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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...

Albania: 410 Hectares of Forests Destroyed in 5 Years
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Albania: 410 Hectares of Forests Destroyed in 5 Years

TIRANA, September 9 At least 410 hectares of forest were destroyed in Albania over five years, recent data from the Institute of Statistics confirm. According to INSTAT, the forest and pasture fund in 2019 consisted of a total area of 1.7 hectares, or 60.5 percent of the country’s total area. However, 590 hectares of the...

Young Wildlife Activist Engage with AOS for Bird Conservation
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Young Wildlife Activist Engage with AOS for Bird Conservation

TIRANA, August 4 The love for wildlife preservation and outdoor pursuits helped involve the first youth conservation network in Albania in a new mission for the conservation of birds and their habitats in the Drino River Valley, Gjirokastra area. Their goal is to monitor, map, and make a risk assessment of power lines in breeding...

Tulipa Albanica Habitat under Temporary Protection
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Tulipa Albanica Habitat under Temporary Protection

TIRANA, May 20 The habitat of Tulipa Albanica, the Albanian Tulip, in Surroj village, Kukes area was given temporary protection by the local power. The habitat of Tulipa Albanica spans over a small serpentine area of about one square km. It is critically endangered by the mining activity in the area. It is compared with...