Karavasta Lagoon

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Laguna e Karavastasë.

The Karavasta Lagoon (Albanian: Laguna e Karavastasë) is the largest lagoon in Albania and one of the largest in the Mediterranean Sea. It is separated from the Adriatic Sea by a large strip of sand. The lagoon is part of the Divjake-Karavasta National Park. It was elected as an area of international importance, protected by the Ramsar Convention of 29 November 1995.

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The lagoon is situated in the west of Albania and the largest town found near the lagoon is Lushnjë. The lagoon is cut of from the Adriatic Sea by a long sandy bar.[1] The Karavasta lagoon has many pine trees and small sandy islands.[1] The lagoon is famous for the rare Dalmatian Pelican which nests there: In fact 5% of the world's population of this type of pelican is found in this lagoon.[1]

The Karavasta Lagoon is within the List of Ramsar wetlands of international importance[2] and is part of the Divjake-Karavasta National Park. Inside the park's boundary are found a number of restaurants with the most famous being Alfa-Yur, also known as Ali Kali Restaurant. A former gymnast, Ali is known to serve food portions while doing acrobatic moves with his white horse. Since disinfection campaigns have long been halted, the area is known to have a very active mosquito season. However, in 2014, disinfections campaigns have started and a park rehabilitation project has been initiated by the national authorities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bashkia Fier » Karavasta Lagoon". Bashkia Fier. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  2. ^ Ramsar (August 4, 2010). "The list of wetlands of international importance" (in English and Spanish). Ramsar. p. 5. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

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