Rama: Discussion with Greece to treat Vjosa’s bed as common property

11:36 15/03/2023

The first 18 million dollars will be placed at the disposal of this park

From Tepelena, the Prime Minister of the country, Edi Rama, has expressed his pride for the declaration of Vjosa as a National Park, as well as for the initiatives that he emphasizes that the government led by him has undertaken, in function of the environment.

During his speech, Prime Minister Rama expressed that this National Park needs a center of excellence for scientific research and projects, development, and coordination of knowledge resources on how to manage them.

The Prime Minister of the country Rama has stated that the government is in a very encouraging conversation with Greece to build a synergy across the border and to treat this bed of Vjosa as a common asset and to invest knowledge and then finances.

Rama has stated that there are 18 million dollars that will be made available initially for the project for sewerage and cleaning of polluted water.

Edi Rama: We are proud of the many things we have done for the environment, the values ​​and the lives of the countless species that Albania has. We need another forest management reform, to turn forests into welfare for all generations, not just in areas where only a greedy few gobble up for today, while others enrich themselves forever.

I also want to say the necessity of this park to have a center of excellence that is a center of scientific research, projects, development, coordination of knowledge resources for how a National Park of these should be managed in times of environmental challenges in size, there are 12,000 hectares of parkland. It is a giant park that crosses the entire body of the country. We are in a very encouraging conversation with our neighbors, with Greece to build a synergy across the border and to treat this bed of Vjosa that does not start in Albania, but starts across the border as a common asset, and to invest together, in knowledge first and then finance.

It’s the first 18 million dollars that will be made available to this park to make it possible for all the municipalities and all the communities of these municipalities to no longer discharge sewage into the river, which means a massive project for sewage in all these municipalities and the cleaning of polluted water. Part of this amount will be financial support with grants or soft loans for businesses that will be developed in this territory, new businesses and close to nature.

I hope that we will build the Vjosa Foundation and that it will be a joint effort to make the management of resources decide what is built and what not and not be left in the hands of any municipality as an uncoordinated decision. In function of this is also the education of the younger and younger generations on what we are doing and on what this will bring in the future.

We are in a very good day today, but it is an extremely big challenge, which practically begins today by taking possession of this wealth in an intangible asset that brings more future to those who are blessed to be born here. , but also for the whole community./broread