Promoting Sustainable Tourism through Increasing Municipal and Entrepreneurship Capacities in Wider Prespa Area

Emiliano Abedini
Publicado: 10 Junio 2021
Última edición: 10 Junio 2021
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Summary

In early April, the Albanian Centre for Environmental Governance (ACEG) marked the end of a successful 16-month long project with the financial support of PONT and the GIZ ProSeed/Idea programme. On this occasion, ACEG organized a tour expedition and invited donors and tour operators to enjoy the beauty of Prespa National. The project was able to deliver important products, such as a Youth Tourism Academy, municipal training and cooperation, alongside financial support for the opening of a new guesthouse in Micro Prespa. The Regional Administration for Protected Areas Korça, presented the Prespa National Park values and tourist attractions such as the work in progress, and the enhancement of the 18 new hiking trails which will diversify the tourism options for various groups. The guided three-hour hiking tour delved into the values of the park, its potential and the nature attraction of the national park.

Classifications

Region
Europa Occidental y del Sur
Scale of implementation
Local
Subnacional
Ecosystem
Area-wide development
Ecosistema urbano
Ecosistemas de agua dulce
Piscina, lago, estanque
Theme
Actores locales
Conectividad / conservación transfronteriza
Conocimientos tradicionales
Gobernanza de las áreas protegidas y conservadas
Turismo
Challenges
Degradación de tierras y bosques
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Usos conflictivos / impactos acumulativos
Cosecha insostenible, incluida la sobrepesca
Falta de acceso a financiación a largo plazo
Falta de oportunidades de ingresos alternativos
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones
Desempleo / pobreza
Sustainable development goals
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 12 - Producción y consumo responsables
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos

Ubicación

Prespa National park
Pustec, Korçë, Albania
Devoll District, Korçë, Albania
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Impacts

The project established a Youth Tourism Academy, where 38 youth enrolled the whole programme of 4 modules. In the end 18 business plans were developed by YTA members on nature-based tourism in Devoll and Pustec municipalities. The winning business plan was financially supported by ACEG and PONT.

A full module of nature-based training was developed for inter-municipal tourism co-operation in Pustec and Devoll municipalities.

Organized a two day excursion tour for 20 local partners, tours and travel operators to promote nature tourism, values of the Prespa National Park and connect people with nature.

 

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Margarita Buxhaku Albanian Center for Environmental Governance