Protection study of the Vjosa River Valley based on IUCN protected area standards

The IUCN has analysed the ecological and legal aspects around the Vjosa river. This study provides insight into the rationale and feasibility of declaring a protected area for the Vjosa Valley, along with the management objectives and associated protected area categories that would ensure the conservation of its key values. The study shows that a national park is the most appropriate option. The designation would help safeguard the biodiversity and traditional land use activities and support the green tourism development in southern Albania. Authored by Dr Andrej Sovinc, IUCN WCPA Regional Vice-Chair Europe, it is expected to assist the Albanian government to apply consistent protection under national legislation.

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