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The workshop on environmental journalism was held on 16-18 June 2003 in
Tirana, Albania. The goal of the workshop was to build environmental reporting
skills while writing environment-related articles to be published in the
newspapers. Eight journalists from Albanian main newspapers, radio and TV
stations with the great interest attended the workshop. 

This workshop was the result of close cooperation between The Guardian and
UNEP/GRID-Arendal, which was based on a 'hands on' case study approach to
teaching environmental news reporting.

During a three-day training workshop co-led by Paul Brown and John Bennett,
journalist-participants focused on the issue 'tourism and the environment', a
complex and important issue currently facing Albania. Albania's spectacular
coastline and other attributes offer great potential for tourism. At the same
time, significant challenges must be overcome if this potential is to be
realized. These include inadequate coastal zone protection and Environmental
Assessment report; illegal development; and compensation claims for lost land.

Workshop participants interviewed senior government officials in the areas of
environment and tourism, the director of a leading tourist site construction
firm, the director of Butrint National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site),
biologists with the National Museum of Science and the general manager of
Tirana's newest luxury hotel, the Sheraton.

Within days, news stories on the topic appeared on television and in major
newspapers including The Guardian.  See the article

-)  The Guardian 21 June 2003 by Paul Brown,,3604,982087,00.html

' Albania bids to boost tourism' 

-) PANORAMA Thursday 19 June 2003 by Brikena Demiraj
'NO - to the
golf field at the National Park in Butrinti' (reference, contact newspaper
for entire article)

-) Ballkani Sunday 29 June 2003, by Mrs. Velaj 'Saranda an unususal tourist
summer' (reference, contact newspaper for entire article)

-) Ballkani Sunday 29 June 2003 'When "Aldo Bare" was protecting the
pelicans' and ' Biodiversity, a luxury we do not need' (reference, contact
newspaper for entire article)

-) Ballkani Wednesday 9 July 2003, by Mrs. Velaj 'Water supply company fires
its employees in charge of the beach' (reference, contact newspaper for entire

-) Korieri 20 June 2003 by Denisa Xhoga

People coming from up North of the country will revitalize 'Butrinti'.


-) Korieri 19 June 2003 Denisa Xhoga

A full  page with different articles on tourism, 'Albania will have
over 150 yacht ports; 'This are the conditions to get a construction license in
the cost line'; The potable water and sewage still a problem to be solve in
Golem, Kavaja region.


-) Albania 19 June 2003 by Enkelejda Topi

'Tourism, the 'Albanian mine' jeopardize by garbage and neglect'
(reference, contact newspaper for entire article)


-) Shekulli (Albania's largest newspaper) 19 June 2003  Elda

Welcome to Albania, were you could find ... not only garbage and insicurity
but 600 miles cost line and luxaru hotels. (reference, contact newspaper
for entire article)