Credit: SPA/RAC

The status of the marine environment in Albania


The GES assessment of the marine and coastal environment in Albania was conducted adopting the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) and related criteria. This is the first attempt to assess GES in Albania, which implies an integrated approach focused on the different Ecological Objectives.

The main findings of this assessment suggest that, at the time being, it is not possible to estimate GES for most of the Ecological Objectives and their indicators, due mainly to lack of or insufficient data (especially regarding long-term data series) and in baseline knowledge. However, the present attempt to assess GES has provided some important preliminary insights into the status of benthic and pelagic habitats in Albania's marine area. It also highlights significant signs of pressures regarding contaminants (EO9) and marine litter (EO10).


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