The Vjosa River in Albania is one of Europe’s last living wild rivers. Along its entire course of over 270 kilometers it is untamed and free flowing and characterized by beautiful canyons, braided river sections, islands, oxbows and meandering stretches. In some areas the riverbed expands over more than 2 km in width. What makes this river really outstanding internationally is the fact, that almost all its tributaries are free flowing and intact as well, creating a living rivers network that is without par in Europe. However, very little is known about its biodiversity or crucial physical processes such as sediment transport or groundwater systems. We might know more about rivers in the Amazon than about the Vjosa catchment.
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