Kosovo's Environment: From Water to War


Let's get to know more about Kosovo's environment! In this Field Note, I'll share what makes Kosovo's environment unique and nourishing, as well as the modern challenges people here face. We'll also touch on a topic we haven't spoken much about: how people have adapted after the war!

What makes this environment special or different?:

Kosovo's environment is unique because it is entirely self-sufficient in water. This means that the people in Kosovo can get all the water they need from its many rivers and lakes! Some of the biggest rivers in Kosovo are the Drini i Bardhë (pronounced Bar-th), the Sitnica, and the Ibar. If you look on a map, can you see which seas these rivers feed into?

What parts of this environment help people to live here?:

As I mentioned above, the many lakes and rivers help people have access to water. Water is also helpful for farming, which many people outside of the cities take part in. 99% of the farms in Kosovo are small farms! To me, this is way different from the U.S. The most popular crops are barley, wheat and vegetables. Additionally, Kosovo has two valleys: the Dukagjini Valley and the Kosovo Valley (what a classic name). These valleys are really good places to grow vegetables, vines, potatoes and fruit.