Trees for Lurë
Trees for Lurë is a reforestation project to return trees to Lurë National Park in Albania.

During my trip to Balkans in 2019, I met local scout organisation Scout Tirana 1. I wanted to step up the reforestation efforts in Lurë and with Scout Tirana 1 we created the Trees for Lurë project.

Joingin our forces we can expand the possibilities of what we can achieve. We are stepping up our efforts and have new exciting plans up our sleeves, like tree nursery or Lurë national park info centre.

Pavel is working on project management, IT support, social media and fundraising, Dorjan is fundraising as well and helps to coordinate with our partners and contacts in Albania.


2 000

€2 867
(updated 11th November 2019)

I went to Lurë national park for the first time in 2018 when I was riding home from India following the Trans Euro Trail which passes through it.

My story with Lurë began in 2018. When I was leaving, I picked up rubbish (as I usually do) but this time also shoot a short video. When rode down to Fushë Lurë I met Dorjan in his Landrover, going in the opposite direction.

Since then, Albania is like my second home.

In 2019 I came back Lurë to check the rubbish situation after the previous cleanup. I was pleased to find almost no rubbish there!

When I arrived in Lurë, there was a forest fire, and I decided to join Aden, Gzim, Imer, Festim and others who were fighting it . Strangely, there was no support from authorities, which I could not believe but it is the reality.

I asked Dorjan about the Lurë history and what happened to the trees. What I heard was not a very uplifting story and we ended up brainstorming what we could do for Lurë.

I met with North Green Association which started reforestation effort in Lurë with their Action for Lurë.

I also met with local scout organisation Scout Tirana 1 and that meeting in Tirana was the beginning of the Trees for Lure project.

2018 / We can do better! Picking up trash in Lurë.
2019 / Checking the rubbish situation in Lurë year after the cleanup.
Lurë mountain views
One of the reasons to visit Lurë are spectacular views of the mountain ranges.
Lurë Flower lake road
Road passing the Liqeni i Luleve (left), this whole area used to be a forest.
Destroyed forest at Black lake
View on the Liqeni i Kallabes (front), Liqeni i Luleve (back) and its completely destroyed forest.
Meeting Dorjan
Meeting Dorjan (the driver who is barely visible) on the way from Lurë lakes down to Fushë Lurë
Forest fire in Lurë
Forest fires are a big problem in Lurë. Most of them are caused by humans and spread very quickly. Read more...
Helping fiting forest fire
Joined Aden, Gzim, Imer, Festim and others fighting the fire. Read more...