This Friday, 19 October 2018, a delegation of Tropojans will depart from Valbona for the long trek to Tamare. At 3:00 on Saturday, 20 October 2018, people from Tropoja, Kelmend and Montenegro will meet for the first time ever to join forces to fight together against the wave of Hydropower construction that threatens our rivers.
As far as we know, the Cemi River in Kelmend is cleared for 14 hydropowers, Valbona River for 14, Shala River for 6 and the Curraj River for an additional 11. These constructions threaten to turn every river valley in Northern Albania into industrial dustbowls, negating the possibility of declaring the 86,000ha National Park of the Albanian Alps promised by the Albanian Government in 2015. This National Park, combined with neighboring protected areas in Kosova and Montenegro, will create the largest protected wilderness area in Europe, and could put the Balkans at the forefront of Europe not only in terms of nature protection, but as the preeminent eco-tourism destination of Europe. The declaration of the park has been blocked since 2015 by the Albanian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, who demand the zoning of industrial development zones within the park, despite hydropowers being illegal within national parks under Albanian law.
For this reason, the communities of Tropoja, Kelmend and neighboring Montenegro are getting together to conceive a common response to a problem that belongs to us all: Never underestimate the power of a small group of people that really believe in the right cause!!!