What We Do

UNDP supports nature conservation that takes into account competing pressures on the environment from socio-economic activity. UNDP works with national partners to support policies for climate change (mitigation and adaptation) at national, regional and municipal levels as well as policies related to renewable energy, and pilot projects to boost the solar energy market. UNDP’s assistance goes to ensure resource efficiency in line with EU 2020 strategy contributing to a low carbon society and green growth. UNDP works to increase marine and coastal protected areas, and strengthen their management. Our efforts also go to ensure compliance with the acquis communautaire in the field of nature conservation bringing the national protected areas in line with the demand of “Habitat” and “Birds” Directives enabling Natura 2000 designations to be integrated successfully into existing protected areas structure. UNDP partners with civil society organizations working in the area of environment providing them with financial and technical assistance for activities that protect the environment and build livelihoods.

Our Goals

Water and air pollution, land degradation/soil erosion, biodiversity losses and waste management are Albania’s key environmental challenges. Rapid urbanization and increasing demand for natural resources has led to increasing depletion and degradation. Disaster risks and climate variability and change pose other threats to Albania making the country more vulnerable to climate change. more

Supporting policies for climate change

UNDP supports nature conservation that takes into account competing pressures on the environment from socio-economic activity.more

Our Stories

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Marsela Bejto, ninth year student at Kozare school, east of Albania. Photo: UNDP Albania

Refurbished schools in Albania bring new educational opportunities

For the first time in nine years Marsela Bejto a ruddy ninth grader who attends school in the community of Kozare, together with 170 other children, can go to school without fearing that her classroom ceiling will collapse.more 

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Guesthouse owner in Theth village being interviewed about the new initiative. Credit: UNDP Albania

Tourists in Theth benefit from solar water heaters

Presently 11 guest houses in the National Park of Theth, which have installed solar water heaters, provide better services to the increasing number of tourists visiting the area.more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Protecting Albania's marine and coastal biodiversity

    The impact of climate change is seen in: rising sea levels, changing ecosystems in lagoons, increased frequency and intensity of floods, introduction of alien and invasive species from warmer regions, and a decrease in some marine and coastal populations of fish and invertebrates.more 

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