Land of Eagles and Castles: Pilot Sustainable Tourism Model for the Albanian Adriatic Coastline


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Project name: Land of Eagles and Castles: Pilot Sustainable Tourism Model for the Albanian Adriatic Coastline

Short name: Land of Eagles and Castles

Grant number: 62721

Main goal: To deliver a model for establishing community-driven, nature-based tourism in three of the eight Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) that have been identified along the Albanian Adriatic coastline in the Southwest Balkans Corridor.

Duration: 36 (thirty six) months from 01.07.2013 until 30.06.2016.
 

Project sites: Three KBAs along the Albanian Adriatic coastline: (1) Narta Lagoon and surrounding area; (2) Vlora bay, karaburun Peninsula and Cika Mountain; and (3) Butrinti and surrounding area.

Beneficiaries: The Association for the Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment (PPNEA) and the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB).

Actions:

The BSPB shall contribute specific expertise to the delivery of the following actions:
 

  1. Study of the biodiversity to outline the specific characteristics;
  2. Create a list of interpretative topics in consultation and active support of local communities;
  3. Establish the touristic product brand;
  4. Organize training for local entrepreneurs;
  5. Organize visits of local authorities and key community opinion leaders to Bulgaria;
  6. Establish a system of monitoring impact of the nature-related tourism development.

The BSPB shall be leading organisation for the implementation of the actions No 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Expected results:
 

  • Establish sound scientific basis for informed conservation intervention;
  • Encourage economically viable sustainable local livelihoods;
  • Create ownership over project results to guarantee their long-term sustainability;
  • Enhance awareness on the importance of formal nature protection of and build local capacity to effective nature protection management.
     

Funding: US$ 248,623 provided by the Conservation International Foundation under the CEPF programme. The estimated total cost of implementation of project actions by the BSPB is US$ 120,499.6.

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