Enhancing Financial Sustainability of the Protected Areas System in Albania

What is the project about?

The Government of Albania (GoA) has established the National Agency of Protected Areas (NAPA) in 2015 through the Decision of the Council of Ministers 102, date 4.2.2015 as a public state budget entity subordinate to the Ministry of Tourism and Environment (MoTE). The establishment of this agency would, over the long-term, result in a significant improvement in the overall management effectiveness of the country’s system of protected areas, currently covering 460,060 ha of marine and terrestrial habitats.

The UNDP project in partnership with MoTE and NAPA contributes to long-term objective to (i) secure sufficient, stable and long-term financial resources for protected areas; (ii) allocate these resources in a timely manner; and (iii) ensure that the protected areas are managed effectively and efficiently with respect to conservation and other complementary objectives. NAPA operates with funding from the state budget through MoTE, donors, and other legally determined sources.

Therefore, the  project was designed to assist the GoA in reducing existing funding gaps for the system of protected areas, improving the management of individual protected areas, improving cost-efficiencies in individual protected areas and building the financial management capacities of protected area staff in the NAPA etc. The project has two main pillars: (i) build the financial management capacities of the agency responsible for administering the system of protected areas; and (ii) demonstrating the efficacy of different financing strategies in a sub-set of individual protected areas.

The implementing pattern of the project addressees Component 1 which focuses on strengthening NAPA to effectively plan, secure and administer funds for the protected area system. The main outcome of this component is  the development of a national planning framework for the protected are system, through increased financial management capabilities of the NAPA and mobilization of funding at the protected area system level from different financial strategies in a sub-set of individual protected areas.

The other constituent of the project is component 2, through which are implemented a suite of mechanisms to improve revenue streams in individual protected area with the main focus on three National Parks: (i) Dajti National Park; (ii) Divjaka-Karavasta National Park; and (iii) Llogara-Karaburun protected area Complex.

What have we accomplished so far?

    • The National Planning Framework is developed with the aim to formulate (i) An overarching medium-term Strategic Plan for the institutional development of the NAPA, and (ii) A medium-term Financial Plan for the protected Area System.

    • Baseline assessment for the current knowledge of the biodiversity, natural and socio -economic values, financial analysis features and its conservation status and trends in the Dajti National Park. This is is a crucial prerequisite for its effective management, protection and development of the business plan.

    • Baseline assessment on management structure and resource mapping of the Divjaka-Karavasjta Protected Area. 

    • Business plan for Karaburun-Sazani MPA, Llogara National Park, Divjaka – Karavasta National Park and Dajti National Park are finalized. These planning instruments provide clear picture of the financial needs that must be met in order to conduct management plan activities and introduce potential revenue sources to help meet those needs. 

    • The trainings on business planning, financial gap assessment and financial METT are conducted with key staff of the NAPA, and at least 3 persons from each of the pilot areas and representatives from other areas (25 in total).  

    • Important management support and logiostica assiatanbe is enabled support all three pilot sites, Dajti NP, Divjak – Karavasta NP, Llogara - Karaburun complex.  Juniors are hired to assist the Visitor Center in the pilot sites. Several education and awareness and information activities has been designed and organized in both areas involving local stakeholders and inhabitants. Interventions are taken for trekking paths, information tables, assistance with equipment, etc.

    • A study on the potential of introduction of a water conservation levy for Bovilla Reservoir, as a potential Payment for Ecosystem Services mechanism is completed. 

    • Landscape studies, analyses, planning, and design of most prominent landscape facilities, in compliance with conservation & management expectations; are under development for Llogara National Park and Dajti National Park.

Who finances it?

The project will be implemented over a period of four years. The total cost together with partner managed co-financing is estimated at US$8,440,000, of which US$1,420,000 constitutes grant funding from GEF and US$7,020,000 comprises co-financing from the Ministry of Tourism and Environment (US$6,920,000) and UNDP Albania (US$100,000).

Partners

Ministry of Tourism and Environment, National Agency of Protected Areas, Regional Agencies of Protected Areas of Tirana, Fier and Vlora, Line ministries, Municipalities, Agency of Parks and Recreation

Status:

Ongoing

Project start date:

January 2016

Estimated end date:

May 2022

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Albania

    Implementing partner:

    Min. of Tourism & Environment

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Albania
  • Global Environment Fund Truste
  • Amount contributed

    $1,206,929

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $221,855

    2019 $323,758

    2018 $194,429

    2017 $0

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