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Albanian rivers

In relation to its size Albania is very rich in rivers (721 km) and streams. The rivers are very important since they are complex ecological systems due to the diversity of aquatic habitats embedded within them and adjacent wetlands. Nevertheless Albanian rivers have received little scientific attention from biologists and little is known about the status of the biodiversity they contain. Rivers are likely to be the most threatened natural environment in Albania. The combined effects of artificially controlled water flows due to hydro-power plants and for the irrigation of the land, increased turbidity from soil erosion and the disturbance of river beds from sand mining is certain to have an overwhelmingly negative impact on fish habitats and populations. This video is prepared by a talented biology cinematographer Goran Safarek assisted by PPNEA wildlife researcher Bledi Hoxha, their contribution is highly appreciated for this contribution to Albanian nature.


P.S. This video is not an invitation for hydro-power companies. Stay away!

 
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