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Spahiu M.H.,Kosovo Environmental Protection Agency | Lindemann-Matthies P.,University of Education, Karlsruhe
Sustainability (Switzerland) | Year: 2015

Environmental education in Kosovo is currently under reform. The new strategy for sustainable development demands a strong focus on education for sustainability in schools. However, a lack of teacher education might impede new approaches in the classroom. This study investigated how teachers in Kosovo approach locally-relevant environmental issues in the classroom before and after a one-day in-service workshop on teaching approaches related to education for sustainable development (ESD). Data were gathered in nine classes with a systematic observation scheme and processed using Flanders' interaction analysis categories system. During the workshop, a specially designed toolkit was introduced to the participants (nine biology teachers from the upper secondary level). The toolkit included teaching approaches suitable for ESD and focused on air and water pollution, waste management, energy saving, and the conservation of biodiversity. Before the workshop, teacher-talk occupied more than 90% of a typical 45-min lesson, and instructions were frontal and directive. After the workshop, pupil-talk strongly increased (up to 88%), and pupils were actively engaged in activities suitable for ESD. Supportive training can thus help teachers to improve their instructional practices. However, only those teachers who had reported support from head teachers and colleagues were still frequently using the toolkit after one year. © 2015 by the authors. Source


Gashi A.,University of Prishtina | Shabani E.,University of Prishtina | Grapci Kotori L.,University of Prishtina | Bislimi K.,University of Prishtina | And 2 more authors.
Turkish Journal of Zoology | Year: 2016

Despite the long tradition of ichthyofaunal research in the Balkan Peninsula, there are still poorly investigated areas. Kosovo is one of the least investigated countries of the Balkan Peninsula in regard to fish fauna. In this study, we present the results of a fish fauna investigation in Badovc Lake and the Llap River. The fish fauna of Badovc Lake in central Kosovo was investigated at monthly intervals between June 2012 and December 2012. A total of 16 species belonging to 6 families, Cyprinidae, Cobitidae, Percidae, Siluridae, Esocidae, and Centrarhidae, were determined in this research area. The vast majority of species found belong to the family Cyprinidae (11), while all other families are represented by a single species. At 10 selected stations of the Llap River, 12 fish species were found. The family Cyprinidae is represented by 10 species, while 2 other families (Percidae and Salmonidae) are represented by a single species. The first preliminary checklist of fish species found in freshwater ecosystems belonging to the Black Sea basin in Kosovo is given and it contains 27 species. According to the IUCN criteria, 25 of the species found are in the category of Least Concern, and the 2 remaining species are in the category of Vulnerable species (Cyprinus caprio and Alburnoides bipunctatus). This investigation shows that the alien invasive pumpkinseed fish Lepomis gibbosus, which is reported here for the first time from Kosovo, is expanding its distribution area in the Balkan Peninsula. In this context, more detailed investigations are needed in this part of Kosovo in order to determine the diversity and number of fish populations. © TÜBİTAK. Source


Tahirp F.,Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning | Mrasorp Z.,Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning | Orana I.,Kosovo Environmental Protection Agency | Balaj I.,Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning | Makolli V.L.,Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning
Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology | Year: 2012

Large amount of organic domestic waste, gardens, stables, and fast decomposition time, inadequate treatment (except in the landfill), makes their harmful impact on environment. Research on the generation of organic waste is made in summer, in three areas of the city, which differ by socio-economic structure. The methodology of data collection and data processing was carried out with measurements of kitchen organic waste in these areas for 21 days in a row, 7 families were engaged from each area, organic waste was collected separately from other wastes and then they were weighted. The research was focused on data collection of organic domestic waste and established methods of their treatment. From the measurements and calculations made, the amount of organic domestic waste produced in this season is approximately 252 g/inh/day or 77% of the total quantity of municipality waste, this amount varies depending on the seasons when measurements was made but it does not fall below 35%. In general, the amount of organic waste in Kosovo includes organic stables and gardens waste, but they are not included in this paper. Source


Morina I.,Kosovo Environmental Protection Agency | Dragusha B.,University of Prishtina | Dvorani S.,Geological Institute of Kosovo | Riesbeck F.,Humboldt University of Berlin
WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development | Year: 2012

Because of poor maintenance of the power plant (PP) Kosova A this study reports and discusses the results of reconnaissance work carried out in the vicinity of ash disposal site from PP in relation to the geochemical assessment of ash. The regional geology Kosova is rich in ore and lignite deposits. For about 100 years lignite has been exploited in one of the largest lignite deposits in Europe near Prishtina. Currently 97 % of the power demand of Kosova is generated by the power plants Kosova A and B near Prishtina. The aim of this study was to estimate environmental impacts which are caused by the ash disposal site of power plant Kosova A and to assess geological conditions within this work. The chemical and physical properties of ash differ from each other in relation to disposal age and technique. Ash and surrounding soils were analyzed for knowledge of chemical properties and mineralogy. Additional the data were analyzed to assess environmental impacts caused by ash and geology. Source

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