Protection areas across borders- learning by visiting

24 September 2010 | News story

Representatives of Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo visited protected areas of Czech Republic and Germany eager to learn about best practices and successes in organization and management of protected areas across borders.

During the study tour conducted 6-12 September 2010, a group visited National Park Bavarian Forest, National Park Berchtesgaden and Šumava National Park, examples of modern ways of protected areas management in the European Union. Participants learned about management of cross border protected areas including aspects such as community involvement, tourism development, environmental education, visitor management and guidance, and ways to organize the ranger service.

“This tour gave an invaluable possibility for the participants to learn about modern and very effective ways of protected areas management in transboundary context. We hope that the lesson learned could be further implemented in the project region in order to protect pristine nature resources of the border region between Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia,” Tomasz Pezold, IUCN’s Project Officer concluded.

The project Walk on the Wild Side reinforces the transboundary cooperation of actors involved in the trilateral border region of Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia. This region is characterized by outstanding biodiversity values. It is being implemented in close cooperation with BfN (German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation) and is funded by German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through The Federal Environment Agency.

For further information please contact Tomasz Pezold, IUCN SEE.

NB For the purpose of this article the name Kosovo has been used to refer to the territory under the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, established in 1999 by the UN Security Council resolution 1244; and the name Macedonia has been used to refer to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.