Environmental protection in this region is extremely important to the maintenance of it's natural beauty. Since plastic bags and wrappers were recently introduced to Albania after communism, this abundance of excess plastic products has overwhelmed the population in general. Locals are increasingly becoming more aware of their environment and how the excess trash has been affecting them and have decided to start participating in local clean ups across the region.
Recent projects that locals in the communities have been involved with include: Around 500 students and 200 teachers (74 different local schools) took part in awareness sessions and clean-ups around the city of Kukes that filled over 100 bags of trash. 12,700 bags of waste were filled by locals during a Koman Lake/Fierze Shore clean up that covered 35 km of shoreline and 2,000 hectares of water surface. 9,000 of those bags were sent to a recycling area. 2 local governments in the Kukes Region introduced recycling waste bins in their communities. A local government cleaned up an illegal landfill site. 10 local governments and around 650 local community members participated in community clean ups celebrating World Environment Day 2010. An environmental awareness session was held for the employees of the Koman ferry. An Outdoor Ambassador group of young members of the community have been picking up trash by the Kukes lake and marking trails in Valbona Valley, led by Peace Corps Volunteers.
Above from top, left to right: Youth from Kukes marking trails in Valbona Valley for outdoor enthusiast. Youth from Kukes
picking up trash along the Valbona Pass. Planting trees in Kukes. Over 30 Albanians camping and enjoying the outdoors in Valbona Valley.
Peace Corps Volunteers and Albanian youth in Valbona. Albanian youth marking trails in Valbona.
All above are projects from Peace Corps Volunteers in 2010.