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Tirana, Colorful Flowers Blossom Everywhere
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Tirana, Colorful Flowers Blossom Everywhere

TIRANA, May 15 Colorful flowers and plants have covered Tirana, the capital of Albania in recent days, in all the parks of the city. The city maintenance workers are those who are responsible for the cleanness and the image of the capital, in the early hours every day. The city hall continues at high rates...

Albania’s Rare Vultures (Shkaba) Finally Making a Comeback
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Albania’s Rare Vultures (Shkaba) Finally Making a Comeback

TIRANA, April 30 Albania takes pride in its black vulture symbol (shkaba e zeze). Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the population of this endangered species in Albania. Reports on the presence of black vultures in Albania have been extremely rare. Yet, the data provided by the Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS) confirm that a...

Albania lost 35.9kha Forests between 2001 and 2017
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Albania lost 35.9kha Forests between 2001 and 2017

TIRANA, March 26 From 2001 to 2017, Albania lost 35.9kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 5.5% decrease since 2000. According to the Global Forest Watch, a system by World Resources Institute, as of 2010, about 17 percent of Albania was tree cover. This means that the country had only 477kha of forests while 2.40Mha...

Recent Fires throughout Albania Were Intentionally Set
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Recent Fires throughout Albania Were Intentionally Set

TIRANA, March 25 Officials say that the recent bush fires in different regions throughout Albania were intentionally set. Chairman of the General Directorate of Civil Emergencies Haki Cako said that a total of 69 fires burned over 167 hectares of grazing land and forests in protected areas during the last 22 days. “Starting March 3rd...

Pollution Poses Threat to Karaburun-Sazan Marine Park
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Pollution Poses Threat to Karaburun-Sazan Marine Park

TIRANA, March 8 About 205 kg of waste were collected only in one day at Shen Jani, near Karaburun – Sazan National Marine Park. A clean-up action organized under the global initiative ‘International Beach Cleanup Day” pointed out the alarming levels of sea pollution in one of the coastal areas that are supposed to be...

Albania Completes Count of Its Waterbirds 
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Albania Completes Count of Its Waterbirds 

TIRANA, February 1 Over 146,000 waterbirds (61 different species) were registered during 11-13 January 2019 in 25 different wetlands across Albania. Despite the small recent improvements observed during the last years, the long-term trend 1996-2019 points out a decline in the number of wintering waterbirds, the Albanian Ornithological Society confirmed. The results show that Shkodra...

EP Urges Albanian Govt to Decrease Dependency on HPP Projects
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EP Urges Albanian Govt to Decrease Dependency on HPP Projects

TIRANA, December 11 The European Parliament resolution on Albania calls on authorities to review the strategy on renewable energy. The 39th point of the resolution highlights that the European Parliament expresses deep concern about certain economic projects that have led to grave environmental damage in protected areas, such as large-scale tourist resorts and the hydropower...

Bern Convention Opens Case-file on HPPs on Vjosa River
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Bern Convention Opens Case-file on HPPs on Vjosa River

TIRANA, December 4 The Standing Committee of the Bern Convention that held its 38th meeting in Strasbourg on 27-30 November decided to open a case-file and called on the Albanian authorities to suspend Hydro Power Plant (HPP) projects on Vjosa River. “The Government of Albania: Uses the precautionary approach and suspends both Kalivac and Pocem...