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UNDP marks International Biodiversity Day-Orikum.

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Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity, announced by the United Nations, to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

 

 

This international commemoration dates back since December 2000, when the UN General Assembly adopted 22nd May as the International Day for Biological Diversity.

 

On this Day,  the Ministry of Environment in partnership with  Municipality of Orikum,UNDP, civil society, academia, media got together to deliver  a key message: The necessity to improve  coverage and effectiveness of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in Albania.

Biodiversity a key factor in preserving and protecting the environment.

The event brought together school students, community groups and helped raise awareness about threats posed to ecosystems in Vlora and other parts of the country. Activities included sport, water, a bicycle tour, exhibition and a painting competition

UNDP Albania is implementing a project on Improvement of coverage and management of marine and coastal protected areas in Albania. Improvement on bio-geographical representation of marine and coastal protected areas) The project is fully aligned with the priorities of the National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan, which put priority on establishing marine protected areas to conserve the unique marine biodiversity of Albania. Developing of a simple monitoring system for the Marine Coastal Protected Areas to be applied in local level; particular support to the Karaburun–Sazani Marine Protected Areas  administration and the other relevant local institution on the smooth monitoring system implementation resolving conflicts, contradictions and/or overlapping among national and local institutions.

 

Albania is distinguished for a diversified biodiversity. The country is home to about 30% of the flora of Europe, with about 3,200 species of plants, 780 vertebrate animal species, 21 mammals and 17 species of birds to global importance.

The main human uses of coastal protected areas are fishing, tourism, and agriculture.

 

 

The International Day for Biological Diversity provides an opportunity to communicate and involve the public to build awareness on the value of biodiversity for human well-being in Albania and around the world, as well as to communicate efforts made in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the implementation of the three objectives of the Convention, sustainable use of the components of biodiversity, and sharing the benefits arising from the commercial and other utilization of  genetic resources in a fair and equitable way.

 

The key provisions on, among others measures for the conservation of biological diversity, are the, incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, research and training, public awareness and education, assessing the impacts of projects upon biological diversity, regulating access to genetic resources, access to and transfer of technology, and the provision of financial resources.

 

 

 

 

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