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Hiking in the Mountain of the Balkan Lynx
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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 in Albania (PPNEA) announced. Puka-Mirdita region offers plenty of opportunities...

Lura National Park to Expand by Hundreds of Hectares
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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 proposals and stances on the park expansion. The purpose of...

New Bill on Protected Areas Conforming to EU’s Directive
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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 law is to preserve natural habitats and species of wild...

No More HPPs on Protected Areas
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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 of the numerous cases of environmental abuses by concessionary companies...

Albania to Join World Cleanup Action on September 15
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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 people together in the biggest civic action in human history....

Single-Use Plastic Bags Ban Enters into Force in Albania
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Single-Use Plastic Bags Ban Enters into Force in Albania

TIRANA, July 2 Officially, July marks the end of single-use plastic bags era in Albania. The ban on single-use plastic bags that entered into force on July 1st foresees fines and penalties for that continue to produce and use single-use plastic bags. The decision, that was adopted in April includes fines that vary between Lek...

Petition to Drop Destructive Hydropower in the Balkans and to Save the Blue Heart of Europe Delivered to EBRD
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Petition to Drop Destructive Hydropower in the Balkans and to Save the Blue Heart of Europe Delivered to EBRD

TIRANA, June 21 This is a joint press release by Bankwatch, Riverwatch, EuroNatur, and Patagonia Yesterday, representatives of the Save the Blue Heart of Europe campaign to save Europe’s last remaining wild rivers hand-delivered a petition endorsed globally by more than 120,000 people to high-level executives at the London headquarters of the European Bank for...