatives of "Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania" (PPNEA) met in Librazhd with five NGOs beneficiaries of small grants in the framework of the project "Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme" focused on promoting sustainable development in "Shebenik-Jabllanica" National Park. The meeting was facilitated in collaboration with the director of the Protected Areas Administration of Elbasan.

Associations gathered together to share with us their experiences in the implementation of these projects, the results, difficulties encountered and the future challenges. Good level of cooperation between them and ...


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