Albania designates Europe’s last ‘wild river’ as a national park

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TIRANA (Reuters) – Albania’s government has designated the Vjosa River in the southern part of the country as a national park, marking a victory for environmentalists who have been fighting for years against plans for hydropower plants along the waterway. Environmentalists and scientists have dubbed the Vjosa the last “wild” river in Europe, as it flows uninterrupted for 270 km (170 miles) from Greece across southern Albania to the Adriatic Sea, without any dams or power stations. They say the river is home to around 1,000 species, including the critically endangered European eel and endangere…

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