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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...

Let’s Celebrate Albania’s Ramsar Sites on World Wetlands Day
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Let’s Celebrate Albania’s Ramsar Sites on World Wetlands Day

TIRANA, February 2 February 2 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention as well as the World Wetlands Day. The day is commemorated every year by the international community to bring attention to the state of wetlands globally, and to raise awareness of their vital role in life on earth. Why are wetlands important?...

Environmentalists Urge Cancelation of Vlora Airport Project
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Environmentalists Urge Cancelation of Vlora Airport Project

TIRANA, February 1 Irreversible damage to the Vjosa-Narta Protected Landscape area and the risk of tragic accidents are among the main warnings listed in an open letter that 36 Albanian and international organizations issued for the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and related ministries and authorities. The groups of environmentalists express concern about the plans...

PPNEA Raises Concern Over Airport in Vjosa-Narta
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PPNEA Raises Concern Over Airport in Vjosa-Narta

TIRANA, January 26 The Protection and Preservation of Natural Environmental Albania (PPNEA) organization is raising concern over the plan for the construction of a new airport, known as Vlora airport, in the Vjosa-Narta protected area. The stance was published on the third issue of PPNEA’s project newsletter Land of Eagles and Castles. Moreover, the organization...

Last day to Apply for AOS’s Bird Identification Albania Course
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Last day to Apply for AOS’s Bird Identification Albania Course

TIRANA, October 12 Monday is the last day for beginning birders who want to hone their skills in bird identification. The Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS) launched the 2020 BirdID Albania Course II for all the enthusiasts of birds, nature, and Albanian wildlife. This year 20-25 applicants will be admitted to take the course for free....

EC Raises Concerns over Vlora Airport Project in Protected Area
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EC Raises Concerns over Vlora Airport Project in Protected Area

TIRANA, October 9 The European Commission among many other findings on its recent report for Albania highlights the fact that legislation on strategic investment raises concerns for the protection of biodiversity, as it may allow large tourism and industrial investments in protected areas, e.g. the proposed airport in the Vjosa-Narta area. In general, the report...