Lurë-Dejës Mt. National Park is one of the most beautiful and wild national parks in Albania. Unfortunately, it suffered massive deforestation due to illegal logging and series of forest fires which decimated its forests.
Our mission is planting trees to help the Lurë National Park to recover from these unfortunate events. We aim to plant 7 500 trees by the end of 2022. We are working together with local community, Lurë National Park authorities (AdZM Dibër) and our partners to achieve our goal.
During our events and development projects (tree nursery, information centre, forest management), we connect and support local communities.
We hope the Trees for Lurë project will last for many years and brings not only trees back to Lurë but also job opportunities for the locals and of course new visitors who will enjoy the Lurë National Park.
Our activites not only help to recover the decimated population of endangered Balkan pine but also boost rural and economic development in the area, especially for people living in the villages within the Lurë National Park.
Recovery of forests in the Lurë Nation Park is not a trivial task to execute, the damaged area has almost 500ha and is situated in difficult terrain. We are working together with local community and especially with the Lurë National Park authorities (AdZM Dibër) to coordinate our efforts.
You see current state of reforestaion in our Project Map which includes our activities as well as activities of other organisations working in Lurë National Park.
Re-planting mixed coniferous forest in Lurë is crucial to the recovery of its ecosystem. Suitable native spieces include Pinus peuce, Abies alba, Pinus nigra and Fagus sylvatica. Trees also provide protection of the land from erosion and forest fires which are a serious problem at the moment.
Cleaning up old trees that have been left behind since the time of logging needs to be done before young trees can be planted. Old wood also poses a fire hazard as it is dry. At the moment no wood can leave national park boundaries to ensure the protection against logging.
Setting up a tree nursery would be hugely beneficial. At the moment sourcing young trees is both logistical and economical problem. It would also provide a connection with the local community as well as generate income for caretakers.
Rural and economic development in the Lurë National Park has enormous potential due to its tourist appeal. We work with the local community to execute our projects and aim to generate additional income streams from our activities such as cleanup and tree nursery.
2022: Planing Summer & Autumn
We learned a lot in 2021 and the 2022 will be all about putting that experience into practice. We try to double the number of trees we plant or even more depending on the available finaces.
2022: Tree nursery
We have successufly planted 2712 trees but in order to take the reforestaion in Lurë to the next level we need to grow our own trees in Lurë. This will allow us to cut costs but most imporatntly plant at the highest protected area of the National Park - the lakes.
- Prepare a project and build the Trees for Lurë tree nursery in the Lurë area
- Collect seeds in the Lurë National Park for Pinus Peuce, Abies Alba and Pinus Nigra
- Grow the seeds into seedlings with capacity of 2000 pieces per spieces
Planting trees costs money (and surprisingly a lot) despite the trees grow for free, you just have to plant them first!
We can plant one tree for as little €2. That's like one beer!?
Your donations are only used to buy trees, transport them to Lurë National Park, pay for tools, food and logistics to organise planting events.
If you want to get your hands dirty, don't mind cold, snow or mud we welcome you with open arms, a tree and a shovel.
Trees won't plant themselves, especially not thousands of them.
We are looking for volunteers who could spare a few days. So if you want to plant trees, help with promotion, social media or anything else give us a shout.
Fry-IT Ltd., United Kingdom
Is financially supporting the project.
PhD Arch. Elvan Dajko, Albania
Is financially supporting the project.
Mirjana Pali / Scout Tirana 1
Events coordinator, Translations
Mirjana is handling the logistics as a team leader of Scout Tirana 1. She is translating the website into Albanian.
Florian Rizvanolli / Scout Tirana 1
Florian is handling the general program of our events in Lurë, as well as curating the event's social networks.
Olgerta Puta / Scout Tirana 1
Finance, Accounting, Law
Olgerta manages our finances and consults us on the Albanian law.
Coordinator for the UK, Fundraising
Gojart connects us with the Albanian diaspora in the UK organising events and fundrasing.
Nazmi Ajazi / Independent
Nazmi provides guidance and oversight of the tree planting, making sure trees are planted correctly.