National Agency of Protected Areas (Albania)

The National Agency of Protected Areas (Albanian: Agjencia Kombëtare e Zonave të Mbrojtura, abbreviated AKZM) is a government agency in Albania. Its main duties are focused on the management, protection, development, expansion and operation of the protected areas in the country, which today account for about 16% of the territory of Albania.[2] AKZM was established on February 4, 2015 and took many of the functions and duties of former local Forestry Police which was abolished. The newly created local Protected Areas Administrations (AdZM) on a county level are: AdZM Tiranë, AdZM Durrës, AdZM Shkodër, AdZM Kukës, AdZM Dibër, AdZM Lezhë, AdZM Elbasan, AdZM Berat, AdZM Fier, AdZM Korçë, AdZM Vlorë, AdZM Gjirokastër.

National Agency of Protected Areas
Agjencia Kombëtare e Zonave të Mbrojtura
Agjencia Kombëtare e Zonave të Mbrojtura.svg
Logo of AKZM
Agency overview
FormedFebruary 4, 2015 (2015-02-04)
Preceding agency
  • Forestry Police
JurisdictionAlbanian Government
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Zamir Dedej, General Director
Parent departmentMinistry of Tourism and Environment

Organization and MissionEdit

The agency is under the authority of the Minister of Tourism and Environment. It specializes in defending Albanian agroforestry heritage, safeguarding the environment and landscape. It complied with the fulfillment of security services as well as the control of the territory, with particular reference to rural and mountainous areas.[3][4]

The AKZM have as primary role to safeguarding the wooded areas, but also have other numerous and varied institutional tasks, which is part of a wider context of protection of the environment and the territory, human health, animal protection, flora and landscaping, conservation biodiversity. It is also charged to protect the Albanian National Parks; marine protected areas and protected areas.[5]

Some of important duties of the AKZM are:[6]

  • Controls the implementation of the law on forests, pastures, protected areas, wild flora and fauna, hunting activities and other activities carried out in the national forest fund by private and public entities, and proposes the revocation of licenses when subjects act in violation of the relevant law;
  • Prevents, detects and fights damage, occupation, abuse, alienation, desecration and degradation of forests and forest land, violation of uncontrolled interventions in the forestry fund and in the natural environment;
  • Organizes work on prevention and extinction of fires on protected areas, in cooperation with Fire and Rescue service and General Directorate of Civil Emergencies;[7]
  • Prevents and takes measures in the cases of illegal exploitation and trading of wood material, crime in the forestry sector, pastures, protected areas and forests with special function, wild flora and fauna, medicinal, aromatic and ethereal herbs, forest and non-forest products of national forests fund, as well as any other activity contrary to the law;

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Krijohet Agjencia Kombëtare e Zonave të Mbrojtura, punësohen 224 vetë - Shekulli". Shekulli. 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  2. ^ "Misioni dhe Objektivat" (in Albanian). Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  3. ^ "Law 68/2014 on "Protection of Biodiversity"" (PDF). 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  4. ^ "Law Nr. 8905, dated 6.6.2002 on "Protecting the marine environment from pollution and damage"" (PDF). 2002-06-06. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  5. ^ "Krijohet Agjencia Kombëtare e Zonave të Mbrojtura, do ruajë biodiversitetin". Agjencia e Lajmeve SOT NEWS. 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  6. ^ "Misioni dhe Objektivat" (in Albanian). Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  7. ^ "Parqet kombëtare të rrezikuara nga zjarret, AKZM merr masa për parandalimin e tyre – Tirana Observer". Retrieved 2018-08-16.

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