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Balkan Regional Ecological Network in Albania
Albania is rich in biological diversity at landscape, ecosystem, and species levels, especially in relation to its small land area. This rich diversity in Albania is result of:(1) the wide range in climate, altitude, and geology (2) geographical location at the intersection of two major bio-geographic zones (Central Europe and Mediterranean); (3) location astride an important bird migration route; (4) coastline on the Adriatic and Ionian seas; and (5) an abundance of ecologically diverse fresh water ecosystems. Albania is ecologically linked to neighboring countries through shared ecosystems, habitats, lakes, and rivers as well as migrations of birds and marine organisms. Building the regional ecological networking will directly contribute towards enforcement of nature conservation in Albania and bring institutions at the comparable level of responsibilities with neighboring countries, their empowerment and capacity increase.