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Hydrobiological baseline survey for River Vjosa in Albania

Meulenbroek Paul, Projektleiter/in
Art der Forschung
Graf Wolfram, Projektmitarbeiter/in
Wilfling Olivia, Projektmitarbeiter/in (bis 31.12.2019)
Beteiligte BOKU-Organisationseinheiten
Institut für Hydrobiologie und Gewässermanagement (IHG)
Gefördert durch
EuroNatur - Stiftung Europäisches Naturerbe, Westendstraße 3, 78315 Radolfzell, Deutschland
Vjosa River in Albania is of pan-European importance and one of Europe’s last living wild rivers. International efforts to use the river Vjosa in Albania for hydropower production requires independent and internationally standardized surveys to document the current environmental conditions. The aim of the program is to provide a scientific investigation to build a framework and baseline on the rivers biodiversity of fish, benthic invertebrates and vegetation ecology of the Vjosa-Aoos river system. Additionally the project gears towards providing the support material for demonstrating the potential violations of international rules by the construction of hydropower dams at the Vjosa at Poçem and Kalivaç. Before major management plans are implemented, a detailed scientific analysis of its environmental characteristics should be carried out as a basis for an evaluation of long-term management effects. Furthermore, the program is orientated towards capacity building in Albania in respect to environmental assessments, following international standards. In addition, we strive towards raising awareness of the international science community on the endangerment of Balkan river systems and enhancing international cooperation for their conservation. The fundamental task of the present study is to publish and communicate the results of its research activities and strengthen networking opportunities of Albanian and international scientists and thus voicing an independent expert view for the sustainable development.
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