• Blue Green City Dialogue - Technical assistance to the municipality of Shkodra
  • Shkoder, Albania
  • Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
  • 23000 ha
  • Idea, 2023
  • 2341-SHK
  • Project Concept Development, Participatory Workshop
  • Martin Sobota, Jona Fani, Nele Lesemann, Robert Baumann, Philipp Holzer
  • Deltares

Buna Delta

The Buna river delta, situated in the southeast of Shkodra, Albania, is intricately connected to Lake Shkodra via the Buna, Drin, and Kir rivers, forming a complex hydrological network. This region boasts diverse ecosystems, drawing migratory birds and nature enthusiasts. However, it faces periodic flooding, attributed to factors like heavy rainfall, snowmelt, imbalanced reservoir management, and the mountainous terrain constraining water flow.

We propose a vision for the future of the Buna Delta, developed in close collaboration with the Municipality of Shkodra, government agencies, international donors and local experts. In this vision, flood protection infrastructure is harmoniously combined with the development of ecotourism and circular economy, as well as the improvement of sustainable mobility between the Adriatic Sea and Shkodra.

To achieve flood resilience, a combination of natural and technical solutions is recommended. A combination of natural and technical solutions is recommended to strengthen resilience to flooding. Among these solutions is the organic development of a green river connecting the Buna and Drinasa rivers. This green river acts as a natural strip of land to divert flood water while promoting attractive vegetation. This improves water quality, creates habitats for wildlife and promotes tourism.

To further protect against flooding, improve biodiversity, develop tourism and promote sustainable land management, measures such as the inclusion of storage areas and buffer zones along the waterfront and a resilient mixed form of agriculture are also proposed.
By implementing these strategies, the Buna Delta can thrive as a resilient and vibrant ecosystem, providing both environmental and economic benefits for the region.

  • Blue Green City Dialogue - Technical assistance to the municipality of Shkodra
  • Shkoder, Albania
  • Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
  • 23000 ha
  • Idea, 2023
  • 2341-SHK
  • Project Concept Development, Participatory Workshop
  • Martin Sobota, Jona Fani, Nele Lesemann, Robert Baumann, Philipp Holzer
  • Deltares

Green River & Storage Areas