Albania Rafting Group strongly supports the initiative of National and International Civil Society Organizations for the preservation and not the destruction of a bird ecosystem as large as the Vjose-Narte Lagoon. We emphasize the potential that this lagoon has for us, as it is one of our most popular destinations by local and foreign tourists for adventure. People from all over the world come to this lagoon to enjoy the diversity of its ecosystem and also to see some of the endangered bird species. Albania Rafting Group and her partners "Albanian Adventure Resort"."Albanian Rafting Federation" are against any kind of economic model which is not friendly to nature!
Open Letter of National and International Environmental Civil Society Organizations, addressed to the Prime Minister of Albania Mr. Edi Rama, for the Cancellation of the Plans for the Construction of Vlora International Airport, in the Vjosa-Narta Protected Area provides open data and details on irreplaceable assets at the national level and beyond. In the area where the construction of the Airport is planned, passes the last wild river of Europe, Vjosa. The letter clearly states that the construction of this airport will cause irreversible damage to the Narte-Vjosa ecosystem, and even to the entire Adriatic coast. The decision to build the "Vlora Airport" would be fatal and would destroy one of the largest wetlands in Europe.
Vjosë-Nartë is the most important breeding site in Albania and one of the most important in Europe for several species of order, which have populations that go beyond 1% of the total population within the biogeographic region. Such is the case of the pied avocet ( ), the breeding population of which, within the Vjosë-Nartë Protected Landscape, is more than 1% of the total population in the biogeographic region of Southeast Europe, the Black Sea and Turkey. In addition, the area regularly sustains more than 1% of the populations of two species of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea region, such as the Dalmatian pelican ( ) and flamingo ( ).
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Please see the letter in the Albanian language sent to the authorities here.
ILIRIA – Protection and Social & Environmental Development Association, Albania
Kosovo Ecologists Society
Society of Independent Intellectuals Deçan, Kosovo
Youth Ecological and Security Zone- EcoZ, Kosovo