Butrint National Park is one of the most important areas of our cultural, archaeological, environmental, and touristy heritage of the country. The heart of the National Park is the ancient city of Butrint, the existing of which is continuous from the prehistoric times to the middle Ages, offering a variety of cultures and historic periods.
-Because of its historic and cultural high values the ancient city of Butrint was first chosen as a Cultural monument in 1948, in the Albanian law of Cultural Monuments. In 1981 the forest of Butrint was described in the Albanian Laws to be protected, because of its environmental importance.
-In 1992 Butrint was accepted as the first dwelling of the Republic of Albania in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Because of the civil riots in 1997, in December the World Heritage Committee, Butrint was included in the List of World Heritage in Danger. In 1998-1999 with the support of the Minister of Culture of that time Mr. Edi Rama, a new project was written in order to promote Butrint as a main cultural destination and also for eco tourism. The aim of this project was the extension of Butrint boundaries to protect the lagoon and sea view defined as “the magic and mystery of the place”. In July 1998, with a Decision from the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania, Butrint passes under the dependency of the Ministry of Culture Youth and sports. The Butrinti Board is created with chairman the Minister of Culture and also the Administration and Coordination Office of the Butrint ancient city (Decision No. 450, July 1st 1998). The main duty of the Butrinti Board is to develop, review and the approval of the development strategy of the Park area according to the functional duties of every institution which is represented in the board.
-In July 1999, the Ministry of Culture applies in UNESCO to extend the park surface, which is approved at the end of the year by the Committee of World Heritage; the Bay of Butrint is also included. In 2000 Butrint is made National Park under the protection of the government and UNESCO officially extended the surface from 20 ha to 29 km2.
-The name as a National Park was made with the aim to protect and preserve the historical monuments and the rich environmental and historical heritage. With the new park came as priority the involvement of the community with local traditional productions in Butrint, opening of seasonal work, increasing awareness of young people for different activities in the park, aiming to achieve a pleasing balance for all the interested parties in the Park.
-The Butrint Office of Administration and Coordination, which is a juridical public person, was tasked to administrate the Park, support, determine, coordinates and supervises the scientific research, in collaboration with private and state institutions, the preservation, the enriches and the exhibiting of cultural heritage and also for the management and preservation of the environment in Butrint National Park.
By creating the National Park in 2000, UNESCO provided funds for the developments of programmes for the development of the community; the World Bank supported with financing the institutional development of the Park, the European Union voted the support of the infrastructure development to attract, control, protect the site and the management of visitors. La Shinto and Worldmate Foundations reconstructed the school in Vrina village in the southern entrance of the ancient town, whereas Leventis Foundation helped building a new museum.
-With a Decision of the Council of Ministers in 2002, the wetland area and the territory around Butrint, 29 km2, were declared a protected area and in July 2003 it was included in the Ramsar Convent as a wetland site with an international importance, for the habitat of water birds.
-After a long and evaluating work from the Park and its collaborators in August 2005, the Committee of World Heritage decided the removal of Butrint from the List of World Heritage in Danger.
-In November 2005 the Council of Ministers decided the extension of the Park boundaries to 86 km2. The Park boundaries are; in the North: the connecting Line Berdenesh–Kallmit–Qenuri, which passes in the agricultural lands of Vurg; in the East: the connecting Line Qenuri-Xarrë, passing on the side of the Mile mountain; in the South: the connection line Xarrë- Shëndëlli-Vrinë, till Stillo; in the West: the connecting Line from Berdenesh till the state frontier with the Republic of Greece, including Ksamili islands.