Improvement of national and natural park management in the cross-border area
The Albanian Local Capacity Development Foundation (ALCDF) was awarded by the European Commission to implement the project “Improvement of national and natural park management in the cross-border area”. The project is being implemented in the framework of the IPA Cross-Border Programme the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia-Republic of Albania, 2007-2013.
The overall project objective is: Contribution to sustainable environmental development by improvement of protection, management and promotion of natural habitats in the cross-border area between Macedonia and Albania.
The specific objective of the Action is enhanced protection of national and natural parks in the cross-border area between MK and AL.
The Project contributed to achieve these project results:
The project contributed on enhanced management of 3 national parks (Lura in Albania, and Mavrovo, Pelister in Macedonia) and 1 natural park (Korab-Korritnik in Albania) in the cross-border area through GIS system setup for all these Parks and capacity building for their staff on GIS, web-GIS and GPS devices; increased awareness of minimum 2,000 citizens on protection of natural resources in the Parks; Disseminated experience, information sharing among management structures of the protected areas on both sides of the border; and many publications on Web-GIS, promotion leaflets, feasibility study, and best practices on protected area management in the Balkan and EU regions. This action contributed to directly increase staff capacities of 3 national parks (Lura in Albania, and Mavrovo, Pelister in Macedonia) and 1 natural park (Korab-Korritnik in Albania) on their modernization of the management, controlling, information system of the this parks. Also it contributed the creation of a cultural, scientific, educational, tourist and recreational utility for the national/natural parks in the cross-border area. The project partner of ALCDF was National park of Mavrovo on Macedonian part, and local partners were Directorate of Forestry Service in Diber (DFS) and National Federation of Communal Forest and Pasture.