The transnational "Peaks of the Balkans Trail” leads through one of the most remote and wild mountainous regions of the Western Balkans shared between Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. A quote in the New York Times effectively explains this: "The Peaks of the Balkans Trail, literally links Muslim, Catholic, and Orthodox enclaves, as well as Slavs and numerous Albanian tribes in three adjoining national parks, each showcasing the border region’s inestimable beauty.”
 
To explore this thrilling corner of earth, Todd Walters Executive Director of the US based NGO International Peace Park ...

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This year's Biodiversity Day (22 May) came with a great educational activity for Balkan lynx! The lynx team at Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania organized an excursion in Munella Mountain, the main shelter of Balkan lynx in Albania with the newly formed group of Lynx Ambassadors from Rreshen high school in Mirdita, teachers and local collaborators.
 
Walking in nature, acquaintance with natural values of Munella Mountain and role-play on lynx biology, ecology and its protection were special moments and emotions. Thanks to the Balkan lynx ambassadors and ...

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PPNEA team was invited in the Tirana Green Drinks where every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions. Our experts Klaudja Koci and Bledi Hoxha shared with participants their positive experience on the Balkan Lynx Ambassadors education programme as an important component for Balkan lynx (critically endangered species) protection in Albania.
 
Moreover, Klaudia Koci as a coordinator of Prespa Net, highlighted the importance of cross-border cooperation between three countries Albania-Macedonia-Greece for protection and promotion of natural and cultural values in Prespa. The Dalmatian Pelican, ...

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A pilot training course in bird identification was held in Albania for the period 9-13th of May in relation to the World Migratory Bird Day. The event was organized under the joint efforts of the Association for Protection and Preservation of the Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA) and the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) / BirdLife Bulgaria, in the frames of the CEPF project "Land of Eagles and Castles”.
 
The course was taught by a lecturer from the BSPB and consisted of three days theory and two ...

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Association "JONA”, Sarandë being granted by PPNEA within the CEPF founded project "Land of Eagles and Castles”, is implementing a small grant aiming to inform and raise pride of local communities about the high natural values of the National Park Butrint. On the focus of this project are 10 schools of the area. Association "JONA” in close collaboration with the Directorate of Education, Sarandë, National Park Authorities and other stakeholders are implementing different environmental education activities, and on the new study year all pupils will find in the walls of ...

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Our bird conservation team member Oresta Saliaj and our volunteer Denada Ziu participated in the "Balkan Anti-poison Workshop” that took place in Papingo, Greece along 25-26th of May 2015. The workshop aimed to increase the awareness and existing know-how on the matter of illegal use of poison baits, essential for the conservation of the last pairs of Egyptian vultures in the Balkans.
 
The problem of poison has been identified in Greece as the number one threat for the survival of the species in the country, and it is also known ...

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On 7-8 May 2015, PrespaNet member organizations met together in Mariovo, of Macedonia for their 3rd Annual meeting. 

The network of three environmental NGOs, (SPP, MES and PPNEA) reviewed the last year’s activities and actions and discussed about its progress. From last year and up to now, PrespaNet recognizes some good achievements, such as:
 
A  Draft document for a Transboundary Strategy Framework for Prespa lakes 
The  Strategic Platform Meeting in February 2015, in Greece with network members and the participation of Frankfurt Zoological Society, Euronatur, Kora, Plantlife and Save Foundation. 
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Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania has participated in the conference Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe in Donau-Auen National Park, Hainburg, Austria on 28-31 May.

This event was organized by IUCN and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), in conjunction with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, and the Donau-Auen National Park.

In this conference participated more than 200 experts from all over the world and it build on the outcomes of the IUCN Parks Congress 2014, held in Sydney in November ...

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On 23 May 2015 is celebrated the Day of Shebenik Jabllanica National Park. This event was organized by Administration of Protected Areas in Librazhd with the support of Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA).

In this event participated the Minister of Finance, Mr. Shkelqim Cani, National Agency of Protected Areas Director, Mr. Zamir Dedej, Mayors of the Local Communities and representatives of local NGO-s and inhabitants of Stebleva. 

In honor of this day it was organized a fair with local products and with traditional dances were part the Children ...

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