An article about the new species found in the Vjosa river – the last wild river in Europe, prepared by: Wolfram Graf, Steffen U. Pauls & Simon Vitecek.
In this contribution, scientists describe Isoperla vjosae sp. nov. from Albania. They characterize males, females, and larvae of the new species collected at the Vjosa River using morphological and molecular approaches. Isoperla vjosae sp.nov. is a member of the I. tripartita group, which is widely distributed in the Balkans.
The hydropower industry business has been growing very fast in Albania since 2007. Few studies have been published recently about the environmental and social impacts of this industry. Mapping of the existing hydropower plants and those which are planned to be developed is a must, in order to understand and estimate the consequences and to develop the proper conservation plans.
The findings presented here are intended to provide supporting information for the detailed planning of the HELP-CSO project activities such as the interactive conflict map as well as to support the local environmental organizations, local communities, engaged citizens, scientists, farmers and energy companies to improve the management of conflict cases regarding hydro-power projects in the country.
The assessment study mapped 18 certain cases of hydro-power conflicts repor ted in Albania during the period 2012-2016.
November 2016 – During an entire month EcoAlbania team had the pleasure to host and help during their research project a group of students from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). This group of talented youngsters studied the production and trade of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) in the Vjosa watershed region.