Albania, a region of exceptional natural beauty in southeast Europe, is known for its harsh mountainous terrain. This nation is home to some of the most stunning mountain ranges in the European Union, nestled between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The dedication of Albania to protecting these pristine areas is admirable because it not only protects the rich diversity of ecosystems but also promotes sustainable tourism and economic development.

Albania's mountainous regions, such as the Albanian Alps, the Pindus Mountains and the Korab-Koritnik Massif, stand as testament to the country's commitment to environmental stewardship. Through protected areas, sustainable tourism initiatives, and community involvement, Albania is not only preserving its natural heritage but also setting an example for responsible conservation practices within the EU. The dedication to these majestic landscapes ensures that future generations can continue to marvel at the beauty and biodiversity that these mountains hold.

From Peaks to Policy: MARGISTAR’s Working Group 1 Visits the Mountains of Albania

MARGISTAR has been out and about this autumn. Shortly after a first in-person meeting with Working Group 2 in Türkiye, Working Group 1 members met in Albania this October. Read on for a short overview of our COST Action meeting, along with a glimpse of the Albanian peaks and valleys we were lucky to visit.

Notable Projects

The below projects actively support research and life in Portuguese marginalised mountain areas. MARGISTAR believes in their efforts and invites you to follow these projects online or connect with their representatives within the MARGISTAR consortium.

AD Balkan

AD Balkan is a project that commenced in 2010 and began a "diffused hotel" in Kruja Castle in 2021; it is now evaluating a further ten candidate villages.

While still early in the project, the diffused hotel concept may be a potential pathway to supporting marginalised communities as it repurposes uninhabited houses and buildings as tourist accommodations, providing an authentic environment within active rural communities.

Exploring Mountainous Areas in the Land of Eagles: Opportunities for Rural Development in Albania

Albania is known for its diverse landscapes that collectively contribute to the country’s natural beauty, biodiversity, and cultural heritage. Albania’s mountains in particular present excellent opportunities for sustainable rural tourism and ecological conservation, but also pose challenges to local communities. This blog provides a comprehensive overview of the marginalised mountain ranges of Albania and dives into the diverse set of social, economic, and ecological challenges they face. We also introduce promising emerging solutions ranging from sustainable tourism initiatives that bring about economic opportunities, to infrastructure improvements and agricultural revitalisation initiatives that support niche agricultural products.

Meet MARGISTAR's Albanian Members

Dr. Mirela Mango Tase

Faculty of Business at Aleksander Moisiu University and WG1 Lead

As well as being the lead for Working Group 1 at MARGISTAR, Mirela works at Faculty of Business at Aleksander Moisiu University.

Dr. Klodiana Gorica

Full Professor at University of Tirana

Professor in University of Tirana, Faculty of Economy, Department of Marketing and Tourism. From 2011 to 2016 Vice Dean in Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana. Graduated in Faculty of Economy, UT, in 1994, Master in 1998, PhD in 2002 in the field of marketing of tourism, Docent in 2009, 2011-Associated Professor and 2015 Full Professor.

Dr. Nehat Collaku

Associate Professor and Lecturer at Agricultural University of Tirana

Among Nehat's main research interests, there are forest policies and policy instruments in sustainable forestry, the contribution of forests to mitigating climate change and to the national economy., and socio-economic assessment of the contribution of forestry projects to forest breeding.