Plans to protect one of Europe’s last free-flowing rivers took a major step forward this week, after a roadmap and feasibility study for the pioneering conservation project were published.

The Vjosa River, which flows through Greece and Albania, is the longest-free flowing river in Europe outside of Russia, but has been threatened for decades by hydropower development and more recently an oil and gas development project from Shell.

In 2021, the Albanian government caved to significant pressure from local and environmental campaigners to provide permanent protection for the river and its biodiversity when it announced it would make its section of the river a national park.

Yesterday, a working group of Albanian and international experts published a string of documents which set out how the government can achieve its aim and put the Vjosa River and its free-flowing tributaries under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Category II

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