Recently, organizations dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity conducted an open lecture for students at the University of Elbasan, Albania. The Coalition of Organizations for Protected Areas hosted the latest lecture, focusing on the theme “The Process and Challenges of Reviewing Protected Areas in Albania.” This educational initiative aimed to inform students and academic staff about the ongoing review of protected areas and encourage academic institutions to actively engage in this vital endeavor.
Key Lecture Highlights:
- Understanding the Impact on Biological Integrity: The lecture delved into the expected impact on the biological integrity of Protected Areas (PAs) as a result of the review process. It emphasized the critical importance of preserving these areas for the sake of 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 covered 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 University of Elbasan served as a valuable educational platform, shedding light on the critical process of reviewing and protecting Albania’s diverse and unique Protected Areas. By engaging students and academic staff, this initiative fosters awareness, knowledge, and active participation in the conservation of the country’s natural treasures. It is a testament to the collaborative efforts of organizations and institutions working together to safeguard biodiversity for 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.