Gjirokastra’s heritage is at risk for a wide variety of reasons.
In this report, the authors advocate that Gjirokastra adopts strategies designed to
safeguard the role of its historic areas in the ongoing economic activity of the town
whilst ensuring this does not dilute the worth of the underlying heritage asset. This
necessitates the identification, protection, conservation and restoration of the urban
fabric within a conservation-planning framework. In parallel with this, policies and
programmes to encourage economic development and exploitation will need to be
developed. These two aspects cannot be developed in isolation as the authors argue
that they are mutually dependent parts of an urban plan.