Albania extends hunting ban by five years

© Joachim Mahrholdt

Groundbreaking decision to protect migratory birds and wildlife

Press release, 3 June 2016

 

Radolfzell.  Yesterday the Albanian Parliament decided to extend the ban on hunting throughout the country for a further five years.  Despite the protests from hunters, the Ministry of Environment’s bill was passed with a small majority. The hunting ban will come into force with the publication of the law, which is expected to happen within the next two weeks.  The long overdue extension is the result of persistent pressure from both national and international nature protection organisations, including the Albanian partner organisations of the nature protection foundation, EuroNatur. In March 2014, the Albanian government first imposed a two-year moratorium on hunting throughout the country. The massive decline of wildlife in Albania triggered this action. 

“EuroNatur congratulates the Albanian government and Albanian parliament on this decision. The extension of the moratorium on hunting is groundbreaking and was an urgent necessity. Now, it is essential that the hunting ban is put into practice,” said Gabriel Schwaderer, the Executive Director of EuroNatur. Albanian wildlife levels are still catastrophically low. One of the reasons for this is that every year the wetlands and the remote areas of Albania’s Adriatic coastline become a death trap for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds.

“To change course, the Albanian government must impose the moratorium on hunting and press ahead with the comprehensive hunting reform that is already in process. This must include the monitoring of huntable species which complies with international standards.  Hunting quotas and lists of huntable species must no longer be pulled out of thin air. Establishing solid controls and punishing violations of the law is also essential,” said Thies Geertz.

Although the situation is still critical, the first positive effects of the hunting ban are being seen already. In 2015, commercial hunting tourism plummeted. Instead, the number of birdwatchers in attractive birdwatching areas such as the Karavasta Lagoon has risen. “The hunting ban has given the local population new sustainable sources of income. The challenge now is to move forward in this manner,” stated Thies Geertz.
 

Background Information:

 

For further information: EuroNatur, Konstanzer Str. 22, 78315 Radolfzell, Tel.: +49 7732 - 92 72 10,
Fax:+49 7732 - 92 72 22, E-Mail: info(at)euronatur.org, Contact person: Gabriel Schwaderer, Press Contact: Katharina Grund


This press release was translated by Alice Vernon-Clarke (volunteer of The Rosetta Foundation'sTranslation Commons).

Do you want to help?

Donation

Future needs nature. EuroNatur cares for it. Please use your possibilities to help. With your donation you will make an effective contribution to a more livable environment.

News

Plans for hydropower plants on the Mura halted

Good news for the Mura: Slovenian Environment Minister Jure Leben has called a halt to the construction of all planned hydropower plants on the Mura...

Back to Freedom

At the beginning of February, our Greek partners at MOm released a young Mediterranean monk seal back into the Aegean Sea. Prior to that, they had...

The protection of the Ulcinj Salina is a precondition of Montenegro’s membership of the EU

++ The EU demands that Montenegro protect Ulcinj Salina ++ February 2nd is World Wetlands Day ++

Bat Count 2019

There are a lot of chilled out bats hanging around at the moment in the Frankfurt Ostquell Brewery: Bat conservationists are taking advantage of the...

Counter shows forest destruction of Romanian virgin forests in real time

++ Romanian EU Presidency 2019: Eyes on Romania - and the virgin forest destruction ++ EuroNatur and Agent Green call on Romania and EU to turn...

On a voyage of discovery in Europe's nature

International photo competition “Europe’s Natural Treasures 2019” is starting

Poisoning threatens Vulture Populations in the Balkans

In the last twenty years at least 465 vultures in the Balkans have fallen victim to poisoning. This is the alarming conclusion of a study which has...

Hydropower projects on the Vjosa: Bern Convention opens case-file against Albania

++ Hydropower plant projects Poçem and Kalivaç to be suspended immediately. ++ Standing Committee to the Bern Convention recognizes imminent danger to...

Eco-Masterplan shows value of Balkan Rivers

++ 80,000 kilometers of rivers in the Balkans scientifically assessed ++ 76 percent thereof identified as no-go zones for hydropower development ++...

#GivingTuesday: Join in and help to protect our river treasures!

The countdown is on: November 27th is #GivingTuesday. This is the day when the initiative of the same name calls upon people all around the world to...

Griffon Vulture shot down in Salina Ulcinj

A Croatian griffon vulture found its last resting place in Salina Ulcinj. It is assumed that poachers shot this rare bird of prey – unfortunately not...

The European Green Belt in Thuringia is a national National Nature Monument

The unique wildlife corridor which runs along the former German-German border is getting comprehensive and lasting protection.

Activists urge EU Commission to save Romania’s Virgin Forests

EuroNatur and Agent Green: EU’s biggest nature crisis in Romania requires immediate action

Serbia to join agreement on the protection of migratory birds

EuroNatur and its Serbian partner organisation the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia have long been working towards it, and now the first...

Launch for transnational programme to protect the Sava River

The SavaParks Network, which has been initiated by EuroNatur, received an EU funding grant for a new Sava conservation project. The launch event took...

By using our services, you agree that we use cookies. Data protection