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 Green Belt – Albania, FYROM, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey, Montenegro, and other European countries were attending at the event. Albania was represented by the association for the Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA), Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the National Agency of Protected Areas (NAPA).
The Balkan Green Belt is part of the European Green Belt that forms a 12.500 kilometers long pan-European ecological corridor along the route of the former Iron Curtain from the Barents Sea at the Russian-Norwegian border, along the Baltic Coast, through Central Europe and the Balkans to the Black Sea. The Balkan Green Belt aims to conserve this belt with an extraordinarily high level of biodiversity.
The Conference aimed to work on developing a strategic planning process on regional level together with all participants. Different subjects regarding the strategic planning process such as, conceptualizing the model, mapping the existing work along the Balkan Green Belt and brainstorming on project outlines were discussed during this event.
The conference resulted to be very successful and all the knowledge gained and the results will be very useful for the upcoming activities in the frame of this initiative.