Buna river project launch gathers wide support in Albania

Around 70 participants from local government, civil society and educational bodies from Albania and Montenegro gathered to launch the Buna Delta Protection Project during an opening in Shkodra (Albania) on 25 January 2018, followed by a field visit to the Buna River-Velipoja Protected Landscape attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Environment, at the Velipoja Visitor Centre on 27 January 2018.

The Buna Delta Protection project, supported by MAVA, is coordinated by IUCN ECARO in partnership with PAP/RAC, The Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med), Tour du Valat, and Institute for Nature Conservation of Albania (INCA). The project will run for five years focusing on the Buna River-Velipoja Protected Landscape (IUCN Category V), and will look to significantly reduce development threats currently affecting high value wetlands and thus stop further degradation of habitats. Furthermore, the project anticipates restoration activities on damaged wetlands and coastal habitats. In order to address socio-economic issues and human well-being, sustainable tourism and land use practices will be promoted. The site, designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Site), is one of the four Mediterranean coastal wetlands highlighted by MAVA to develop best practices that will serve as references for the Mediterranean region.

More information


MAVA’s action plan linked to this project.

Web page of the project here.

More information on Ramsar Sites of Albania here.

Contact: Oliver Avramoski, IUCN ECARO, Project manager

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