Environmental issues of recent decades and the benefits of environmental assessment – some considerations for Albania
M.Sc. Elona Pojani, Prof. Dr. Beshir Ciceri
Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana
This article aims to provide an overview of the key environmental issues of recent decades, which have dictated new targets and approaches to global economic development. The paper initially talks about the interdependent relationship between economic growth and environmental degradation. In addition, some of the important problems of environmental valuation are discussed. Based on a careful literature review of the works of well-known authors in the field of environmental economics and reports of international environmental organizations, the paper also outlines of the main methods used in environmental valuation exercises. The paper concludes with discussions on the importance of environmental valuation. In each section, a critical assessment of the issue in the case of Albania has been conducted.