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Establishment of Information Center on Marine Protected Area Karaburun Sazani in Albania
by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (United Nations entity)
In order to ensure the proper management of this area and to expand the marine protected areas, the UNDP in cooperation with MoE and with GEF contribution are implementing the project: Improvement of coverage and effectiveness management of MCPA - designed for the purpose to secure the long-term protection of Albanias unique coastal and marine biodiversity. The immediate objective is to improve the coverage and management effectiveness of Albanias network of marine and coastal protected areas as an essential complement to its network of terrestrial protected areas.

Among the most significant activities are the strengthening of capacity for marine ecosystem management and conservation, intending to catalyse the stakeholder involvement in ecosystem management and sustainable development in the Karaburun-Sazani MPA and Vlora region at wide. Therefore, the project intends to encourage and intensify activities that contribute to increase e of knowledge and information on values of Karaburun-Sazani ecosystem through establishment of info centre just in the vicinity of the MPA and as well as with easy access of the visitors and tourists travelling in that area.

The info center will have three broad objectives:

i. Provide general information to visitors about the Marine Park, assets, sites to be visited and services available
ii. Provide and facilitate priority services for the local communities to prepare them investing and participating in the tourism development in Vlora bay
iii. Promote MPA Karaburun-Sazani nationally, regionally and internationally
Updates to voluntary commitment
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
  • Other (please specify): Information and awareness
June 2017
Awareness raising with local schools
May 2017
Establishment of the information center near Karaburun-Sazani MPA
In-kind contribution
National Agency of Protected Areas
Other, please specify
The financial contribution is both by UNDP and Albanian Government through the National Agency of Protected Areas
Staff / Technical expertise
UNDP, National Agency of Protected Areas, Regional Administration of Protected Areas, NGO
Basic information
Time-frame: April 2017 - August 2017
National Agency of Protected Areas, Regional Administration of Protected Areas, local NGO
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Local community, schools, tourists, etc.
Contact information
Violeta Zuna, Project manager, violeta.zuna@undp.org , +355422760615
Tirana, Albania
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