Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS) in partnership with the PSEDA-Iliria and ResPublica are jointly implementing the “Let’s Make Divjaka Natural Again” project, financed by  Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). The project “Let’s Make Divjaka Natural Again” aims at preserving and protecting biodiversity as a whole in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park by ensuring sustainability in decision-making.

For years, AOS, in addition to working for the protection of wild birds, has also taken a position on the issue of critical habitat protection by addressing many aspects closely related to sustainable development, ecosystem conservation, and especially by addressing the proper advocacy strategy against environmental crimes as well as in the protection of natural heritage and resources.

In this context, in order to better tackle the threats or concerns facing wetlands and Protected Areas, especially seen from a youth perspective, AOS will organize a camp for youth interested in advocating for the protection of these ecosystems.

The general goal of this activity is to increase the capacity of young people in order to mobilize them in the conservation of natural ecosystems, species of fauna, and flora, as well as to advocate for the improvement of nature protection policies. With the support of the best experts in the field of biodiversity, tourism, and policy, this initiative will include field practices (outdoor) as well as theoretical knowledge (indoor). This implies that applicants who have mainly training in environmental fields, who seek to increase their capacity and knowledge in ecology and biology of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, with a special focus on aspects of plant and habitats, will have priority in the selection process. As mentioned above, presentations on environmental and sustainable tourism policies by experts in the respective fields will also receive significant attention during the camp.

In conclusion, in this 3-day experience are invited all those motivated individuals who seek to take a more active role and leadership in the implementation of actions, campaigns, and projects on wildlife and environmental preservation.

The experts who will lead the sessions in this camp are as follows:

  • Dorian Matliaj                                              Legal Expert
  • Ermelinda Mahmutaj                                   Expert on Plants and Habitats
  • Ferdinand Bego                                           Expert on Mammals, Amphibians, and Reptiles
  • Irena Dule                                                    Legal Expert
  • Ols Lafe                                                       Tourism Expert
  • Taulant Bino                                                 Expert on Birds

 

For more detailed information, please check the following section:

  • When is the application deadline?                                            February 25, 2021
  • When will the selected applicants be announced?                   March 01, 2021
  • When will the camp take place?                                               March 5-6-7, 2021
  • When will the camp take place?                                               Divjaka-Karavasta National Park

 

The criteria the applicants must meet are as follows:

  • Must be between the ages of 21-35 at the time of application,
  • Must be currently pursuing higher education, or
  • Must have completed their higher education,
  • Must have a background in environmental sciences, biology, environmental biology,
  • Must have a work history in biodiversity issues, nature conservation, and management, environmental engineering, environmental planning, tourism issues, but also those applicants who have records in advocacy in defense of one or several environmental causes.

 

All possible expenses (transport, meals, and accommodation) will be covered by the camp organizers.

The applicant must submit the supporting documents listed below to the e-mail address: aos@aos-alb.org by February 25, 2021.

  • CV (Curriculum Vitae),
  • Motivation letter.

 

For any questions or concerns, you can reach us at the following email addresses:

 

Good luck,

AOS staff

 

 

 

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