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01 May 2009

The Balkans Peace Park Project - preview
There are few places in Europe so isolated or so beautiful as the area where Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo meet
  • Jagged limestone mountain peaks rise above tight wooded valleys
  • Poor roads and harsh winter weather isolate the small settlements in these valleys where local people live out a largely traditional lifestyle, producing almost all of their own food and drink
  • But it is also an area under threat: the population is declining as young people leave for towns and cities; the landscape is being scarred by illegal logging and unregulated building; and the religious and political differences of the past lie across the communities of the region and hamper attempts to build initiatives to improve matters

  • Keith Reeves

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