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Butrint Integrated Management Plan

Butrint Integrated Management Plan is first of its kind to be undertaken by the AADF in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture within the framework of the new law in culture heritage and museums. It will conform to UNESCO terms and will provide fresh and innovative perspectives with tangible and measurable framework for the sustainability of the site. In long terms, the project aims to offer a new approach to heritage sites in the country by addressing issues relating to years of neglect, lack of adequate finances, sustainable conservation, increasing tourism, local capacity building and community outreach.

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  • 07.22.2020

    Approval of the Integrated Management Plan of Butrint National Park

    Approval of the Integrated Management Plan of Butrint National Park

    On July 22, 2020, the Albanian Government approved the Integrated Management Plan of Butrint National Park (2020-2030). Funded by the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF) and drafted in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism and Environment (as co-proposers), and other partner institutions such as NAPA, the Institute of Archaeology, AdZM Vlorë, Saranda Port, tourist agencies and guides, and representatives of the local community.

     

    The vision of the Integrated Management Plan is: Butrint National Park will be recognized as a global leader in the sustainable management of mixed cultural and natural sites, becoming the hub of a regional tourism offer, providing a unique visitor experience, involving local communities and national institutions to serve as a model for other parks and sites in Albania.

     

    The first of its kind, the Butrint National Park Integrated Management Plan (2020-2030) has been drafted in full reference with the Law on Cultural Heritage and Museums (27/2018), the Law on Protected Areas (81/2017) and various development strategies approved by the Albanian Government. The plan is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and the recommendations of the World Heritage Committee Decisions and the advisory bodies of the World Heritage Center / UNESCO.

     

    In the long run, this document aims to provide a new approach to heritage sites in the country, addressing issues related to the limitations of management instruments, sustainable development, cultural tourism growth, management capacity building and local communities approach.

  • 01.28.2020

    AADF meeting with representatives of World Cultural Heritage Centre at UNESCO

    AADF meeting with representatives of World Cultural Heritage Centre at UNESCO

    On January 24th 2020, the AADF’s Co-CEOs Mr. Martin Mata and Mr. Aleksander Sarapuli met with Ms. Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, Director of the Unit for Europe and North America at the World Heritage Center (UNESCO) and Associate Project Officer Thomas Rigauts. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ferit Hoxha, Ambassador of Permanent Delegate of Albania to UNESCO. The purpose of the meeting was to present AADF’s projects on cultural heritage and their impact, the vision and mission that AADF has as a catalyst for the preservation of cultural heritage in Albania. Representatives of the World Heritage Center for Europe and North America expressed deep appreciation and gratitude for AADF’s work and willingness for future bilateral cooperation.

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  • 11.15.2019

    Public Discussion on the Integrated Management Plan of the Butrint National Park

    Public Discussion on the Integrated Management Plan of the Butrint National Park

    Today, by the invitation of the Ministry of Culture, in presence of the Minister Elva Margariti, together with the AADF Co-CEOs Martin Mata and Aleksander Sarapuli, guests from state agencies, stakeholders, heritage experts and the British Company Prince+Pearce, the public discussion on the Integrated Management Plan of the Butrint National Park was organized. The high interest generated by the presentation was followed by questions from attendees and responses from the Ministry of Culture, the AADF Co-CEOs and the consulting company Prince+Pearce.

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  • 10.16.2019

    Official submission of the final draft of the Integrated Management Plan for Butrint National Park.

    Official submission of the final draft of the Integrated Management Plan for Butrint National Park.

    The AADF Chairman, Michael Granoff in the presence of the Ambassador Victoria Nuland, AADF Board and Co-CEOs Martin Mata and Aleksander Sarapuli, formally handed over to the Minister of Culture Elva Margariti the final draft of the Integrated Management Plan for Butrint National Park. The first of its kind, following the adoption of the new Law on Cultural Heritage, this document brings a new management model for Butrint and other heritage sites in Albania. The project was funded by AADF with a value of $ 250,000, while the Plan was designed by the British company Prince + Pearce in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and other public and private partners. In reference to the new law on cultural heritage in the country, the final draft will be subject to public hearing before approval by the Council of Ministers.

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  • 01.15.2019

    Meeting with stakeholders for the Integrated Management Plan of Butrint

    Meeting with stakeholders for the Integrated Management Plan of Butrint

    Within the framework of the new Butrint Integrated Management Plan, the AADF organized a roundtable between the consulting company, Prince + Pearce, and representatives from the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the National Agency of Protected Areas, the Institute of Archaeology and the Office for Administration and Coordination of Butrint. The discussions in this meeting were focused on the vision, approach, challenges and main themes that the new Integrated Management Plan will deal with. Special attention was paid to integrating competencies and cooperation amongst central and local agencies to offer a new successful model for Butrint National Park.

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  • 10.08.2018

    Meeting with stakeholders in Saranda for the Butrint National Park management plan

    Meeting with stakeholders in Saranda for the Butrint National Park management plan

    On 6th and 7th October 2018 in the premises of the Saranda City Council and Butrint Nation Park, the AADF organized a meeting with local stakeholders and the company that is drafting the Butrint integrated management plan. The meeting was attended by the director of the Port of Saranda, the Director of Protected Areas-the branch of Vlora, the Secretary General of the Saranda Municipal Council, the County Archaeologist, the Director of Saranda Firefighter, responsible for the aquaculture and agriculture-Directory of Saranda, representatives of communities around the park, local tourist agencies etc. During the meeting, thoughts were gathered from all participants who engaged in a comprehensive analysis of current situation and future possibilities in the park. Eventually, all meeting result and feedback will be considered by the company while drafting the new integrated park management plan. This meeting was funded by the AADF and was organized in cooperation with the Butrint National Park.

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  • 10.03.2018

    Presentation of the methodology and approach for the Butrint Integrated Management Plan

    Presentation of the methodology and approach for the Butrint Integrated Management Plan

    The AADF in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture organized today the event for the drafting of the Integrated Management Plan for the Butrint National Park. The event was attended by the Chairman of the AADF Board Mr. Michael D. Granoff, the Minister of Culture Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro, AADF’s Board Members and Co-Directors, and other national stake holders. The company contracted by the AADF, Prince and Pearce from Great Britain, has a long experience in drafting world heritage management plans. The project is undertaken shortly after the adoption of the new Law on Cultural Heritage and Museums in May 2018 and is the first of its kind to be implemented by new heritage institutions. The drafting of the Integrated Butrint Management Plan, funded by the AADF with a total budget $ 250,000 will be run by the AADF in coordination with the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and the Environment, and other stakeholders in Butrint.

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