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Bern Convention Urges Albanian Govt to Suspend HHP Projects on Vjosa
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Bern Convention Urges Albanian Govt to Suspend HHP Projects on Vjosa

TIRANA, December 11 This article was originally published by balkanriver.net under the headline: Rebuke for Albania: Bern Convention insists on the Albanian government to suspend hydropower projects on Vjosa river The Bern Convention Standing Committee has decided to keep the case against the Albanian government regarding the projected Pocem and Kalivac hydropower plants (HPP) on...

Brown Bear Shot and Killed in Kukes
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Brown Bear Shot and Killed in Kukes

TIRANA, November 14 Some readers may find the image below disturbing The Albanian National Hunting Federation and numerous wildlife protection organizations denounced on Thursday the poaching of a brown bear in Kukes while a hunting ban is in effect. The Ursus Arctos species is in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and it’s protected...

Zall-Gjocaj Inhabitants Continue Protest against HPP Projects
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Zall-Gjocaj Inhabitants Continue Protest against HPP Projects

TIRANA, October 29 The inhabitants of four villages in Derja Administrative unit, Mat area continue their protest against the construction of hydropower plant projects in Zall Gjocaj village. According to them an HPP project in the area would cut water resources to the area and also have a negative environmental impact. The inhabitants said that...

Tougher Penalties for Forest Crime
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Tougher Penalties for Forest Crime

TIRANA, October 28 Illegal logging remains a widespread problem although a ten-year tree cutting ban has been into effect since 2016. Hence, a new bill ‘On Forestry’ aims to put more stringent measures in place to control illegal forest activities. People found to have illegally logged or damaged forests as well as forest officers and...

Climate Change Burning Issue on Albania’s Sea
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Climate Change Burning Issue on Albania’s Sea

TIRANA, August 29 A study published recently by a French group of researchers of the National Centre for Meteorological Research, and the Toulouse University, shows that the climate change is killing the fishes and other living species in the seas. The data were collected since 1982 up to nowadays, and show that the Mediterranean Sea...

Lake Ohrid Threatened by Pollution and Illegal Fish-Farming
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Lake Ohrid Threatened by Pollution and Illegal Fish-Farming

TIRANA, August 20 The karst springs, in the region of Lake Ohrid in Pogradec, eastern Albania are verified that create micro-habitats that support the lives of endemic species. Supply with freshwater and scarce nutrients is essential for the maintenance of the oligotrophic state of Ohrid Lake. Since 2002, in all of the karst area resources,...

WWF Rings Alarm Bells on Albania’s Plastic Pollution
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WWF Rings Alarm Bells on Albania’s Plastic Pollution

TIRANA, August 1 The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has published recently a report for the management of untreated plastic waste, and the way that Mediterranean countries could get rid of them. In this report, it is pointed out that Albania, is one of the most problematic countries, with the highest percentage of untreated plastic waste,...