Butrint National Park: Biodiversity and Global Heritage Conservation

Project Summary

The proposed GEF project aims to connect biodiversity conservation and sustainable ecosystem management with conservation of world heritage in the Butrint aquatic and wetland complex and to mobilize donor’s support for long term financing of the Park complex. The resulting MSP would seek to conserve a World Heritage site composed of a number of ecosystems but coastal wetlands are the main ecological system. The project would protect and rehabilitate about 13,000 hectares of coastal and aquatic habitats for endangered flora and fauna, piloting restoration work on degraded landscapes (natural, semi natural and agricultural). It will establish an endowment fund (the Butrint Conservation fund). The government would propose it as a Ramsar site too.17 Oct 2005:The project is expected to make a direct contribution to ensure sustainability of protected areas network by developing and disseminating a local long term sustainable management model for Albania's coastal and marine protected area system. The Ramser wetland complex (totaling 13500ha) including the Butrint Global Heritage Site and National Park (2900ha) will be brought under effective protected areas management. In addition, the project will contribute to mainstream biodiversity in productive landscapes and sectors by incorporating biodiversity aspects into tourism, forestry, and pasture management plans around Butrint.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Butrint National Park Board (BNPB)
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
950,000 USD
Co-financing Total
1,208,160 USD
GEF Agency Fees
87,750 USD
Total Cost 2,183,160.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
06 Oct 2005
Preparation Grant Approved
01 Oct 2003
Project Approved for Implementation
29 Jun 2007
Project closed
30 Sep 2010