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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...

Tough Measures to Punish and Prevent Environmental Crime
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Tough Measures to Punish and Prevent Environmental Crime

TIRANA, December 2 Environmental crime is an obstacle for the sustainable economic development of Albania. This was highlighted by Head of OSCE in Albania Bernd Borchardt in an event held on Thursday by the Ministry of Environment. The latter will send its proposals on strengthening penal measures for subjects and individuals alleged over environmental abuse...

Environment Minister Says Albania Can Handle Solid Waste Import
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Environment Minister Says Albania Can Handle Solid Waste Import

TIRANA, September 15 The decision on the categorical ban of solid waste import, which was the first decision adopted by the current government when it came to power in 2013, will change. A draft-law compiled by three lawmakers from the ruling majority will be scrutinized by the parliament thus paving the road for allowing the...

Excavations in Karavasta Lagoon Pose a Threat to Ramsar Site
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Excavations in Karavasta Lagoon Pose a Threat to Ramsar Site

TIRANA, July 29 The Protection and Preservation of Nature Environment in Albania (PPNEA) has denounced a case of infrastructural works that are going on within the territory of Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. PPNEA appeals to competent institutions to stop the works in Karavasta lagoon, which also is the most fragile ecological area of the park. “The...