Numerous fleets of migratory birds headed for the Divjakë-Karavasta national park. The large influx has caused a group of scholars to mobilize to count them accurately.
The different species
Some different species of eagles have been sighted for the first time by scholars, such as the marsh eagle, the fish eagle or the spotted eagle.
For this and much more, this area - if preserved by construction and urban settlements - can become an attraction for winter tourism. It is no coincidence that the researchers stressed the need to preserve the habitat, as the area can become an important tourist destination.
However, after their long migrations, several species of birds are likely to be killed by hunters. Sporadic cases that, despite the commitment of institutions and the government, continue to happen.
The birds that migrate to the Divjakë-Karavasta national park, are part of the species that migrate from Africa to Africa. Many of them return to the same places, taking advantage of food, shelter and water.
The park represents the most important area for birds in Albania, as they are distributed in a mosaic of habitats such as wetlands, coastal waters, woods and rivers.
The phenomenon of illegal hunting
Illegal hunting in Albania continues to be present in nature reserves. It should be emphasized, however, that the cases identified are sporadic and significantly lower than in the 2014, when the prohibitions were implemented.
The ban, in force until 2021, is effective for the most part in protected areas, where checks are conducted regularly. But there are other problems too.
Experts say, in fact, that the territorial reform of the 2015 and the decentralization of forest management (which has moved the administration of hunting into local government units, causing overlapping responsibilities) are increasing the unsustainable risk of natural resources due to lack of of knowledge and education.
In addition, the report also doubts the government's motivation to enforce the ban, as it claims that people in government carry out hunting activities themselves.
2017 has been reported in 25 cases of abuse, mainly related to illegal hunting and logging even in protected areas; it is estimated that dozens of other cases have not been reported to have occurred since a considerable number of abuses have been advertised as trophies on social networks by the authors themselves, apparently unaware of the legal consequences that include heavy fines or even imprisonment.
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