On a continent the place most rivers are dammed, the Vjosa is a uncommon species. Quick, free flowing and untroubled by air pollution, it runs unimpeded for 170 miles throughout Albania to the Adriatic Sea. They name it Europe’s ‘final wild river’.
This week the Albanian authorities vowed to maintain it that approach. On Monday, it dedicated to defending the Vjosa and its tributaries by creating Europe’s first wild river nationwide park. River Watch and different marketing campaign teams have been calling for such a designation for years.
The transfer ought to safeguard the river and its tributaries from the sort of growth many feared would impression this eden. Dams have beforehand been mooted for the area.
“Albania’s Vjosa is nature’s unrelenting drive, the one survivor of the wild rivers of our continent,” stated Albanian prime minister Edi Rama. “Below the protecting cloak of the nationwide park, Vjosa will keep intact for Albania, for Europe, for the planet we would like for our youngsters’s youngsters.”
Assist defending the river will come from an unlikely supply: the out of doors clothes firm, Patagonia, has agreed to help in creating the nationwide park.
Picture: Nicolas Jehly