Status on Key Actions

PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 2 - Activity fully underway 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 2 - Activity fully underway 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 2 - Activity fully underway 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 2
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 2 - Activity fully underway 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
Progress in marine protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1

Priority Actions

2012 - 2015

Elaboration of 11 management plans for Protected Areas that do not have such plans yet
2012 - 2016
2012 1.1) Preparation of Management Plan of Shkodra Lake Managed Nature Reserve
2013 1.2) Preparation of Management Plan of Prespa Lake National Park
2014 1.3) Preparation of Management Plan of Shebenik-Jabllanice NP and Velipoja Protected Landscape
2015 1.4) Preparation of Management Plan for 6 PAs (sites in the process of being confirmed)
2016 1.5) Preparation of Management Plan of Divjake-Karavasta National Park
Implementation of PAs management plans
2013 - 2015
2013 2.1) Establishment of Management Committees for PAS that do not have such bodies yet
2012 - 2020 2.2) Enforcement of national legislation related to PAs
2012 - 2020 2.3) Implementation in practice of priorities identified in the management plan for each PA
2015 2.4) Full inventory of flora and fauna species within each PA
2014 2.5) Comprehensive monitoring of PAs
Capacity building and strengthening of PAs administrations
2012 - 2020 $22,500
2012 - 2020 $22,500 Traininng workshops
2012 - 2020 Study visits in PAs in EU member countries to benefit from their experience on PAs management
Enlargement of National Park Tomorri
Designation of Alps national Park that will be also part of the trilateral TBPA Bjeshket e Namuna-Prokletije-Alps (Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo)
2012 - 2013
Designation of MPA of Porto Palermo (with the support of RAC/SPA)
2012 - 2014
Designation of MPA Gjipe-Jale
2012 - 2015

GEF Projects

Albania is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 12 countries : Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
MED Sustainable Governance and Knowledge Generation International Waters 2009-06-24 CEO Endorsed 3,100,000 USD 6,600,000 USD
MED Integration of Climatic Variability and Change into National Strategies to Implement the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean International Waters 2009-11-12 CEO Endorsed 2,454,545 USD 7,000,000 USD
Southeastern Europe and Caucasus Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (SEEC CRIF) Climate Change 2011-05-27 CEO Endorsed 5,500,000 USD 21,500,000 USD
Protection and Sustainable Use of the Dinaric Karst Aquifer System International Waters 2008-07-28 Under Implementation 2,360,000 USD 3,050,000 USD
Identification and Implementation of Adaptation Response Measures in the Drini-Mati River Deltas Climate Change 2007-11-12 IA Approved 999,900 USD 984,525 USD
Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem-Regional Component: Implementation of Agreed Actions for the Protection of the Environmental Resources of the Mediterranean Sea and Its Coastal Areas Multi Focal Area 2007-06-14 Under Implementation 13,591,000 USD 29,607,200 USD
Integrated Ecosystem Management in the Prespa Lakes Basin of Albania, FYR-Macedonia and Greece Multi Focal Area 2005-09-13 IA Approved 4,511,000 USD 9,403,459 USD
Conservation of Wetland and Coastal Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Region Biodiversity 1997-05-01 2006-02-28 Project Completion 13,435,445 USD 26,320,000 USD
Capacity Building for the Implementation of the National Biosafety Framework Biodiversity 2009-05-05 CEO Approved 558,000 USD 306,600 USD
Natural Resources Development Project Multi Focal Area 2005-04-06 2010-11-01 Project Completion 5,000,000 USD 14,640,000 USD
National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) for Global Environment Management Multi Focal Area 2004-04-12 IA Approved 198,000 USD 30,000 USD
Preparation of the POPs National Implementation Plan under the Stockholm Convention POPs 2003-09-25 IA Approved 347,000 USD 31,400 USD
Integrated Water and Ecosystems Management Project Multi Focal Area 2003-05-16 2009-12-31 Project Completion 5,220,000 USD 7,360,000 USD
Biodiversity Strategy, Action Plan and National Report Biodiversity 1996-08-05 1999-12-31 Project Closure 96,000 USD 0
Balkans Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) Climate Change 2001-05-11 Cancelled 6,000,000 USD 0
World Bank-GEF Investment Fund for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem Partnership, Tranche 1, 2nd Installment International Waters 2007-06-14 Council Approved 5,450,000 USD 45,000,000 USD
World Bank-GEF Investment Fund for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem Partnership, Tranche 1, 1st Allocation Multi Focal Area 2006-08-28 Council Approved 0 USD 90,000,000 USD
MED Mediterranean Environmental Sustainable Development Program "Sustainable MED" International Waters 2009-06-24 Council Endorsed 0 USD 0
Promoting Replication of Good Practices for Nutrient Reduction and Joint Collaboration in Central and Eastern Europe International Waters 2008-08-05 2010-12-31 Project Completion 999,816 USD 1,399,846 USD
Capacity Building on Obsolete Pesticides in EECCA Countries POPs 2008-08-04 2011-09-30 Under Implementation 1,000,000 USD 1,396,550 USD
Lake Skader-Shkoder Integrated Ecosystem Management International Waters 2007-06-14 Under Implementation 5,000,000 USD 11,163,000 USD
Determination of Priority Actions for the Further Elaboration and Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Mediterranean Sea International Waters 1998-03-30 2006-06-30 Project Closure 6,290,000 USD 4,185,000 USD
Lake Ohrid Management International Waters 1997-05-01 2004-12-31 Project Closure 4,280,000 USD 21,300,000 USD
Improving Coverage and Management Effectiveness of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas Biodiversity 2009-09-25 CEO Approved 1,000,000 USD 1,927,500 USD
Environmental Services Project Multi Focal Area 2012-06-07 Council Approved 2,884,848 USD 22,574,815 USD
Assessment of Capacity Building Needs to Address the Priorities of the BSAP - Phase II Biodiversity 2004-07-28 2006-06-30 Project Closure 324,000 USD 70,000 USD
Butrint National Park: Biodiversity and Global Heritage Conservation Biodiversity 2007-06-29 2010-09-30 Project Completion 975,000 USD 1,208,160 USD
Climate Change Enabling Activity (Additional Financing for Capacity Building in Priority Areas) Climate Change 2001-11-08 CEO Approved 100,000 USD 0
Enabling Albania to Prepare its First National Communication in Response to its Commitments to UNFCCC Climate Change 1996-06-28 IA Approved 278,000 USD 0
Participation in the Clearing House Mechanism of the CBD Biodiversity 1999-08-12 IA Approved 14,000 USD 0

LifeWeb Projects

Name Submitted Status Funding Needed Funding Secured
New coalitions for biodiversity – Developing public-private partnerships within protected areas in five countries of the South-East Europe 20 09 2010 Not Funded $1,720,480 USD $0.00

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme