Faculty Advisor

Christopher, Peter R.

Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Project Center



The free flowing Vjosa River in Albania and its rich biodiversity are being threatened by the construction of dams for hydropower. Our goal was to identify opportunities to improve the sustainability of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) harvesting and collection in the Vjosa catchment area. In addition, we explored the ramifications of potential dams on the MAPs trade. Our team conducted a study to determine how the large and increasing demand for Albanian MAPs in export markets influence harvesting practices. We concluded that collectors need to implement guidelines for sustainable harvesting in order to help preserve the natural resource base for the trade of wild MAPs. Also, to increase revenues in the region, we recommended the development of a Vjosa MAPs brand for marketing.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs