Restrictions, Interventions and Activities

Generally, the three management areas act as tools for realizing the various Municipal Nature Park management objectives:

  • The central zone is dedicated exclusively to nature conservation. The restrictions are very strict; no interference or unnecessary activity is permitted; access is restricted to the authorized personnel for supervising, monitoring, and conducting scientific research; educational tours organized in advance are also permitted.
  • The traditional use zone is dedicated to the management of traditional landscape protection, the traditional use of forests, pastures, biodiversity, and the improvement of the use of forests and pastures. Restrictions here focus on preventing the transformation of traditionally used forests and pastures into agricultural land or construction and settlement areas. Thus, activities like deforestation and forest and pasture burning are forbidden.
  • The sustainable development zone is dedicated to the management of the preservation of local traditions such as land use practices, agrodiversity, landscape, food production, preservation of local architecture. This area is also dedicated to the development of the local economy through new businesses such as tourism, handicrafts, wood-working, non-timber forest products, vegetables, fruits, honey, meats, dairy etc. Restrictions here focus on preserving local architecture by making clear rules about building new homes and other buildings or renovating existing ones. Some interventions are needed to remove or renovate the old buildings of the area (communal buildings, schools, etc.) which do not harmonize with traditional architecture.
  • The visitor services zone is dedicated to the development of tourist infrastructure, but not without regulation. These regulations should be approved and decided by the municipal council in close cooperation with the park administration and PNR Shkrel management board. In general, tourism in the area of sustainable development is mainly based on guesthouses, sleeping and food services, while in the service area for visitors, tourism is based on hotels and larger tourist service units.