Continuing their mission to raise awareness and educate, organizations dedicated to biodiversity conservation recently conducted an open lecture at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana. The Coalition of Organizations for Protected Areas extended its series of open lectures to both public and private universities in Albania, aiming to inform students and academic staff about the ongoing review of protected areas and foster engagement from academic institutions.
Key Lecture Highlights:
- Understanding the Impact on Biological Integrity: The lecture explored the expected impact on the biological integrity of Protected Areas (PAs) as a result of the ongoing review process. It emphasized the crucial role of preserving these areas for biodiversity and ecological balance.
- The Role of Science in Nature Conservation: Attendees gained insights into the significant role of scientific research and knowledge in the campaign to protect and conserve nature. Science plays a pivotal role in providing evidence-based solutions for the preservation of natural habitats.
- Litigation Strategy in the Review of Protected Areas: The lecture also delved into the legal aspects of the review process for PAs, including the litigation strategies employed to ensure their protection. Legal experts provided valuable insights into this crucial dimension of conservation efforts.
The open lecture at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana, exemplifies the commitment of these organizations to raising awareness and educating the public about the critical process of reviewing and protecting Albania’s diverse and unique Protected Areas. By engaging students and academic staff, this initiative aims to create informed advocates for the conservation of the country’s natural treasures. It underscores the collaborative efforts of organizations and academic institutions working together to safeguard biodiversity and ecological balance for the benefit of present and future generations.
The activities are part of the “NGOs for Biodiversity Conservation” project, supported by #GreenAL. Funding for this project comes from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), with contributions from the Swedish Government. The project is implemented by Co-PLAN Institute for Habitat Development, in collaboration with CISP Sviluppo dei Popoli, VIS Albania, and COSV – Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo.