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Balkan lynx in albania

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Damn the Dam: - I am the River

I am the river, is a film produced by Ilir Kaso, it's not a protest against investments, it's an attempt to protect nature.                                                              

Greece authrities signed a document approving a project to divert rivers. There is listed VJOSA River which begins its journey near Vovousa village in north-western Greece and continues its natural flow towards the Adriatic Sea, in Vlora, southern Albania.

Moreover, this large braided river, will be interrupted on the Albanian side by a major dam in Kalivaç.

Take action today and help us to protect Vjosa. Together, we will make a diference!

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pashtrik mountain

Munella, landscape, ppnea
Up to now the management of PA was always in the hands of the Directory of Forestry Services, no matter if non forested areas (like wetlands) have been in the scope of the PA. While there are clearly important developments at macro-level with an emphasis on decentralization, much needs to be done to streamline policies.

When seen from a distance Munella looks like a tooth rising up from lower surrounding hilly areas and reaching the (not so small) altitude of 1991 meters. A single isolated mountain, that even though recently is more accessible due to the newly build  highway, it still remains a very remote place, hardly visited by anyone outside of the area.

Dalmatian Pelican, Shkoder Lake,

PrespaNet Prespa Albania
Dalmatian Pelican are now vulnerable to extinction with a sharp decrease in numbers with a loss of 80% of breeding pairs since 70’s on Shkodra lake. On Albanian side of the lake tey were recorded for the last time in 1993. Meanwhile in Karavasta lagoon a loss of 90% since the 90’s has been documented.

This year the representatives of the three NGOs, MES, SPP and PPNEA have assembled for a two-day coordination meeting in Zaroshke, Albania. The main aim of the meeting was to discuss about the jointly achieved results and activities in the past period and to define the following steps.

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Europes last remaining wild rivers flow throught the Balkans, providing stunning scenery and habitat to myriad plants and animals. But hundreds of dam projects threaten to do irreparable harm to the regions unique biospheres - to provide much needed electricity to the people who lives there.

bird monitoring
PPNEA joined the winter bird monitoring session in the lakes of Greater Prespa, Lesser Prespa and Ohrid. It is worth mentioning here that on the other side of Prespa lake our PrespaNet partner the Society for Protection of Prespa (SPP) was counting the bird population in a simultaneous way so both sides of the lakes have been monitored.

BLRP group meeting
Since its beginnings, the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme (BLRP) has aimed to establish and strengthen a national monitoring network in Albania. Part of this network are people or groups, the activities of whom are linked with forest and nature, like foresters, hunters, environmental local NGO, environmentalists, etc.

The Protected Landscape Vjosë-Nartë, situated in the northern part of Vlora city represents a very important site for biodiversity conservation and tourism development, not only for the region of Vlora but for the whole country. This area is rich in water and littoral habitats and includes various landscape featuring  sandy dunes, salt marshes, pine forests, islands, and wetlands.

Egyptian vulture
We have always dreamed of following birds on their often very distant travels to other continents. This was our case with the first Egyptian vulture that was tagged this summer in Albania. Unfortunately the journey didn’t go well for our bird which drew in Peloponnese on its way to wintering territories.

biodiversity, bee, pollination
Shebenik - Jabllanicë National Park is a true biodiversity hotspot and is recognized for a very rich flora where are found about 120 species of bee-friendly wildflowers. Taking up the challenge to promote biodiversity in the park PPNEA implemented a pilot project on development of beekeeping for alternative sources of income for local populations.

Sharri mountain, Korab Mountain, Transboundary
A joint vision for the largest transboundary protected area in the Balkans to date - the Shara-Koritnik-Korab mountain range - was developed in a series of workshops among stakeholders in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. Nature conservation, traditional activities and sustainable development will be promoted in the near future.

Environmental education
Having a nature-friendly attitude is a conservation priority and should be taught since childhood. At this age childrens are naturally active and curious. For them everything is a constant exploration with all their senses. Their brain develops in an extraordinary pace, aquiring thus their firs experiences whichwill serve them as a model.

Egyptian vulture in southern Albania ppnea
The tagged juvenile was nicknamed "Mashkullora” and is the only chick fetched from one pair breeding in the region of Gjirokastra, which is one of the main Egyptian vulture territories in southern Albania. Telemetry of the Egyptian vultures in Albania provides a unique opportunity to follow them along the migration flyway.

Capacity building on wildlife monitoring methods
PPNEA together with its partners organized a capacity building workshop on wildlife monitoring methods. The workshop was held on 24-30 of June 2013, in the National Park of Valbona in Albanian Alps. Following the first capacity building workshop held last year in Vevçan/MK and Librazhd/AL the workshop in Valbona is a step forward.

balkan lynx ppnea
I was very fortunate to join PPNEA Balkan lynx team for fieldwork in northern Albania. I’m not a carnivore expert myself, but work for SPP, an NGO in Greek Prespa. Over the years the SPP has worked closely with PPNEA, but this spring our collaboration became even closer when, together with MES, we set up Prespa Net.

In order to showcase the fauna values of Albania, PPNEA invites amateurs and professionals from all over Albania and abroad to participate in the nature photo contest AlbBioBlitz. The contest opens on 5 June and closes on 7 October. The first year will have in focus the fauna diversity of our country.

World migratorry bird day ppnea
World Migratory Bird Day is a global, annual awareness campaign to promote the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats worldwide. For this spetial day, FINCH organization from Kosova together with PPNEA and other environmental NGOs organized the Monitoring of Birds in Wetland of Kashta and Luma River in Kukes.

Captive bear ppnea
This resultion is a result of a workshop organized to present the key results and findings of the research project “ Illegal capturing and keeping of brown bears (Ursus arctos)“ involving the audience in discussions and subsequently have them propose the necessary measures which could lead to the elemination of this phenomenon.

prespa lake
On March 29th, 2013, a transboundary Agreement of Cooperation was signed between three environmental NGOs from the three countries sharing the Prespa lakes. Emphasizing that cooperation of civil society is essential for an integrated management of Prespa lakes, the NGOs came together in the village of Laimos, Greece, to officially lounch Prespa Net.