Tirana, 10 June 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
Albanian authorities have published a report on the state of beaches in Albania and have identified five tourist areas as the cleanest ones and meeting most standards.
The beaches in question are the beaches of Ksamil, Himara and Borsh in Saranda, south of the country and north of the country, Shengjin near Lezha and Velipoja near Shkoder.
National Agency of Environment reports that the quality of beaches has significantly improved in the 12 beaches monitored in the country. NAE says that the Albanian coastline this year offers more safety than a year ago, however, there are still beaches with problems, as far as pollution is concerned.
The monitoring report of the quality of waters has revealed that the main factor of the pollution of coastline waters still relates to the discharge of untreated urban waters into the sea.
The largest beach in the country, that of Durres is not included in the top five.
Many people are not happy with the main beach of the country due to the overpopulation, the numerous constructions and infrastructure of public services.
Above all, the main problem in the beaches of Durres is the high level of pollution, especially along the coastline.
The publication of the cleanest beaches in the country in the days that the tourist season has just started, is seen with criticism by many people. They believe that this can damage tourism.
In fact, publishing such reports ahead of the start of the tourist season is something that creates insecurity for Albanian tourists and foreign ones.
It’s better if the publication of such reports doesn’t take place during tourist seasons, in order to offer time to authorities to improve the quality of beaches ahead of the tourist season. /ibna/