TIRANA, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The European Union has allocated a fund of four million euros (4.4 million U.S. dollars) to Albania to help preserve biodiversity and provide training to the management staff of protected areas, Caterina Carigati, EU's Natural Project Director said Thursday.
This is a 40 month project which is expected to end in June 2018. Along with EU fund, the Italian government has provided 400,000 euros to support Albania to improve protected areas, Carigati told media here.
Carigati praised the natural resources and potentials of Albania but she also called on raising the awareness of the public to preserve and protect this incredible richness which is vital and yields economic development.
Meanwhile, Zamir Dedej, head of Albania's National Agency of Protected Areas (NAPA) told media here that a new law on protected areas has entered into force, aiming to double the revenues from this sector. (1 euro = 1.12 U.S. dollars)