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Strengthening National capacity in Nature Protection

preparation for Natura 2000 network


This project is funded
by European Union.

REPORT ON THE IWC 2019 IN ALBANIA

Report prepared by Dr. Taulant BINO


National Coordinator of IWC in Albania, Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS)

(2nd of February 2019)

With the support of IPA 2013 Project “Strengthening National


Capacity in Nature Protection – Protection of Natura 2000”

NaturAL
www.natura.al

Torre Drin, 5° Floor - Tirana,


Albania
Tel: +355 4 2240 880/1/2/3
ACRONYMS ............................................................................................................................................ 3

1 INTRODUCTION.............................................................................................................................. 4

2 INTERNATIONAL WATER BIRD CENSUS 2019 ......................................................................... 4

2.3 SCOPE OF THE IWC ....................................................................................................................... 4


2.4 IWC IN ALBANIA........................................................................................................................... 5
2.3 MATERIAL AND METHODS ............................................................................................................. 5
2.4 PRELIMIARY RESULTS OF IWC 2019 .............................................................................................. 6
2.4.1 PARTICIPANTS TO IWC 2019 .................................................................................................................. 6
2.4.2 SITES COVERED DURING IWC 2019 ....................................................................................................... 8
2.4.3. IWC 2019 DETAILED RESULTS ............................................................................................................. 9
2.4.4. IWC RESULTS FOR 2013-2019 AND 1996-2019 ................................................................................... 12
2.5 IWC 2019 VISIBILITY .............................................................................................................................. 13
2.6 IWC 2019 COORDINATION EFFORTS ....................................................................................................... 13
2.7 IWC CONSTRAINTS ................................................................................................................................. 14
2.7.1 SITE ACCESS ............................................................................................................................................ 14

3 DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION ............................................................................................. 15

3.1 IWC 2019 WAY FORWARD ............................................................................................................ 15


3.2 ....................................................................................................................................................... 15
IWC 2019 RAPA PARTICIPATION ANALYSIS AND WAY FORWARDS ......................................................... 15

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Acronyms
AOS – Albanian Ornithological Society
APAWA – Association for the Protection of Aquatic Wildlife in Albania
AICS - Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
INCA – Institute for Nature Conservation in Albania
IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature
IWC – International Waterbird Census
NAPA – National Agency for Protected Areas
PPNEA – Protection and Preservation of Nature and Environment in Albania
RAPA – Regional Agency for Protected Areas
SBI - Societa Botanica Italiana

Citation:
Bino, T. 2019. Preliminary Report on IWC 2019 in Albania January 11-13, 2019. NaturAL Project
Report. Pp 22,

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1 Introduction
The International Waterbird Census (IWC) is an international programme that is organized since
1967 and is focuses on monitoring the status of waterbirds and wetlands. Albania joined IWC
program in 1993 with the assistance of foreign ornithologist and local capacities and since then the
Waterbird census has been undertaken almost every year, although with a limited number of experts
due to the restricted national capacities and funding on wildlife research.
As for 2016-2018, coordination in 2019 was supported by IPA 2013 – Natura 2000 project
“Strengthening National Capacity in Nature Protection – Protection of Natura 2000”, Albanian
Ornithological Society (AOS) and National Agency for Protected Areas (NAPA). In addition, the
project also funded the activity by covering transportation costs, food and accommodation for all
the participants.
Within the Project objectives, this activity is part of the “on the job training” for the Protected Areas
staff, contributing thus to increase the capacities of Regional Administrations of Protected Areas
(Albania) in bird identification and bird monitoring.
Preliminary data collected for the IWC 2018 in Albania have already been provided to several
interested institutions including the Ministry of Environment and National Agency for Protected
Areas. Furthermore the preliminary results have been shared also with RAPAs and municipalities
directly involved in the IWC in wetlands under their jurisdiction. A detailed data analysis will be
presented later on. This analysis would be public and available for reference by interested parties
and stakeholders.

2 International Water Bird Census 2019


2.3 Scope of the IWC
The wetlands are distinct ecosystem inundated by water, either permanently or seasonally, where
oxygen-free processes prevail. These biomes are considered the most biologically diverse of all
ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life. Taking into account the
number of functions played by the wetland, including water purification, water storage, processing
of carbon and other nutrients, stabilization of shorelines, their ecological importance is fundamental
to support biodiversity as well as people welfare.
The monitoring of the wetland health status is therefore extremely important. Among the various
methods to assess the wetland ecological functions, is the annual census of the waterbirds that use
these habitats especially during the migration, to feed and rest.
The International Waterbird Census (IWC) is among the longest programme for monitoring the
status of wetlands and waterbirds population at a global level. This monitoring programme, started
in 1967 by Wetland International, is today counting on the participation of 143 countries. The
International Waterbird Census is based upon the count of migratory water bird species that every
winter move from the Northern to the Southern regions and stop along this path to feed and recover

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from the journey.

2.4 IWC in Albania


Albania joined IWC program in 1993 with the assistance of foreign ornithologist and local
capacities and since then it has been undertaken almost every year. The limited number of experts,
due to the restricted national capacities and the limited funding on wildlife research, has been a
serious constraint for the continuity of this important initiative. Nevertheless, the National
Coordinator and the Albanian Ornithological Society has carried out the census every year, relying
time by time, on the available resources.
With the purpose of enhancing the monitoring of the biodiversity in Albania, NaturAL Project, since
2015, supports the implementation of the IWC in Albania. In such regard and in the framework of
the Project Conservation Actions, the Protected Areas Administration have been gradually
introduced to the monitoring system and given the technical capacities to support such monitoring
and inventory programs.

2.3 Material and Methods


As for the previous years, the coordination of this 2019 census was ensured jointly by NAPA and
AOS supported by NaturAL Project, in organizing the various group of observers to carry out the
census simultaneously at national level in the less time possible as recommended by Wetland
International guidelines.
Different experts from different NGOs (AOS, APAWA, INCA and PPNEA), Universities
(University of Tirana, Agricultural University of Tirana) were part of the IWC 2019. All the above
entities contributed with expertise of the highest level, logistics in the form of vehicles and optical
equipments. In addition, all the entities provided substantial assistance through the support of their
network of volunteers who participated in the IWC in almost all the wetland sites.
This year NAPA has again actively contributed to the joint coordination and logistical support of the
census, by activating a large number of staff as well as logistics. Three meetings between NAPA
and the group of Experts have been carried out in order to organize in details the census in three
days from 11th to 13th of January. The Minister of Environment, for the second consecutive year, has
decided to emphasize the importance of this census, by launching the initiative of 2019 in a public
event held at Tirana Park on the 11th of January.
Apart from being a census process per se the initiative served also this year as on job training for
the staff of National Agency for Protected Areas (NAPA) and Regional Agencies for Protected
Areas (RAPA), as well as to students at University level and volunteers.
In such regard, the methodology applied aimed at further enforcing the need of ensuring a
comprehensive coordination system, to be replicated in the forthcoming years.
As said before, the census took place in mid-January, within 11th-13th of January 2019, a period of

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time when populations of wintering waterbirds seem more stable and attached to a particular site.
They are gregarious and form groups of different sizes facilitating thus the counting activity.
Each wetland site covered by IWC was divided in polygons using landmarks in the field and a site
map on a scale 1 : 25,000. Each polygon was covered by one or two vantage counting points chosen
in function of accessibility, visibility and the best coverage of the area. The field observers tried to
use the same counting points as those being used in previous surveys.
Field observers were equipped with binoculars and spotting scopes and GPS devices. Those
equipments were used for direct counts as well as estimations in accordance with the methodology
provided by Bibby et al. 2000.
For each site different parameters were collected including the number of species and the number of
individuals per each species, weather conditions etc.
All species of waterbirds associated with wetlands and other wetland dependent birds were entered
into standardised count forms that were delivered to the National Coordinator.
Finally the waterbird data registered for each site were compared with other sites in terms of the
total number of birds, total number of species and the Shannon-Wiener diversity index.

2.4 Prelimiary results of IWC 2019


IWC 2019 involved numerous institutions, organizations and demanded quite a substantial
contribution.

2.4.1 Participants to IWC 2019


The census was undertaken by national and international experts representing national and
international organizations.
Overall, apart from 4 Albanian NGOs (AOS, APAWA, INCA and PPNEA), the National Agency for
Protected Areas and all the 12 RAPAs were involved in the census (Table 1). The teams were
supported by 3 independent experts.
An International Expert that has already collaborated with the Project (Prof. Mauro Fasola of
University of Pavia) participated to the census on a voluntary basis, providing further insight on
bird recognition in particular to the RAPA of Lezhe during the exercise carried out at Kune-Vain.
This year the students of the BirdID course (the so called Bird ID Students) participated to the
census, ensuring to the initiative a widen visibility and setting the basis for creating an enlarged
team of expert ready to conduct the forthcoming census independently by the support of external
donors and expertizes. BirdID course is held by Nord University with AOS an PPNEA in Albania. It
is a successful experience implemented in 8-15 European countries. Albania became part of the
BirdID course in 2018.
In total, 127 persons, including technical assistants and Bird ID student were directly participating
in the counts (Annex 1 reports the full list of participants).

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Table 1: Organizations and bird experts directly involved in the IWC 2019 in Albania
Organizations Nr. of wetlands Wetland Sites per Organization
AOS 8 Shkodra (Albanian part), Kune-Vain, Patoku, Lalzi Bay, Shena-
Vlash, Tirana lake, Farka Lake, Divjaka-Karavasta
APAWA 3 Shkodra lake (Albanian part), Buna-Velipoja, Vau i Dejes
UT 5 Thana lake, Karpeni, Semani, Belshi & Banja lakes
INCA 2 Kune-Vain and Lake Shkodra
PPNEA 5 Narta, Orikumi, Butrinti, Syri i Kalter and Bulo
AUT The Albanian part of Ohrid, Macro Prespa and Micro Prespa,
RAPA Shkodër 2 Buna-Velipoja and the Albanian part of Shkodra lake
RAPA Kukës 1 Fierza lake, Ulez water reservoir
RAPA Dibër 1 Ulza lake
RAPA Lezhë 2 Kune-Vain, Patoku
RAPA Durrës 2 Lalzi bay, Shena-Vlashi
RAPA Tiranë 3 Tirana lake, Farka Lake, Divjaka-Karavasta
RAPA Elbasan 2 Belshi lakes, Banja lake
RAPA Fier 2 Divjaka-Karavasta, Semani
RAPA Vlorë 3 Narta, Orikumi, Butrinti, Syri i Kalter
RAPA Berat 1 Thana reservoir
RAPA Korçë 3 Albanian part of Ohrid, Macro Prespa and Micro Prespa lakes
RAPA Gjirokaster 1 Bulo reservoir

The team of experts that contributed in IWC were:


1. Besnik Hallaci – RAPA Kukes
2. Denik Ulqini - APAWA
3. Erald Zeka – AOS
4. Ferdinand Bego – AOS & University of Tirana (UT)
5. Mauro Fasola – University of Pavia (Italy)
6. Mirjan Topi - PPNEA
7. Spase Shumka – Agricultural University of Tirana
8. Taulant Bino – AOS, Polis University (National IWC Coordinator for Albania) and
9. Zydjon Vorpsi - PPNEA

Each expert was leading its own team composed mainly by NGO volunteers and students of BirdID.
The latter group offered real field support and helped in the successful accomplishment of the IWC
process.

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2.4.2 Sites covered during IWC 2019
In total 25 wetland sites were monitored during the 2019 IWC (Fig. 1) with four sites, Lake Farka,
Lake Ulza, Lake Syri i Kalter and Bulo reservoir covered for the first time. In addition, counts in
Divjaka-Karavasta were extended to the Osmani Marsh, situated in the northern part of Divjaka-
Karavasta National Park and part of the same wetland ecosystem.
The 25 sites covered in 2019 included coastal lagoons, continental lakes, rivers, reservoirs, swamps,
sandy beaches etc.
Figure 1: Wetlands covered by IWC 2019 in Albania

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Among the 25 sites visited, 15 of them are designated as Important Bird Areas, IBAs (Table 2).
Furthermore, 11 of the sites belong to the network of Protected Areas in Albania.

Table 2: Information on sites covered during IWC 2019 in Albania


Site IBA
Nr. IWV Sites Date 2019 Institutions involved
Code Code
1 Buna-Velipoja AL00001 AL013 13th of January, APAWA & RAPA Shkodër
Orikum (Vlora
2 AL00002 AL010 12th of January PPNEA & RAPA Vlorë
bay)
Divjaka-
3 AL00003 AL006 12th of January AOS, NaturAL Project & RAPA Fier
Karavasta
AOS, INCA, NaturAL Project & RAPA
4 Kune-Vain AL00004 AL007 13th of January
Lezhë
Lake Macro
5 AL00005 AL003 12th of January AUT & RAPA Korçë
Prespa
Lake Micro
6 AL00006 AL004 12th of January AUT & RAPA Korçë
Prespa
7 Lake Ohrid AL00007 AL002 13th of January AUT & RAPA Korçë
8 Lake Shkodra AL00008 AL001 12th of January, AOS, APAWA, INCA & RAPA Shkodër
9 Lalzi bay AL00009 AL015 13th of January AOS & RAPA Durrës
10 Patok AL00011 AL014 13th of January AOS , ASPBM & RAPA Lezhë
11 Semani AL00012 AL016 13th of January UT & RAPA Fier
12 Thana AL00013 AL017 12th of January UT, RAPA Berat & RAPA Fier
13 Karpen AL00015 - 13th of January UT & RAPA Tiranë
14 Shena-Vlash AL00016 - 13th of January AOS & RAPA Durrës
15 Belshi Lakes AL00017 - 12th of January UT & RAPA Elbasan
16 Banja Lake AL00018 - 12th of January UT & RAPA Elbasan
17 Fierza Lake AL00019 - 12th of January RAPA Kukës
18 Vau i Dejes AL00020 - 11th of January APAWA
19 Tirana Lake AL00020 - 11th of January AOS & RAPA Tiranë
20 Farka Lake AL00021 - 11th of January AOS & RAPA Tiranë
21 Syri i Kalter Lake AL00022 - 13th of January PPNEA & RAPA Vlorë
22 Bulo reservoir AL00023 AL016 13th of January PPNEA & RAPA Gjirokastër
23 Ulza Lake AL00024 - 13th of January RAPA Kukës & RAPA Dibër
24 Narta (Vlora bay) AL00021 AL005 12th of January PPNEA & RAPA Vlorë
25 Butrinti AL00023 AL012 13th of January PPNEA & RAPA Vlorë

2.4.3. IWC 2019 Detailed Results


In total, there were 61 species of waterbirds were identified during the IWC 2019 in Albania with a
total number of 146,395 individuals.
Coots (Fulica atra) compose the most dominant group representing circa 44.7% of the observed
waterbirds. The other dominant groups are represented by Ducks, Gulls and Waders respectively
with 20.9%, 9.85% and 7.89% of the total number (Table 3). Those four groups only are responsible
for almost 83.34% of the total number of waterbirds. Similar to the census of other years, there are
numerous Cormorants (almost 5.03%), Flamingos (2,7%.), Grebes (3,63%), Herons (1.7%.),

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Pelicans (almost 0,21%), Swans (0,03 %) and Terns (0,05 %). For a more detailed list of birds and
their abundance see Annex 2.

Table 3: Major groups of wintering waterbirds during IWC 2017 in Albania.


Main Taxa 2018 Nb. of individuals Nb. of species Comparative %
Divers 11 1 0.007
Grebes 5323 4 3.636
Cormorants 7375 2 5.037
Pelicans 317 1 0.216
Herons 2527 4 1.726
Storks 2 1 0.001
Spoonbills 58 1 0.039
Flamingos 3964 1 2.707
Swans 51 2 0.034
Geese 12 1 0.008
Dabbling ducks 23856 7 16.295
Diving ducks 6746 8 4.608
Unidentified ducks 3905 - 2.667
Coots, Moorhens and Rails 65443 3 44.703
Waders 11556 18 7.893
Unidentified Plovers 180 - 0.122
Unidentified Shanks 125 - 0.085
Unidentified Sandpipers 328 - 0.224
Gulls 14423 6 9.852
Unidentified Gulls 109 0 0.074
Terns 81 2 0.055
Unidentified Terns 3 - 0.002
Total Waterbirds 146395 61 100%

With regards to the sites visited, Lake Shkodra Nature Managed Reserve and Divjaka-Karavasta
National Park registered the highest number of waterbirds with respectively 35,358 and 35,019
individuals. Those two sites are followed by Macro Prespa with 17,769 individuals, 11000 in Kune-
Vain and 10,453 individuals in Narta (see Figure 1 and Table in Annex 2).

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In terms of waterbird species, Divjaka-Karavasta remains the most important site in Albania with 47
species registered. It is followed bu other sites such as Butrint with 34 species, Lalzi with 33
species, Patoku with 32 species, Narta with 31 species etc (Fig. 2). It is obvious that coastal lagoons
are more interesting considering the highest variety of waterbirds.

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2.4.4. IWC results for 2013-2019 and 1996-2019
Relevant fluctuations are noticed at site level during the IWC in 2016-2019. Divjake-Karavasta and
Shkodra lake maintain their position as the wetlands sites with the highest number of waterbirds.
At the country level, the data from 2013-2019 does not show a clear tendency during those seven
years.

Furthermore, the recent surge in waterbird numbers does not effect the overall trend of waterbirds
from 1996 to 2019. As it is shown in Fig. 4, this trend remains negative.

The above graph stresses the need for the preservation of wetland habitats from loss and

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degradation. The observed trend is similar to different waterbirds’ populations in the Balkans
(Wetlands International multiannual comparative analysis). Nevertheless understanding the real
reasons for such a trend it is imperative to undertake additional analysis at site or species level.

2.5 IWC 2019 visibility


The International Waterbird Census 2019 in Albania was again a successful and cooperative effort
taking into account the high number of participants and the larger territory covered compared with
2017. The event is considered also as on job training for the RAPA staff and the involved volunteers
becoming thus instrumental in increasing technical capacities in the country for fauna monitoring.
An launching initiative for the IWC event was organized on the 11th of January 2019, with BirdID
Students. NGO representatives, staff from NAPA and Tirana Municipality under request of Mr.
Klosi, Minister of Tourism and Environment, in Tirana lake. The event was broadcasted by several
media being present.
Besides, IWC at three sites was covered by national and local media who broadcasted interviews
with different expert teams and RAPA staff.
Social media has also actively covered the event with the NaturAl Project, several NGOs and
RAPAs distributing the news of the IWC event through their social networks
The visibility of such initiative is very important in order to raise awareness on the importance of
wetland ecosystems as crucial sites for the survival of waterbird species.
On the other hand it helps in motivating all interested parties to further contribute towards nature
conservation in Albania.

2.6 IWC 2019 Coordination efforts


Preparations for a successful accomplishment of IWC 2019 in Albania started by November 2019
and included intensive communication among the IWC key stakeholders as well as several
organizational meetings.
The whole event took a considerable amount of coordination among the experts and NAPA.
Coordination efforts at expert level were covered by the National IWC Coordinator supported by
NaturAl Project team. At NAPA and RAPA level, coordination efforts were headed by NAPA
administrative staff.
Both sides, Experts and NAPA, met regularly for discussing all the coordination actions including:
- Selection of wetland sites under the IWC 2019,
- Selection of ornithological experts,
- Team compositions,
- Involvement of BirdID students,

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- IWC methodology and
- Other organizational matters.
A final joint coordination meeting was held on the 10th of January 2019 at the premises of the
Ministry of Tourism and Environment. The final meeting helped in clarifying the last organizational
concerns including material, equipments, logistics etc.

2.7 IWC constraints

2.7.1 Site access


Access at some of the sites becomes difficult due to the very harsh weather conditions that prevail
during that time of the year. As the result, reaching some of the observation points asks for a lot
more time than otherwise planned by the team.
Some sites definitively need two simultaneously working teams in order to finish the counting of a
site during the same day. This is the case for Divjaka (three teams), Narta (two teams), Kune-Vain
(two teams) and Shkodra (two teams).

2.7.2 IWC methodology


It is of great importance to understand that the aim of IWC event is not the provision of absolute
figures or bird numbers for each wetland site rather than the same coverage of each wetland site
among different years. Wetlands International pays very much attention at following the same
methodology every year that ensures the coverage of wetland sites is not changing from one year to
another. The same coverage is crucial as it allows to compare data among years and to calculate the
general trend for sites, species and waterbird populations.
The methodology is not appropriately implemented by different working teams. This is the case for
Narta where at least 6 polygons from some 30 predefined polygons have not been counted. The
same for Butrint where several polygons have not been covered by the working teams despite their
easy access. The above shows that work in the field should planned better and well in advance in
order to revise the timing of counting for each counting point and share responsibilities among
different team of experts.
In order to better clarify the methodology at the national level, the national coordinator will provide
an adaptation of the IWC methodology for the interested parties including IWC expert counters and
volunteers as well as for NAPA and RAPA staff involved in such a process

2.7.3 Timing the IWC


Somehow, on job training during the IWC slows the process of the counting and provides
difficulties for the organisers. It is recommended that training for IWC new comers should occur
well in advance of the IWC dates.

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3 DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
3.1 IWC 2019 way forward
In these past 4 years the capacities of the country including NGOs, scientific institutions and PA
administrations has steadily increased also in expanding to cover more wetlands sites in Albania.
Furthermore, the visibility campaign, ensured by the Project on behalf of NAPA and MoTE, served
to encourage greater interest in waterbirds and wetlands amongst people, and thereby promote the
conservation of wetlands and waterbirds in Albania.

3.2 IWC 2019 RAPA participation analysis and way forwards


IWC 2019 is yet carried out and supported by Project and NGO and some RAPA’s staff while
NAPA took charge in establishing the coordination of the RAPA side through Fatmir Kryeziu,
ensuring that each RAPA is providing the staff and the logistic support (e.g. vehicles, optics, GPS,
drone etc).
Good progress was noted among the RAPA staff being involved in previous activities. In some of
the protected areas such as Divjaka-Karavasta, Vjose-Narta, Orikumi, Kune-Vain, Lake Shkodra
and Lake Prespa this progress was quite obvious.
Despite the support, further training and motivation is still needed among RAPAs staff in order to
improve their performance in monitoring activities.
IWC remains a good opportunity for the RAPA’s involvement. But it is still a single event and as
such it has its weaknesses in characterizing the wetland habitats in the country. Regular monitoring
offers the best platform for characterising the wetland sites, provides evidences on the presence of
the species, shows their all year distribution, indicates the most important zones inside a Protected
Area and provides management ideas aiming to improve the status of species and habitats.
It is time that RAPA’s staff is fully involved in all year round monitoring activities. This effort
would be very beneficial for strengthening RAPA’s technical capacities as well as for the better
management of the Protected Areas. This process could be supported by national experts involved
in IWC. BirdID course, mentioned before, offers an excellent opportunity for increasing the
capacities of RAPAs. It is of great interest that their participation is fully supported by NAPA as it
would provide a real benefit for the capacities of RAPA’s in field ornithology.
Finally, the International Waterbird Census 2019 in Albania was again a successful and cooperative
effort taking into account the high number of participants and the larger territory covered compared
with previous years.

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Annex 1. List of experts and participants in IWC 2019 in Albania

Nr Participants list Insitution


1 A. Jonko RAPA Korçë
2 A. Mazenkovski KfW Project
3 A.Begi AUT
4 A.Braho RAPA Korçë
5 A.Velofski RAPA Korçë
6 Admir Hoxha AOS
7 Age Martini RAPA Shkodër
8 Albi Bello RAPA Vlorë
9 Alvi Xhullima Bird ID
10 Andi Bego RAPA Korçë
11 Ardian Koçi RAPA Fier
12 Ardian Zelgjini A.U. Ulëz
13 Armando Lleshaj RAPA Lezhë
14 Armela Roçi RAPA Elbasan
15 Artion Seferi RAPA Vlorë
16 Aurora Zylaj APAWA
17 Bajram Kullolli RAPA Elbasan
18 Besard Zeli RAPA Durrës
19 Besim Qosja Rapa Dibër
20 Besnik Hallaci RAPA Kukës
21 Bledar Ara RAPA Shkodër
22 Bledar Bulica RAPA Kukës
23 Cane Aliaj RAPA Vlorë
24 Caterina Carugati NaurAL Project
25 Costanze Schaffer KfW Project
26 Dea Zyruku Bird ID
27 Denada Ziu PPNEA
28 Denik Ulqini APAWA
29 Deniz Ҫupi Xhoga NAPA
30 Dorian Nasi RAPA Fier
31 E. Lico RAPA Korçë
32 Edison Kashori RAPA Berat
33 Edison Xhaferaj RAPA Berat
34 Elton Daka RAPA Fier
35 Elvis Avdolli RAPA Korçë
36 Emerli Murtati RAPA Kukës
37 Endora Çelohoxhaj INCA
38 Enold Shaho RAPA Korçë
39 Erald Bejko AOS

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40 Erald Xeka AOS
41 Ervin Allushi RAPA Fier
42 Fatmir Kryeziu NAPA
43 Fatos Nako RAPA Berat
44 Ferdinand Bego UT-FNS
45 Festim Broja RAPA Shkodër
46 Festim Hoxha RAPA Fier
47 Flogert Haslika Rapa Dibër
48 Florian Allojbo RAPA Berat
49 Florian Rustemi RAPA Vlorë
50 Florjana Harusha RAPA Shkodër
51 Fotjon Prençe RAPA Fier
52 Gani Bego RAPA Korçë
53 Gazmi Mera Rapa Dibër
54 Gentian Sllomi RAPA Elbasan
55 Gëzim Tarja RAPA Tiranë
56 Gjergj Pjetri RAPA Lezhë
57 Gligor Dushi RAPA Gjirokastër
58 Goran Gugic INCA
59 Halil Celmanaj RAPA Durrës
60 Hysen Leskaj RAPA Gjirokastër
61 Ilçe Kostofski PPNEA
62 J.Mingo AUT
63 Jurgen Abedini RAPA Berat
64 Klea Duro AOS
65 Kliton Hysollari PPNEA
66 Kreshnik Toni RAPA Lezhë
67 Kristian Beqiri RAPA Lezhë
68 Kristo Valsami RAPA Gjirokastër
69 Latif Muzhaqi AOS
70 Laura Shumka AUT
71 Lavdosh Shkurtaj RAPA Vlorë
72 Ledi Selgjeka PPNEA
73 Leild Emiri RAPA Durrës
74 Lindrit Beqiraj RAPA Vlorë
75 Llazar Xamo RAPA Vlorë
76 Llesh Hashi Burrel Municipality
77 Luan Hallunaj RAPA Shkodër
78 Lulash Alija RAPA Shkodër
79 Maringlen Lena Rapa Dibër
80 Matilda Duri NaturAl project
81 Matilda Duri NaturAl project
82 Mauro Fasola International Expert

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83 Mehdi Setrezi Rapa Dibër
84 Mirjan Topi PPNEA
85 Naim Herri RAPA Durrës
86 Ndoc Pjetri RAPA Lezhë
87 Nexhip Hysolakoj RAPA Vlorë
88 Nikolla Niko RAPA Vlorë
89 Odise Celoaliaj RAPA Vlorë
90 Olsi Duma RAPA Korçë
91 Ornela Poçi RAPA Elbasan
92 Petrit Sinaj RAPA Kukës
93 Pjeter Jaku RAPA Lezhë
94 Preng Gjonaj Rapa Dibër
95 Ramis Xhurxhi AOS
96 Ramiz Koxha Rapa Dibër
97 Renald Xhanej RAPA Lezhë
98 Ridjola Lika Bird ID
99 Romilda Lika Bird ID
100 Rozar Ujka RAPA Lezhë
101 Shefqet Paja RAPA Durrës
102 Shkëlqim Hasa Rapa Dibër
103 Shpetim Iseberi RAPA Elbasan
104 Shpetim Perri RAPA Fier
105 Silvana Zenelaj RAPA Shkodër
106 Sofokli Duka RAPA Vlorë
107 Sokrat Muco RAPA Vlorë
108 Spase Shumka AUT
109 Stiliano Nikolla RAPA Vlorë
110 Sulejman Xhepa NAPA
111 Taulant Bino AOS
112 Theodhori Dhime RAPA Gjirokastër
113 Tom Gjelaj RAPA Lezhë
114 Tonin Macaj RAPA Shkodër
115 Tritan Guni AOS
116 Valdet Rexha RAPA Kukës
117 Valentina Fejzo RAPA Vlorë
118 Vasil Jankulla RAPA Korçë
119 Vasil Male RAPA Korçë
120 Vasil Vlashi RAPA Gjirokastër
121 Viktor Minga RAPA Vlorë
122 Vladimir Ganaj RAPA Vlorë
123 Xhek Nezha RAPA Elbasan
124 Xhemal Xherri PPNEA
125 Xhevdet Saraci RAPA Gjirokastër

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126 Zamir Dedej NAPA
127 Zydjon Vorpsi PPNEA

Annex 2: Waterbirds registered during IWC 2019 in Albania

No. Wetland sites Number of waterbirds No. of species


1 Karavasta 35,019 47
2 Kune-Vain 11,000 30
3 Shkoder 35,358 26
4 Macro Prespa 17,769 17
5 Ohri 15,549 17
6 Narta 10,453 31
7 Thana 4,304 21
8 Butrinti 4021 34
9 Lalzi 4,211 33
10 Orikumi 2.035 18
11 Bune-Velipoje 847 20
12 Patoku 2,495 32
13 Fierza 1,138 16
14 Tirana lake 728 8
15 Vau i Dejes 399 6
16 Micro Prespa 0 0
17 Shena-Vlash 118 10
18 Karpen 108 6
19 Semani 305 9
20 Banja 159 7
21 Belshi 236 8
22 Farka 65 6
23 Bulo 43 4
24 Syri i Kalter 43 3
25 Ulza 84 4
Total Albania 146395 61

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Strengthening National capacity in Nature Protection
preparation for Natura 2000 network
This project is funded
by European Union.
Annex 3. Detailed results of IWC 2019 in Albania
Nr. Scientific name D-K B-V Sh K-V Pa La Sh-V Ka Fi Se Tha Be Ba V-N Or Bu Ohri PM PV VD LT LF Bu SK LU Total
1 Gavia arctica 3 5 2 1 11
Tachybaptus
2 ruficollis 27 1 318 291 8 2 4 24 17 54 17 10 4 38 315 231 44 51 31 9 1496
3 Podiceps cristatus 224 28 100 12 6 2 4 19 87 8 20 505 398 2070 2 1 4 3490
Podiceps
4 grisegena 7 4 3 14
Podiceps
5 nigricollis 30 6 64 12 20 11 1 50 89 38 1 1 323
Phalacrocorax
6 carbo 1295 85 73 98 34 7 2 46 8 78 8 179 96 152 261 315 2 12 2751
Microcarbo
7 pygmeus 1401 81 2536 93 5 1 10 5 224 114 22 33 51 48 4624
8 Pelecanus crispus 251 12 1 34 19 317
9 Botaurus stellaris 1 1
10 Egretta garzetta 300 632 97 21 14 1 0 2 20 56 12 11 2 4 1172
11 Ardea alba 548 52 126 5 3 1 1 0 3 15 27 27 64 1 1 1 875
12 Ardea cinerea 143 8 22 22 15 8 1 20 30 3 2 50 109 10 1 6 5 1 10 1 12 479
13 Ciconia ciconia 1 1 2
Platalea
14 leucorodia 18 10 30 58
Phoenicopterus
15 roseus 2531 487 48 875 23 3964
16 Cygnus olor 26 19 45
17 Cygnus cygnus 6 6
18 Anser sp. 12 12
19 Tadorna tadorna 756 70 15 8 31 560 1440
20 Mareca penelope 5896 19 775 16 521 3 229 383 32 504 40 2 7 1 8428
21 Mareca strepera 264 7 143 2 2 7 7 50 98 4 13 597
22 Anas crecca 5129 75 301 82 193 78 130 407 7 1943 71 150 10 55 2 8633
Anas
23 platyrhynchos 97 14 22 56 2 4 6 110 610 41 40 135 7 29 26 50 1249

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24 Anas acuta 896 491 10 60 7 1464
25 Spatula clypeata 1214 2 664 16 42 1 67 36 3 2045
26 Netta rufina 11 26 4 41
27 Aythya ferina 62 3009 658 4 207 12 629 268 4849
28 Aythya nyroca 16 4 2 22
29 Aythya fuligula 532 7 230 919 1688
Bucephala
30 clangula 3 1 4
31 Mergellus albellus 3 1 4
32 Mergus serrator 32 75 19 126
33 Mergus merganser 11 1 12
34 Anatidae sp. 3579 129 130 26 41 3905
35 Rallus aquaticus 3 8 4 2 3 4 24
Gallinula
36 chloropus 5 48 4 2 2 16 8 12 8 2 1 19 4 33 164
37 Fulica atra 3484 50 25583 5919 14 4 58 688 1222 986 12800 13510 257 644 26 10 65255
Haematopus
38 ostralegus 2 4 6
39 Vanellus vanellus 12 3 15 1355 126 282 1793
Recurvirostra
40 avosetta 7 211 218
Charadrius
41 hiaticula 3 28 31
Charadrius
42 alexandrinus 158 12 6 30 5 42 36 289
43 Charadrius sp. 180 180
44 Pluvialis apricaria 5 1 2 24 113 86 231
Pluvialis
45 squatarola 88 1 13 50 404 5 5 566
46 Calidris minuta 340 160 500
47 Calidris alpina 1239 61 14 1628 19 4164 32 7157
48 Calidris sp. 40 288 328
Gallinago
49 gallinago 6 6 34 1 4 11 2 1 8 3 2 78
50 Limosa limosa 1 1 1 2 5
51 Numenius arquata 41 1 99 69 57 6 273

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52 Tringa erythropus 5 2 2 52 61
53 Tringa totanus 104 38 6 21 54 51 15 289
54 Tringa stagnatilis 2 4 6
55 Tringa nebularia 16 2 4 9 1 32
56 Tringa ochropus 2 2 1 5
57 Actitis hypoleucos 2 1 1 2 8 2 16
58 Tringa sp. 108 17 125
Larus
59 melanocephalus 2 2
60 Larus minutus 1 2 3
Croicocephalus
61 ridibundus 3933 202 2099 254 1878 1337 3 686 15 499 38 32 340 1 558 677 213 40 3 12808
62 Larus genei 508 1 509
63 Larus canus 2 1 2 5
64 Larus michahellis 106 218 85 18 37 18 4 13 29 2 543 14 9 1096
65 Larus sp. 102 7 109
Hydroprogne
66 caspia 8 8
Thalasseus
67 sandvicensis 24 1 3 8 15 22 73
68 Chlidonias sp. 2 1 3
TOTAL 35019 847 35358 11000 2495 4211 118 16 1138 305 4304 236 159 10453 2035 4021 15549 17769 0 399 728 65 43 43 84 146395

DK – Divjake-Karavasta, BV – Bune-Velipoja, SH – Shkodra lake (Albanian part), KV – Kune-Vain, PA – Patok, GJL – Gjiri i Lalzit, SHV – Shena-Vlash, KA – Karpen, FI – Fierza
Lake (Kukws), SE – Seman, TH – Thana lake, BE – Belshi lakes, BA – Banja Lake, NA – Narta, OR – Orikum, BU – Butrint, OH – Ohrid lake (Albanian part), PM – Macro Prespa
(Albanian part), PV – Micro Prespa (Albanian part), VD – Vau i Dejes, LT – Lake of Tirana, LF – Lake of Farka, Bu- Bulo reservoir, SK- Syri i Kalter, LU – Lake of Ulza

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