For several days now, the inhabitants of some of the villages in the Mirdita district have attracted the attention of the Albanian media thanks to their protest against the construction of hydroelectric power plants in the area.
Despite having organized several demonstrations to defend their environment, they have not yet been able to cancel the permit granted for the construction of the plants.
One of their representatives went to Lezhë today, given that during the last protest they had been promised a meeting with the representatives of the company that will build the power stations, the town hall, the police and the prefecture: a meeting that, however, did not happen. .
Representation from the village of Kacinar was welcomed only by the prefect of Lezhe, who promised them the establishment of an operational unit that will study the case in detail. In any case, until the permit granted for the construction of hydroelectric power plants is not revoked, citizens will not stop protests and demonstrations.
The power plants in Albania
At the beginning of September, the Albanian authorities granted permission for the construction of 527 hydroelectric plants throughout the country: a document from the Tirana government quoted by the Albanian business magazine Monitor reveals this.
Only in the 2017-2018 period were 71 contracts signed for the construction of small hydroelectric plants, which were added to the existing 171 contracts. In this sense, in September around 150 national and international NGOs had sent Prime Minister Edi Rama a letter asking for the interruption of the construction of the power stations along the river Vjosa, an important reservoir of biodiversity and home to many endangered species in Europe.
Nevertheless, along its course 45 hydroelectric power stations will be built - 8 along the main course and 37 along the tributaries.
"We, national and international environmental organizations, ask Prime Minister Edi Rama to immediately suspend all the ongoing projects of the hydroelectric power plants along the Vjosa river, up to an environmental impact assessment and the creation of an integrated management plan for the basin that takes into account social aspects."- reads the letter published by NGOs.