The spectacular mountains and valleys of northern Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro share a landscape of wild beauty, exceptional flora and fauna, as well as a traditional lifestyle, that is almost unique in Europe and relatively unspoilt by modern development. But it is a landscape under threat: from declining population, illegal logging and other environmental destruction. The establishment of a Balkans Peace Park would unite the existing communities of the three countries in preserving biodiversity and enabling local people to continue to live in the valleys, supported by sustainable tourism.
Where is the proposed area?
Although great progress is being made, the Peace Park is still just an idea. The proposed 3000sq km of the Balkans Peace Park should include the Kelmend, Shala Valley and Valbona regions of Albania, the Prokletije and Komovi area of Montenegro and the Hajla-Rugova-Djeravica region of Kosovo.