Dajti n'Fest: Echoing the International Mountain Day

December 12, 2017 | By Loreta Hysa

With the first snow blanket in Dajti National Park we echoed the International Mountain Day! Dajti n'Fest 2017 offered to Tirana citizens this weekend endless entertainment opportunities, while residents of the area had the chance to exhibit and sell their agri-food products. Music, road bike racing, hiking in a new trail, skydiving, ballooning, folk, rock climbing, were some of the surprises that organizers thought of as fun alternatives for the participants who like mountain tourism and extreme sports.

Those who are passionate about extreme sport of skydiving do not need to travel to Llogara to practice their passion. Already, Tirana has its own diving paddle on Dajti Mountain, from which all professional parachutists can fly or even those who seek to experience the adrenaline that gives this type of sport.

Part of the activities organized by the Agency of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the National Agency for Protected Areas (NAPA), with the support of the Regional Environmental Center (REC) Albania, UNDP, NaturAl and a number of cultural and sports associations, was the Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Blendi Klosi, as well as many citizens of Tirana who had chosen to spend the day on the mountains in "Dajti n'Fest".

Mayor Veliaj among other things emphasized that any initiative or investment that brings the development of sport serves first and foremost to youngsters who want to spend their leisure time practising physical activities.

While, Minister of Tourism and Environment Blendi Klosi said that such initiatives further stimulate the development of tourism potential, while stressing that tourism remains a priority for the government.

The International Mountain Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of mountains in our lives and to emphasize the importance of sustainable development of the mountains. The International Mountain Day has its beginnings in 1992 when the 13th Agenda 21 "Delicate Systems Management: Sustainable Development of Mountains" was adopted at the UN Conference on Environment and Development. Following the success of the International Year of Mountains in 2002, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Dec. 11 as the International Mountain Day.