Inspirational, fruitful and encouraging was this Youth Summer Camp undertaken by the Young Conservation Club of Gjirokastra (CYC). Our young people challenged the heat of July and took some time from their summer break to once again be in support of the Egyptian Vulture, the only nesting vulture in Albania. This time they traveled to Nivica, one of the nine territories of the Egyptian Vulture in our country.
This one-day activity had a tight schedule, focusing on the theoretical and practical side of youth activism in environmental causes, such as the protection of the Egyptian Vulture population, a globally endangered bird.
During the day/itinerary, a series of activities took place:
- Getting acquainted with the biological diversity, landscape and tourist attractions in the area of Bënçë Valley and Nivica Canyon. The first stop in the Bënçë River valley continued with the descent inside the Nivica Canyon to observe closely the Peshtura (Progonati) Waterfall, a wonder and Monument of Nature.
- Monitoring the territory of the Egyptian Vulture, where one adult individual was observed. Upon arrival in Nivica, the youngsters were introduced to the monitoring protocol and instructions for the use of the optical devices. Watching the Egyptian Vulture was an amazing and exciting experience for them!
- In conclusion of the activities, the discussion was focused on the importance of youth activism in environmental issues, policy-making and decision-making. The discussion was quite constructive and fruitful, full of new ideas.
The day was also filled with many games, discussions about the heritage of the area and polyphonic folk songs. Locals and numerous visitors joined the youth group to learn more about the Egyptian Vulture and have fun together.
The youth club, CYC-Gjirokastra, continues to be a very successful product of a fruitful cooperation between the school “Asim Zeneli” Gjirokastra, the EcoFriends Group, AOS and the respected Professor Gentjan Hyka, within the framework of Egyptian Vulture New Life project.
We believe in the wonderful Albanian youth! We believe in youth activism in environmental issues!