This new planning map “National Park Albanian Alps” is one of several that acknowledges the existence of three contiguous national parks in three countries – formally included on one map (an advisory ministerial document). This is quite an achievement to be quietly celebrated! We were glad to be invited by GIZ to participate in consultation and advisory meetings.
Remarkably – and close to our vision of l2 years ago – this map officially under consideration at planning meetings (Ministry, GIZ and stakeholders), includes most of our originally suggested area, if not more, and like the Albanian park now proposed, the Kosovo park is larger than envisaged. Consultations between them exist, and there is liaison between the authorities on both sides. A much small, albeit more manageable area, in Montenegro, leaves some room for later evolution there, at a stage when the future of the Prokletije as a whole is in delicate balance.
One of the aims of B3P, since 2003, was reviving interest in, and linking the other two existing national parks in Albania, and the creation of a new one, Malesia e Madhe, as well as an adjacent Kosovo Park (Rugova/Bjeshket e Nemuna) and in Montenegro (Prokletije). This has led now to formal acknowledgment of the potential amalgamation of at least three contiguous parks in Albania. And it acknowledges those in neighbouring Montenegro and Kosovo. This single (enlarged) Albanian park is still at the official proposal stage, but endorses the potential unity of adjacent parks across borders, even though there is a long way o go in implementation. Nevertheless, the proposed extension of the potential park to the Malesia e Madhe (Boge/Lepushe/Vermosh) in form if not substance, is a success beyond our expectations.
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Summary of the GIZ plans for the mapped region