started this petition to
Albanian government, firstname.lastname@example.org
Albanian civil society activists and community
residents in Tropoje protested in front of the Ministry of Energy and Prime
ministry of Albania, against the construction of several hydroelectric power
plants on the River Vabona valley.
Valbona, has been a National Park (the second strictest possible level
of protection in Europe) since 1996, and Gashi is actually a "Strictly
Protected Area," currently under consideration for UNESCO World Heritage
Valbona is soon to be the cornerstone of the new National Park of the
Albanian Alps – Albania's largest protected area, and one of the largest
protected areas in the Balkans. Nonetheless, we are currently facing 3
different hydropower developments that we know about, with rumours of 6
other licenses granted. All of these are to be constructed along a mere
25 km of one of the most beautiful, loved and "highly protected" rivers
Albania's rivers are some of the last "wild rivers" in Europe. This is
our last chance to preserve these fascinating and beautiful ecosystems,
many of which have yet to be studied. Hydropower will destroy the
rivers. Silt backs up, water temperatures rise, and fish (like our
native trout) are not able to swim upstream to spawn.
Furthermore, tourism is the lifeblood of these small remote mountain
communities - a bright new economic future for the past 10 years. The
construction of just one of these projects ("Dragobia Cascades") will
destroy the entire eastern slope of Kollata Mountain to construct a 3m
wide delivery tunnel. Kollata incidentally includes the highest peak in
Montenegro, one of the most popular weekend destinations for hikers.
It will destroy Cerem Valley, rerouting the whole river. Cerem Path is
also part of the internationally recognized "Peaks of the Balkans"
trail, which brings hundreds of tourists annually to the area, and it
will also destroy the southern face of Gjarper Mountain, as well as
people's farms, fields and homes. It will be the end of Eco-tourism
here, which is entirely based on offering pristine nature.
There will need to be massive high tension towers constructed. Valbona
valley is famously very narrow, lined with steep walls of rock. These
towers cannot be constructed without large scale destruction. Basically,
these hydro electrics will destroy one of Albania's, and Europe's most
precious natural resources, and for what? The electricity is for export.
more info about Valbona.