PPNEA in framework of the project "Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Green Belt Albania” on 3 October 2015, in Prrenjas city has developed the first workshop of "Threats and the Human Activities on Rrajca Beech Forest Conservation”. This project is supported by the Federal Agency for Nature conservation with funds of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety”.
It was the first workshop of a series of four that will help to raise awareness, to identify the main threats and usage of these beach forest, optimizing the protected area management of the Shebenik-Jabllanica National Park focused in Rrajca.
In this event a selected group of 15 local stakeholders, including local NGOs, forestry service and local administration representatives participated. These people, will form the core of capacity building element within the predicted series of workshops.
The main purpose of this workshop was to define the activities traditionally or not in the Rrajca Beech Forest nominated to be part of the UNESCO Nature Conservation. There has been made two presentations according to the agenda. First Mrs. Sandra Wigger, the Project Manager part of the Euronature Foundation, presented the project aims and the benefits of the area will profit by getting the UNESCO status. The second presentation was done by Mrs. Ajola Mesiti the local coordinator about the values and the biodiversity of Rrajca and Shebenik-Jabllanica National Park.
The participants discussed about three main topics:
1. Work on list of usage/threats in the project areas
2. Identify reasons for the usage/threat
3. Discussion about the possible solutions to the list of usage/threats.
The main outcomes from this workshop discussions were summarized and then reported. This information are very important for the further workshops and actions of the project.