Category: Environment

Pollution Poses Threat to Karaburun-Sazan Marine Park

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...

Learn about Vjosa, the Egyptian Vulture that Is Coming Home

Learn about Vjosa, the Egyptian Vulture that Is Coming Home

TIRANA, February 21 This is Vjosa or Aoos, one of the 14 individuals comprising the Albanian population of the Egyptian Vulture (Kali i Qyqes). Named after the river, Vjosa travels over 10,000 km every year from its home in southern Albania to a region between...

Albania Completes Count of Its Waterbirds 

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,...

EP Urges Albanian Govt to Decrease Dependency on HPP Projects

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...

Bern Convention Opens Case-file on HPPs on Vjosa River

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:...

Hiking in the Mountain of the Balkan Lynx

Hiking in the Mountain of the Balkan Lynx

TIRANA, November 6 Nature lovers hike Munella Mountain, the natural habitat of Balkan Lynx in Albania. “Last Sunday a well-organized group of nature lovers visited Munella Mountain, the habitat of the critically endangered subspecies of the Balkan Lynx,” the Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment...

Lura National Park to Expand by Hundreds of Hectares

Lura National Park to Expand by Hundreds of Hectares

TIRANA, November 2 Lura National Park will expand further by including Deja Mountain and the existing Zall Gjocaj Park as a solution against accelerated deforestation. The Ministry of Tourism and the Environment announced that public consultation has started with stakeholders in order to get their...

New Bill on Protected Areas Conforming to EU’s Directive

New Bill on Protected Areas Conforming to EU’s Directive

TIRANA, October 15 A new draft-law that aims at strengthening the legal frame on wildlife and protected area management and that is currently on its public discussion stage also includes the European Commission as a crucial institution. The purpose of the changes to the existing...

No More HPPs on Protected Areas

No More HPPs on Protected Areas

TIRANA, October 8 The Construction of Hydro Power Plants (HPPS) will no longer be allowed in protected areas. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism adopted a verdict that bans HPPs construction in areas of natural and historic importance. The decision was taken as a consequence...

Albania to Join World Cleanup Action on September 15

Albania to Join World Cleanup Action on September 15

TIRANA, September 10 Albanian volunteers will join millions of people from over 150 countries in a global clean up event this Saturday, September 15. ‘Garbage is everywhere, don’t act like you can’t see it’ is the motto of the Albanian movement that aims to bring...