Climate crisis webinar : The efforts to preserve one the of Europe’s last big free flowing river

A webinar with the aim to present the efforts of different stakeholders to preserve and promote the last big free-flowing river in Europe – the Vjosa river. The webinar will provide information on the scientific importance of the Vjosa and its conservation values and present the efforts to establish the Europe’s first wild river National Park.

The webinar is organized in the frame of All4Climate Italy 2021 initiative that is being held ahead to the COP meeting. 

Pre-COP26 is the final official ministerial meeting ahead of COP26, the UN climate summit which will be hosted in Glasgow in November 2021 under the presidency of the UK, in partnership with Italy. Every UN Conference of the Parties (COP) is preceded by a preparatory meeting held about a month before, called the Pre-COP. The purpose of this meeting is to provide a select group of countries with an informal setting in which to discuss potential political roadblocks to ramping up climate ambition and to establish strategies for overcoming those challenges come the COP26 negotiations.

Join the webinar online on September 30th, at 11:30.



11:30 – 11:40 – Welcoming (Moderator) 

11:40 – 12:00 – The campaign to Protect the last free-flowing river in Europe – PhD (C) Olsi Nika 

12:00 – 12:20 – Vjosa River: A riverine ecosystem of European significance – Dr. Gabriel Singer / Prof. emer. Friedrich Schiemer 

12:20 – 12:45. – Conservation values of Vjosa: A potential Europe’s first wild river National Park – Dr. Andrej Sovinć 

12:45 – 13:30 – Movie Screening: Blue Heart 

13:30 – 14:00 – Question & Answers 

Vjosa river © Piotr Bednarek

The Vjosa river flows freely from the Pindus mountains in Greece into the Mediterranean Sea in Albania – largely without artificial obstacles. On its course, the river provides all types of river ecosystems, including canyons, wide sections with huge gravel islands, meandering stretches and an estuary with a lagoon. However, what makes the Vjosa particularly unique is the fact that most of its tributaries – such as the Bence, Shushica, Drinos – are also free-flowing. Main river and tributaries together form the most intact river system that remains in Europe outside Russia. As such, the river is of outstanding value, which makes it worthy of a special protection designation: Europe ́s first Wild River National Park.