After years of mistrust and fear, Albanians and Serbs are coming together over a common interest: protecting the environment. In a project funded by the Norwegian and Dutch governments, environmental groups in Kosovo are setting up an electronic network to enable the former enemies to share resources and information on protecting the environment. The network, known as Sharri.Net, was created in February, and a website dedicated to the cause should be up and running by June. “It’s sort of a success for a multi-ethnic Kosovo,” said Blerim Vela of Kosovo’s Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, which is coordinating the program. Ethnic conflict in the region exacerbated environmental problems, including water pollution, deforestation, and heavy urban smog.
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