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Alps’ Plan to Turn Northern Region into a Year Round Tourist Destination
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Alps’ Plan to Turn Northern Region into a Year Round Tourist Destination

TIRANA, July 14 Recent tourism statistics have revealed an increase in visitors in Albania, including the northern region. The tourism infrastructure in the Albanian Alps cannot handle the increasing tourist influx. Therefore, the need arises for the creation of an interesting tourism product and for a development plan for the region. The environmental assessment for...

Albania’s Law on Climate Change Ready by 2018
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Albania’s Law on Climate Change Ready by 2018

TIRANA, June 7 Albania will prepare the legal framework for the climate protection program by 2018. Representatives from the Ministry of Environment say that the legal package will fill the gap in climate policy and also ensure air quality conforming to the Paris Agreement. The specialists confirmed for Scan TV that besides the reduction of...

Promoting Sustainable Tourism in Karaburun-Sazan Marine Park
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Promoting Sustainable Tourism in Karaburun-Sazan Marine Park

TIRANA,  May 31 Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park is only of its type in Albania. Located in Vlora area, the park contains outstanding wilderness and natural values that are essential for promoting a sustainable tourism development model. In order to promote this model, the Regional Administration for Protected Areas has organized a diving event in  Gjiri...

New Law on Protected Areas Aims at Expanding Network
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New Law on Protected Areas Aims at Expanding Network

TIRANA, May 15 The new law on protected areas that was adopted by the Albanian Parliament foresees improved management for those areas, tough penalties and it also gives a guarantee on the implementation of the projects planned to be developed. During the last decade, Albania made progress in expanding protected areas. Ten years ago only...

Administrative Court Stops HPP Construction in Vjosa River
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Administrative Court Stops HPP Construction in Vjosa River

TIRANA, May 3 The Administrative Court issued a verdict on the suspension of work at Pocem Hydro Power Plant (HPP) in Vjosa River. Moreover, the court decided that the administrative acts and the concessionary agreement signed between the Albanian government and Kovlu Energy are invaluable. The suit was filed by 38 inhabitants of Kuta Village...

Scientists Call on Protection of Vjosa River
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Scientists Call on Protection of Vjosa River

TIRANA, April 28 Vjosa River is called the last wild river in Europe as it flows free and no dams were built on its way. According to experts, this fact makes it unique. Currently, there are 30 experts from Germany, Austria, and Albania making observations along Vjosa River and collecting data on its biodiversity and...

New Law on Protected Areas Adopted
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New Law on Protected Areas Adopted

TIRANA, April 20 The new law on protected areas was adopted during the recent meeting of the Council of Ministers. It includes several novelties regarding legal definitions and penalties for those who damage protected areas. According to the law, physical and juridical persons that acquired the right to exercise specific activities in protected areas based...

Hunting Ban to Stay in Effect until 2021
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Hunting Ban to Stay in Effect until 2021

TIRANA, March 10 Even though the Federation of Albanian Hunters pledged to break the ban on hunting, the Constitutional Court verdict says that the ban will stay in nationwide effect until 2021. On its part, the Federation argued that the hunting ban infringes the hunter’s right to hunt. The Constitutional Court issued its verdict after...

European Parliament Demands Creation of Vjosa National Park
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European Parliament Demands Creation of Vjosa National Park

TIRANA, February 20 The European Parliament demands the creation of Vjosa National Park. The request was included in the current Enlargement Report. More specifically, point 32 says that the environmental impact of hydropower plants is often not properly assessed to ensure compliance with international standards and relevant EU nature legislation. Further on, it advises the...