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Albania enlists Patagonia to make wild Vjosa River a park

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By LLAZAR SEMINI
Associated Press

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania plans to make the Vjosa River and its tributaries the country’s latest national park. The move seeks to preserve one of the last wild rivers in Europe. The Albanian Ministry of Tourism and Environment signed an agreement Monday with the California-based Patagonia, a U.S. environmental organization, to draft an “integrated and sustainable plan” for the new park. Ryan Gellert of Patagonia told The Associated Press “This is an opportunity to protect … one of the crown jewel rivers of Europe.” Patagonia and other environmental groups will help “organize and fund” a panel of experts who will draft a plan for the park. The Vjosa River runs 270 kilometers (170 miles) from the forest-covered slopes of Greece’s Pindus mountains to Albania’s Adriatic coast.

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