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February 8, 2017
Wetlands of Albania

Celebrating the World Wetlands Day, Ardian Koci, RAPA Fier, and Toni Kreshnik, RAPA Lezha, were hosted by the Vizion + TV Morning show “5 to 7” on 2 February 2017. Besides mentioning the importance of wetlands of Albania for migratory birds and promoting the bird watching, they have also shared the results of the International Waterbird Census held in January and supported by the project NaturAL, financed by the EU, and NAPA.

Albania is a country rich in wetlands - lagoons, lakes (artificial and natural ones), rivers, and swamps, both salt and freshwater ones, are abundant. There are four major wetlands and Ramsar sites of national and international importance: Buna River and Shkodra Lake, Prespa Lakes, Butrinti Lake and Divjaka-Karavasta, that has the richest biodiversity. The International Waterbird Census showed that the number of birds has increased from 100,000 in 2016 to 160,000 birds estimated this year. Only in the area of Divjaka-Karavasta the number of bird species has increased from 17,000 in 2016 to 40,000 this year, as a result of the government’s hunting ban as well as the dedicated work of the NAPA/RAPA staff and the local population that are increasingly safeguarding these areas. Raising awareness on the importance of wetlands, the Pelican Festival will be organized this year expecting to attract the public attention. The Dalmatian Pelican is the symbol of Divjaka-Karavsta, given that this globally threatened bird, counting about 10,500 - 11,000 individuals worldwide, nests on a small island in Divjaka-Karavasta.

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