Project Short Description
The Patoku Lagoon is one of the Biodiversity Hotspots of Albania and is known for its regional (Mediterranean) and European Importance: it is one of the Specially Protected Areas of Albania identified by UNEP and RAC/SPA since 1996; it is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and it is one of the EMERALD sites of Albania. It is one of the most important wetland sites in Albania for waders (Order Charadriformes), and one of the two sites where Slender Billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris) has been recorded so far in Albania
The project is financed by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and will be implemented by the Urban Research Institute (URI) in cooperation with the Albanian Association for the Protection of Birds and Mammals (ASPBM). The proposed project activities will aim for business sector involvement in watershed management, building public-private partnerships and the mechanisms of environmental services that will enable the sustainable use of natural resources, conservation and improvement of biodiversity in this area.