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Vlora, Durresi, and Lezha Coasts Risk Diapering under Rising Seas
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Vlora, Durresi, and Lezha Coasts Risk Diapering under Rising Seas

TIRANA, February 16 Johann Georg Von Hahn wrote on his Albanesische Studien that the ancient city of Lezha (Lissus) was on the sea coast. Whether Hahn was mistaken or not, Lezha might become a waterfront city considering the fast pace of coastal erosion in the area. Based on the finding of the ‘Mapping of Environmental...

Dangerous Invasive Fishes Spotted off Albania’s Coast
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Dangerous Invasive Fishes Spotted off Albania’s Coast

TIRANA, February 15 Know your fish Highly venomous and poisonous invasive fish species have been seen off the coast of the Mediterranean and Albania over the last years. The presence of such species has been confirmed even in Italy, Greece, Montenegro, and other countries in the region. But, what are these types of fish,  why...

Waterbird Population in Albania’s Wetlands is Declining
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Waterbird Population in Albania’s Wetlands is Declining

TIRANA, February 9 Even though the numbers of waterbirds in Albania’s wetlands have stabilized over the last years, data from the latest Waterbird Census show that the figure for 2022 is lower than the multiannual average of 1996-2022. The Albanian Ornithological Association (AOS) unveiled the numbers of the waterbirds observed by over 120 specialists and...

Do You Know the Importance of Wetlands?
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Do You Know the Importance of Wetlands?

TIRANA, February 2 “It is urgent to take action and to invest financial, human, and political capital is this year’s appeal to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing altogether — and to restore those we have already lost.” This is the message of the United Nations (UN)on the occasion of World Wetlands Day. February 2...

Environmentalists Oppose Decisions on Protected Areas
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Environmentalists Oppose Decisions on Protected Areas

TIRANA, January 31 Albanian authorities adopted last week a list of decisions regarding protected areas in Albania, seemingly in an attempt to address the recommendations of the latest European Commission report. On their part, environmental NGO’s and representatives of scientific and academic institutions in Albania oppose two of the decisions adopted on January 26th following...

Fishing Banned in Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park
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Fishing Banned in Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park

TIRANA, October 25 Fishing activity in all forms is now banned in Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park. The decision announced by the Center of Official Publications came into effect upon publication in the Official Gazette, on October 22. Thus, the decision adopted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development means that all forms of commercial...

Albania Should Care More about the Environment, EC Report Hints
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Albania Should Care More about the Environment, EC Report Hints

TIRANA, October 20 While climate change is the biggest threat to human health, “Albania decided to further reduce its already limited 2021 budget for environment and climate change by more than seven percent to Euro 8.9 million,” EC report says The annual report issued on Tuesday by the European Commission following the adoption of the...

High Court Stops Construction of HPPs in Valbona
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High Court Stops Construction of HPPs in Valbona

TIRANA, July 23 Albanian judges from the High Court decided on Wednesday to suspend the construction of two Hydro Power Plants (HPPs) in Valbona. The Tribunal accepted a joint request submitted by 27 inhabitants of Valbona, Toka Association, and the Association for the Conservation and Protection of the Albanian Alps on the suspension of the...

Bathing Water Quality Improved in 2020
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Bathing Water Quality Improved in 2020

  TIRANA, June 4 Tourists and locals hoping to enjoy bathing sites certified clean and healthy this summer in Albania can swim unconcernedly. About 76.5 percent of inland and coastal bathing sites were considered excellent in the European Environment Agency. The EPA has published the Bathing Water in Albania report for 2020. The report sets...

Golden Eagle Shot and Injured by Poachers
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Golden Eagle Shot and Injured by Poachers

TIRANA, February 19 The Golden Eagle, the bird that Albanians saw as the embodiment of freedom and everything they believed in, risks disappearing. We the Albanians take pride in this magnificent bird, as we regard it as a national symbol and even market the country as ‘the land of eagles’. Sadly, some people here kill...