Today kick starts a series of sea-related activities and events that will aim to educate and involve youngs and adults to the importance of acting now to preserve the Adriatic marine resources. Until mid-September and with the support of the GEF-Adriatic project and the Albanian Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the National Agency for Protected Areas will mobilise citizens and decision-making policy levels on the importance of having a cleaner, healthier and safer Adriatic. All actors living or enjoying marine resources should be aware that sea is at a crossroads, the nature capital and ecosystems are at risk, facing growing ecological threats and are under increasing strain from all sectors of the blue economy.
“Our marine environment is one of our most important national resources, but we need to take a lot more action to preserve it. The GEF-Adriatic project gives us a very good opportunity for establishing a mechanism of managing the Adriatic in an integrated way. We hope that the experiences and information the project generates – particularly through ongoing marine surveys along with marine monitoring– will provide a firm foundation for future Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in Albania”, Zamir Dedej
The first activities are taking place right now in Karaburun-Sazan, which is the only Marine National Park in Albania. Rangers help familiarizing young people with the values and reasons why this area has been declared a protected area, analysis of plants and animal species part of this area, their impact at national and international level, etc. They also show them how to collect data.
Together, we can make a #CleanerHealthierSafer #Adriatic!