Live from a road in Tirana, the capital, the cradle of our knowledge, culture and civilization. Song birds, Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinches (Carduelis chloris), Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs), Serins (Serinus serinus), Great Tits (Parus major) just trapped in nature and breeding season for the worst.
Hundreds, thousands of birds trapped and many more others not able to come into life. Everybody could foresee the consequences. Someone speaks about traditions. Slavery was also a cruel tradition!
We want proactive reaction. We call on the State Inspectorate of Environment and Forests to react against this ugly environmental crime. Meanwhile the Civil Society will call for the mass-media assistance!!!
On the 24th of March 2017, the alliance of environmental NGOs for the protection of the National Park Divjkaka-Karavasta, unanimously addressed two separate letters to the Albanian Ministry of Environment The first letter demands all the information regarding the Master Plan “Resort Divjakë Albania” including also the procedures followed during public consultation. This information will allow us to know if our legal framework on Strategic Environmental Assessment has been properly implemented and to address the courts in case of legislation breach. With the second letter, the above alliance expresses its preliminary strong opposition against the current Master Plan stressing that: 1`. The Plan “Resort Divjake Albania” does not take in account and destroys a major part of natural values and bilogical diversity of the area and Albania. The Plan attacks the whole territory and values of the National Park “Divjaka-Karavasta” and is in total breach with the Lawa “On Protected Areas”. 2. The construction of such a resort will pave the way to the destruction of other National Parks in the country, as for any investor in tourism area, the protected areas are the most attractive places for development. 3. The plan does not consider the recommendations of the Management Plan of the National Park, drafted with the support of JICA and approved in 2016 by the Minister of Environment. 4. The proposed Master Plan is in total breach of several International Conventions (Bern Convention on Emerald Network, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, and in total breach with the principles of nature protection of the European Union (Natura 2000 Network). 5. The plan negatively impacts 100% of the breeding populationt of Albania for several species of birds as the Dalmatian Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Little Egret, Night Heron and Squacco Heron. The plan drastically reduces the number of 250 bird speciesnesting or wintering in this ecosystem. Simoultanously, the plan will harm at least 35 speceis of mammals, 24 reptiles and 120 species of fish. A large part of those species are protected by the national legislation and Directives of the Euorpean Union. Based on the above arguments, the alliance asks the Government and the proposer to draft another development plan that do not harm the habitats, species and the natural values of the Natural park ecosystem.
This is Divjaka, the jewel of Albania and Mediterranean basin, dressed with waters, covered by forest and sand dunes, inhabited since centuries by humans and wildlife. This is the Divjaka-Karavasta National Park, the first Ramsar Site designated in Albania, the Most Important Bird Area of Albania, the Emerald Area of Bern Convention, the future Natura 2000 Site of European Union. This is Divjaka, that residents of Divjaka and all Albanians have protected from fire, logging, illegal constructions and ill-fammed projects. This is Divjaka, more threatened than ever from the current Mabetex Group that in its actual form wipes out from the Park ecosystems, numerous habitats, colonies of wildlife, hundreds of species. This is Divjaka, for centuries the harmony between people and nature! Tomorrow it might belong perhaps to cement, iron and concrete!!! Will the authorities. Mabetex Group developer and other interested parties, instead of the current project, propose a descent one that does not destroy nature? Let us hope that they will respect and implement our current legal framework on conservation of nature and biodiversity! Otherwise, civil society has to follow its mission in reacting to the defense of public good.
Killing, capture of chicks, egg stealing have been often named as responsible for the reduction of the number of eagles in Albania. But another killer factor, considering its wide harm, is becoming even more evident in recent times. Wildlife poisoning, is resurfacing again and rapidly. Shepherds and local inhabitant in many mountainous areas have started to often use poison to get rid of “damages” done by wolf, fox and other mammals. The remaining carcasses are used as food resource for many birds of prey which have started to die in large numbers. Those cases are more frequent in the southern part of the country where the number of small ruminants is higher. But similar cases are now widespread everywhere. The last case is presented by this Golden Eagle being poisoned in the southern part of the country. Meanwhile, only one week ago, several birds of prey, potentially eagles, vultures and buzzards, were found dead in the same area. The Ministry of Environment and the State Inspectorate of Environment and Forests should rapidly react through legal, punitive, educative and awareness measures to stop this phenomenon as soon as. OTHERWISE, ALBANIA WILL NOT BE CALLED ANY MORE “THE COUNTRY OF EAGLES”
Two days of strong wind. 11 particpants, 4400 birds, 56 species. The second day brought more Black-taqiled Godwits, Ruffs, Garganeys and Birds of Prey. Great Experience!
Spring migration has already started. Thousands of birds are landing in our sea shores.
This Sunday, the sandy beaches of Sektori Adriatik, north of Bisht Palle, were “invaded” by hundreds of White Wagtails (Motacilla alba) and one Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava), as a first arrival of other flocks to follow it.
Meanwhile, in Myzeqe plains a very early arrival of one Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) was spotted.
Enjoy spring messengers with AOS! Soon with a new initiative! Help in protecting them from every threat!!!
The list of bird species of Divjaka-Karavasta National Park is enriched with a new species: Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea).
This bird presented in the picture, was spotted on the 26th of February 2017 from Louis Seiller, one of our new members.
The Ruddy Shellduck was believed not present in Albania considering that it was not observed for the last 25 years. But two recent observations, first one individual, unfortunately shot dead, in 2014 and this one in flight in 2017, make it again available for the list of birds spotted in Albania.
We hope that the future provides for new observations of this very rare bird due to its geographical distribution further east from Albania. We wish also that our bird is wild and not an escape from the zoos of neighboring countries.
Congrats to Louis Seiller!!! VERY WELL DONE!