In January 2016, local people learned of the plans to build as many as 14 hydropower plants along 30km of Valbona River, 8 of them wholly within the National Park.
The procedure and content of the projects’ environmental impact assessments demonstrate non-transparent decision making, disregard for local communities’ well-being and indifference towards high conservation value ecosystems, including a complete disregard of the fact that the development is occurring in a protected area.
If even one of these projects is realized, it will seriously impact and potentially destroy the tenuous ecosystems of this national park and compromise the purpose of a protected area as an ‘extremely valuable conservation area set aside to protect large-scale ecological processes, species and ecosystems characteristic of the area, which also provide a foundation for sustainable development’.
Therefore, for the past 14 months, much of our lives has been devoted to fighting these projects, and we anticipate filing a law suit in Albanian Adminstrative Court in April, 2017.
Until there’s time to “migrate” (and edit!) the content, you can read more on our old webpage HERE.
Many, many thanks are due to WWF, who have been a tremendous support and partner.