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The protected areas of Albania comprise a number of various current designations across the territory of the country. The national policy for governing and management of the protected areas is implemented by the Ministry of Environment. Currently, there are 799 protected areas including 14 national parks, 1 marine park, 2 nature reserves, 22 managed nature reserves, 5 protected landscapes and 770 other protected areas of various categories.[1][2][3] Further a biosphere reserve, 3 world heritage sites, 4 ramsar sites, 45 important plant areas and 16 important bird areas are located in Albania.[4][5][6][7][8] However, protected areas are being threatened by the construction of hydroelectric dams which have prompted several protests from environmentalists and civil society, meanwhile the logging and hunting moratorium has revived the fauna and flora of protected areas.

List of protected areas

Name Photo Area Established CDDA-Sitecode Location Map

IUCN Category I

Gashi River Nature Reserve
Rezerva Naytrorë e Lumit të Gashit
Doberdol, Tropojë Mulajt 33.jpg 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) 1996[9] 101471 Tropojë
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Protected areas of Albania
Rrajcë Nature Reserve
Rezerva Naytrorë i Rajcës
AlbaniaLibrazhdLlange.jpg 2,130 hectares (5,300 acres) 2008[10] 101473 Librazhd
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Protected areas of Albania

IUCN Category II

Karaburun-Sazan Marine Park
Parku Detar Karaburun-Sazan
Gjiri Skaloma Beget. Karaburun.jpg 12,570.82 hectares (31,063.2 acres) 2010 555513696 Vlorë
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Protected areas of Albania
Butrint National Park
Parku Kombëtar i Butrintit
Butrint - Ancient amphitheatre (by Pudelek).JPG 9,424.4 hectares (23,288 acres) 1966 181966 Sarandë
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Protected areas of Albania
Divjaka-Karavasta National Park
Parku Kombëtar Divjakë-Karavasta
Karavasta National Park Albania 2016.jpg 22,230 hectares (54,900 acres) 2007 4679 Fier, Lushnjë, Kavajë
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Protected areas of Albania
Theth National Park
Parku Kombëtar i Thethit
Theth and Theth National Park, Albania 2017.jpg 2,630 hectares (6,500 acres) 1966 12444 Shkodër
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Protected areas of Albania
Llogara National Park
Parku Kombëtar i Llogarasë
Albanian Riviera from Llogara Pass 2015-09-22.jpg 1,010 hectares (2,500 acres) 1966 11667 Vlorë
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Protected areas of Albania
Prespa National Park
Parku Kombëtar i Prespës
Prespa ostrov -2.jpg 27,750 hectares (68,600 acres) 1999 181967 Korçë
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Protected areas of Albania
Dajti National Park
Parku Kombëtar i Dajtit
Mali Dajtit.jpg 29,384.18 hectares (72,609.9 acres) 1966 344 Tirana
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Protected areas of Albania
Zall Gjoçaj National Park
Parku Kombëtar i Zall Gjoçajt
Parku Kombëtar Zall-Gjoçaj (v. 2013).jpg 140 hectares (350 acres) 1996 101428 Mat
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Protected areas of Albania
Shebenik-Jablanica National Park
Parku Kombëtar Shebenik-Jabllanicë
Qarrishte.JPG 33,927.7 hectares (83,837 acres) 2008 555513697 Librazhd
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Protected areas of Albania
Tomorr National Park
Parku Kombëtar i Tomorrit
Mali i Tomorrit 1.jpg 24,723.1 hectares (61,092 acres) 1996 346 Berat, Gramsh, Skrapar
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Protected areas of Albania
Lurë National Park
Parku Kombëtar i Lurës
Lura Liqeni i Lulëve.JPG 1,280 hectares (3,200 acres) 1966 345 Dibër
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Protected areas of Albania
Valbonë Valley National Park
Parku Kombëtar Lugina e Valbonës
2013-10-05 Valbona, Albania 8265.jpg 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres) 1996 101424 Tropojë
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Protected areas of Albania
Fir of Hotova-Dangell National Park
Parku Kombërar Bredhi i Hotovës
Bredhi i Hotovës.jpg 34,361.1 hectares (84,908 acres) 2008 101425 Përmet
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Protected areas of Albania
Shtamë Pass National Park
Parku Kombëtar i Qafë Shtamës
In the wood.jpg 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) 1996 101427 Krujë
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Protected areas of Albania
Fir of Drenova National Park
Parku Kombëtar Bredhi i Drenovës
Parku Kombëtar Bredhi i Drenovës.jpg 1,380 hectares (3,400 acres) 1966 62072 Korçë
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Protected areas of Albania

IUCN Category III

Blue Eye
Syri i Kaltër
Blue Eye Albania 2016 Syri i kalter.jpg 180 hectares (440 acres) 1996 101466 Delvinë
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Protected areas of Albania
Ksamil Islands
Ishujt e Ksamilit
Ksamill-1.jpg 15 hectares (37 acres) 2002 181969 Sarandë
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Protected areas of Albania
Grama Bay
Gjiri i Gramës
Grama Bay. Albania 2017-08 14.jpg 5 hectares (12 acres) 2002 182122 Vlorë
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Protected areas of Albania
Delta of Palasë
Delta e Përroit të Palasës
PalasëKüstePanorama.jpg 0.5 hectares (1.2 acres) 2002 182078 Vlorë
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Protected areas of Albania
Black Lake, Martanesh
Liqeni i Zi
Liqeni i Zi.jpg 0.8 hectares (2.0 acres) 2002 182253 Dibër
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Protected areas of Albania
Korab Plain
Rrafsh i Korabit
Velky Korab 2011.jpg 0.2 hectares (0.49 acres) 2002 182428 Dibër
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Protected areas of Albania
Pirates Cave
Shpella e Piratëve
Sheplla e Pirateve.JPG 2 hectares (4.9 acres) 2002 182611 Vlorë
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Protected areas of Albania
Bënjë hot springs
Ujërat Termale të Bënjës
Bënjë Përmet 2.jpg 0.6 hectares (1.5 acres) 2002 182674 Përmet
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Protected areas of Albania
Landslide of Këllez
Rrëshqitja e Këllezit
Gjirokastër - Berge 2.jpg 540 hectares (1,300 acres) 2002 182537 Gjirokastër
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Protected areas of Albania
Kakomë Bay
Gjiri i Kakomës
3Road To Kakome Near Saranda 2017.jpg 5 hectares (12 acres) 2002 182122 Vlorë, Sarandë
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Protected areas of Albania
Forests of Zvërnec
Pyll i Zvërnecit
The monastery of Zvernec.JPG 7 hectares (17 acres) 2002 182403 Vlorë
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Protected areas of Albania
Hill of Muzina
Bokërrimat e Muzinës
Bokërrimat e Muzinës.jpg 4 hectares (9.9 acres) 2002 182005 Delvinë
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Protected areas of Albania
Hill of Vuno
Bokërrimat e Vunoit
Zemni pyramidy pobliz Himary.jpg 10 hectares (25 acres) 2002 182011 Vlorë
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Protected areas of Albania

IUCN Category IV

Korab-Koritnik Nature Park
Parku Natyror i Korab-Koritnikut
Mali Bardhe.jpg 5,500.70 hectares (13,592.5 acres) 2011[11] 555560373 Dibër, Kukës
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Protected areas of Albania
Nikaj-Mërtur Regional Nature Park
Parkun Natyror Rajonal Nikaj-Mërtur
Fshati Vrane,Lekbibaj ,Tropoje.JPG 17,505 hectares (43,260 acres) 2008 - Tropojë
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Protected areas of Albania
Bogovë Nature Park
Parku Natyror i Bogovës
Ujëvara e Bogovës - Mapillary (9WBLveMBaZmD7958C5W7PQ).jpg 330 hectares (820 acres) 1977 11681 Skrapar
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Protected areas of Albania
Kunë-Vain-Tale Nature Park
Parku Natyror Kunë-Vain
ShengjinLagune-4.JPG 330 hectares (820 acres) 2010 11661 Lezhë
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Protected areas of Albania
Ulza Lake Nature Park
Parku Natyror Rajonal i Liqenit të Ulzës
Liqeni i Shkopetit.jpg 220 hectares (540 acres) 2013 555560372 Mat
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Protected areas of Albania
Shkreli Regional Nature Park
Parku Natyror Rajonal i Shkrelit
20,282 hectares (50,120 acres) 2015 Malësi e Madhe
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Protected areas of Albania
Kthella Regional Nature Park
Parku Natyror Rajonal i Kthelles
9,400 hectares (23,000 acres) 2015 Mat
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Protected areas of Albania
Zagoria Regional Nature Park
Parku Natyror Rajonal i Zagorise
13,600 hectares (34,000 acres) 2015 Gjirokastër
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Protected areas of Albania

IUCN Category V

Mali me Gropa-Bizë-Martanesh
Protected Landscape

Peizazhin e Mbrojtur
Mali me Gropa-Bizë-Martanesh
Canyon bellow Peshk village, Martanesh - Mapillary (3BXJeHSAYO adTGyxo16Sw).jpg 25,266.42 hectares (62,434.7 acres) 2007 101458 Bulqizë, Mat, Tirana
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Protected areas of Albania
Buna River-Velipoja Protected Landscape
Peizazh i Mbrojtur Lumi Buna-Velipojë
Dalja e lumit te Bunes nga liqeni i Shkodres.jpg 23,027 hectares (56,900 acres) 2005 332698 Shkodër
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Protected areas of Albania

IUCN Category VI

Vjosa-Narta Protected Landscape
Peisazh i Mbrojtur Vjosë-Nartë
Zvernec monastery, Albania (by Pudelek).jpg 19,412 hectares (47,970 acres) 2004 19738 Vlorë
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Protected areas of Albania
Guri i Nikës Resource Reserve
Reserva Natyror i Gurit të Nikës
Perballe Gurit te Nikes 01.jpg 2,200 hectares (5,400 acres) 1996 101463 Pogradec
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Protected areas of Albania

Biosphere Reserves

Name Photo Area Established District Location
Ohrid-Prespa Transboundary Biosphere Reserve
Ohër-Prespë Rëzervë Biosfere
Галичица, поглед на две езера, 2011.jpg 446,244.52 hectares (1,102,694.2 acres) 2014 Korçë
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Protected areas of Albania

Archaeological Parks

Name Photo Area County Location
Amantia[12] City gate of Amantia, Albania 01.jpg 15 hectares (37 acres) Vlorë County
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Protected areas of Albania
Antigonia Antigonea house with peristyle.jpg 92 hectares (230 acres) Gjirokastër County
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Protected areas of Albania
Apollonia Apollonia, Albania (by Pudelek) - Monument of Agonothetes.JPG 140 hectares (350 acres) Fier County
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Protected areas of Albania
Byllis Byllis Cathedral.jpg 30 hectares (74 acres) Fier County
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Protected areas of Albania
Lissus Lezhë Castle 4.jpg 22 hectares (54 acres) Lezhë County
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Protected areas of Albania
Oricum Oricum - Monumental Fontana 01.jpg 694 hectares (1,710 acres) Vlorë County
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Protected areas of Albania
Phoenice Thesauròs di Phoinike.jpg 57 hectares (140 acres) Vlorë County
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Protected areas of Albania
Shkodër Rozafa Castle.jpg 70 hectares (170 acres) Shkodër County
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Protected areas of Albania

References

  1. ^ "Protected Areas System in Albania" (PDF). tap-ag.com. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  3. ^ "RRJETI I ZONAVE TË MBROJTURA NË SHQIPËRI" (PDF). mjedisi.gov.al (in Albanian). 
  4. ^ UNESCO. "Ohrid-Prespa". unesco.org. 
  5. ^ UNESCO. "Albania". whc.unesco.org. 
  6. ^ Ramsar Convention. "ALBANIA" (PDF). ramsar.org. 
  7. ^ "Important Plant Areas of the south and east Mediterranean region" (PDF). portals.iucn.org. p. 76. 
  8. ^ BirdLife International. "Albania". datazone.birdlife.org. 
  9. ^ Euronatur. "Report of the Excursion to Ancient Beech Forests in Albania and Macedonia" (PDF). euronatur.org. p. 9. 
  10. ^ Euronatur. "BEECH FORESTS ALONG THE GREEN BELT ALBANIA" (PDF). euronatur.org. p. 9. 
  11. ^ "Korab - Koritnik Natural Park Management Plan" (PDF). researchgate.net. p. 9. 
  12. ^ "Archaeological Parks of Albania". archeoparks-albania.com. 

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