31 May '15, 4pm

Working with 4 villages to end soil erosion in #Albania's Drini River Basin, @BirdLife_News @CEP…

Working with 4 villages to end soil erosion in #Albania's Drini River Basin, @BirdLife_News @CEP…

The entire catchment area of a river and its tributaries is a large, complex, interaction of ecosystems. In Albania, the Drini River basin is a Key Biodiversity Area that provides multiple services to the inhabitants of northern Albania. But currently rain is washing bare soil away into the river, and all of the beneficial ecosystem services along with it – like nutrients to provide crop fertility, water storage by forests, fresh water filtration and flood protection. National water policies in the Mediterranean are mostly exploiting water – with efforts to increase water supply for a growing population and increase the number of hydroelectric dams. Recognising the need to take the needs of biodiversity and ecosystems into account (which also benefits local people), the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is funding projects that take an holistic approach to water m...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/europe-and-central-asia/news/work...

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