Albania bans logging

EPA/ARMANDO BABANI

A deer is seen in a touristic village in the National park of Llogara, some 250 km south west from Tirana, Albania on 27 January 2008. This mountain is situated on the border between Adriatic and Jon seas. Its altitude ranges from 470 to 2018m. The park of Llogara has a significant importance both as a tourist destination and as a transit bridge to the Ionian coast. I

Without serious estimates, it is believed the country has lost 50% to 75% of its woodland; will the ban make a difference?


Albania has seen massive deforestation by up to 50% since 1990. These are in fact outdated statistics. Albania is one of the world’s worst hit countries by deforestation. Woodlands covered 51% of its territory in 1990, reduced to 25% by 2010.  NGOs estimate that less than 10% of Albania is covered by forest today, Balkan Insight reports.

By an overwhelming majority law makers imposed a ten year moratorium on logging for industrial purposes or export, but not for heating. The law against loggi...


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