BIRD (Barleti Institute for Research and Development)
Bringing Lord Byron’s love for nature...
“ There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
as user-friendly web and mobile applications
Albania, Kosova, Montenegro
For almost a century, Balkans was considered as "barrel of gunpowder" and it was the most critical center of convulsions in Europe. Even the name Balkans betrays the skewed perception of the European “outsider.” The Balkans needs the leverage that can be achieved only by satisfying the region’s single common aspiration: “Europeanization.” In practice, Europeanization means extending the cross-border monetary, trade, and investment arrangements.
The project with bring closer the people in the region, knowing better each other, increasing the public awareness about the environment thus leading to a stronger social cohesion in the Transboundary Area. The idea can be applied in all Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) and Transboundary Protected Areas across the Europe.
While the three Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) have been proclaimed, not much information can be found about them in the web, while the limited information and few maps exist only on paper and distributed in tourist info points. Our aim is than in a year from now, much more information is available and accessible to travelers and all interested persons. An user- friendly web and mobile application for each of three TFCAs will be freely downloadable. The application will contain information concerning the values and roles of the TFCAs including Biodiversity and Natural Heritage Values, Cultural Values, Recreation Values, etc. Several of these attributes will be also mapped.
To reach the final aim, we have already established a team of conservationist and IT experts, which will receive also the help from the students and volunteers. Firstly, we’ll work in close cooperation with staff of TFCAs collecting the necessary data from all reliable sources. Several trips will be organized in the areas, collecting the information also from locals.
Secondly, a user-friendly web and mobile application for Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) will be created. The application will contain a map with pins for all points of interest. When clicking to those points a small window pops up with short description about the concrete place. If the user wants more information, he/she will click on the window, gaining more detailed portraiture about the concerned area.