Suston Journal | Patagonia Set to Make Historical past with Vjosa

Albania takes an vital step in the direction of defending the Vjosa perpetually as authorities indicators dedication to collaborate with Patagonia on Europe’s first Wild River Nationwide Park.

On June thirteenth, the Albanian authorities took the historic step of signing a dedication to collaborate with Patagonia on the institution of a Vjosa Wild River Nationwide Park. In Tirana, this morning, Prime Minister Edi Rama, Minister for Tourism and Setting Mirela Kumbaro, and Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert joined Albanian and worldwide NGOs from the Save the Blue Coronary heart of Europe marketing campaign, in a ceremony to mark the general public signing of a memorandum of understanding between the 2 events.

The settlement states that the Albanian authorities and Patagonia will work collectively to improve the safety stage of the basin and the river ecosystem of the Vjosa River and its free-flowing tributaries to the IUCN Class II Stage Nationwide Park. It is a main step nearer to establishing Europe’s first-ever Wild River Nationwide Park and safeguarding the final large, wild river of Europe, perpetually.

Europe’s largest remaining wild river

The Vjosa River and its free-flowing tributaries kind an ecosystem with substantial biodiversity of nationwide and world significance, and the excellent scenic values of the valley are the results of undisturbed pure processes. The ecosystem is host to greater than 1,100 species of animals, together with 13 globally threatened animal and two plant species. These ecological and cultural values present nice alternatives for eco-tourism and different financial advantages to the folks within the area.

The Memorandum of Understanding between The Ministry of Tourism and Setting of Albania and Patagonia contains the agreements:

  • Events will work to extend the safety stage of Vjosa River to the extent of IUCN Class II: Nationwide Park.
  • The Nationwide Park shall embrace the Vjosa river and its free-flowing tributaries.
  • Inside 45 days of signing this MoU, the Events shall set up a Working Group, headed by the Ministry of Tourism and Setting.
  • The Working Group will ship a whole proposal for the Nationwide Park to the Ministry of Tourism and Setting, that features, amongst different issues, the zoning and limits of the Nationwide Park, stakeholder session, and eco-tourism alternatives.

“Albania’s Vjosa is nature’s unrelenting pressure, the one survivor of the wild rivers of our continent, the final river vein that bears no hint of contamination from the economic improvement that has morphed Europe’s rivers into animals tamed for the energy-generation circus,” shared Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama following the signing.

“Vjosa will stay the one wild water physique that, identical to on the day of its creation, will proceed to bear witness to the marvel that after had been the European riverbeds. Beneath the protecting cloak of the Nationwide Park, Vjosa will keep intact for Albania, for Europe, for the planet we wish for our youngsters’s youngsters.”

Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert was equally optimistic about this vital milestone:

“Albania’s leaders have proven imaginative and prescient and dedication right this moment, signaling to the world their intention to do one thing unprecedented in nature safety. Via our long-standing partnership with the NGOs behind the Save the Blue Coronary heart of Europe marketing campaign, we have now discovered first-hand simply how distinctive the Vjosa is and are subsequently humbled to work alongside the federal government and teams, devoting our expertise and experience to the institution of Vjosa Wild River Nationwide Park.”

The environmental NGOs, companies, native communities and others are dedicated to supporting the long-term goal of creating the nationwide park and supply their help in planning. With official, actionable steps, this unparalleled biodiversity hotspot will set a precedent for future nature safety in Europe.


Lead Picture: Nick St.Oegger

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