Tirana, the capital and largest city of Albania, joined Cities4Forests in June 2019. It is surrounded by hills and mountains, and a valley to the northwest overlooking the Adriatic Sea. It gets plentiful rain throughout the year and is one of the sunniest cities in Europe with a humid, subtropical climate. Tirana is the center of the country’s economic activity and also the heart of its political power, home to the Albanian Parliament and residencies of the President and Prime Minister.
The Dajti National Park
The Dajti National Park is found just 26km east of Tirana, offering the city’s residents ample opportunity to get out of the city and enjoy the forests and outdoors. It is co-managed by the Albanian Agency of Protected Areas and Tirana’s Agency of Parks and Recreation and hosts a diversity of ecosystems and flourishing biodiversity. The park has been listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in recognition of its ecological, cultural, scientific, educational, and recreational importance. Tirana’s forests are primarily composed of pine, oak, and beech, and face increasing threats from forest fires.
Donate a Tree for Tirana
The “Donate a Tree For Tirana” campaign started in 2017, and has planted over time more than 440,700 trees in the Orbital Forest. This venture aims to plant 2 million trees in a green belt around the city and will connect 14,000 ha of Tirana’s parks, agricultural fields, and forests, maintaining the ecosystem and supporting biodiversity. The afforestation of the Orbital Forest will contribute to soil erosion control, carbon sequestration, which will lead to benefits for health and wellbeing by improving air quality in the urban area.