Most recently, ten Alternative Nobel Prize winners - including the renowned Prof. em. Dr. Michael Succow - addressed and signed an open letter to the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, the Minister of Tourism and Environment Blendi Klosi, the Albanian President Ilir Meta and several EU representatives, urging these leading politicians to protect the Vjosa River and begin preparations to establish it as Europe’s first Wild River National Park. More specifically, they call upon the politicians to safeguard the entire river valley, including its tributaries and that the national park protections adhere to IUCN standards.
Signees of the letter include:
Prof. em. Dr. Michael Succow, Germany, Right Livelihood Award 1997
Angie Zelter for Trident Ploughshares, UK, Right Livelihood Award 2001
András Biró, Hungary, Right Livelihood Award 1995
Raúl Montenegro, Argentina, Right Livelihood Award 2004
Bianca Jagger, Nicaragua, Right Livelihood Award 2004
Anwar Fazal, Malaysia, Right Livelihood Award 1982
Maude Barlow, Canada, Right Livelihood Award 2005
Tony Rinaudo, Australia, Right Livelihood Award 2018
Martin von Hildebrand for Consolidation of the Amazon Region (COAMA), Colombia, Right Livelihood Award 1999
Jean Bellini for Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT), Brazil, Right Livelihood Award 1991
This letter is a part of the outpour of international support demanding a Vjosa National Park Now. Celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellie Goulding have used their platforms to raise awareness and take action on this issue and so have hundreds of others. Thank you to each of the Alternative Nobel Prize winners for their support in this cause of for the continued support of many others.