Event on Climate Change at Albanian College in Durrës

On 18 January, approximately 50 students attended the viewing of an environmental documentary and subsequent interactive discussion with experts from the Institute for Environmental Policy. Students committed to practising various ways to reduce their carbon footprints and at the end of two weeks, will reflect on how making small changes to their consumption habits can ensure a sustainable future.

Results of the Call to participate in the Grant and Training Programme

Press release

RESULTS OF THE CALL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRANT AND TRAINING PROGRAMME WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF PROJECT “SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE BALKANS”

More than 300 000 EUR for strengthening CSO capacities in the Western Balkans

The best project ideas of CSOs from Albania, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo* are chosen to participate in the Grant and Training Programme within the framework of project “Sustainable agriculture for sustainable Balkans: Strengthening advocacy capacities of CSOs and developing policies in the Western Balkans”. Total of 48 organisations have been selected for participation in the Programme – 18 from Serbia, 10 from FYROM, 8 from Albania, 6 from Montenegro and 6 from Kosovo.

Total of 114 project proposals have been received representing 114 leading and 169 partner civil society organisations.

Independent three-member evaluation committee has evaluated and selected project ideas with potential to be developed in effective advocacy campaigns for sustainable agriculture, within the framework of further Programme components aimed at development of full project application.

CSOs chosen to participate in the Programme are presented in the following table 

Total fund for strengthening advocacy capacities of CSOs for sustainable agriculture is greater than 300 000 euros out of which 220 000 euros will be invested in financing activities of CSOs who will develop best project proposals.

 Reminder

Organisations with successful Concept note will participate in Programme aimed to strengthen capacities for advocacy for sustainable agriculture in the Western Balkans. This programme is made of three components:

  1. Training of selected CSOs on organisational development, internal governance and advocacy (November/December 2016)
  2. Coaching for writing project proposals in the area of sustainable agriculture. CSOs will be provided with expert support for development of full applications (January-March 2017)
  3. Granting CSOs with maximum 25.000 euros per grant. 10 best advocacy project proposals for sustainable agriculture will be granted (May 2017 – May 2018).

Regional project “Sustainable agriculture for sustainable Balkans: Strengthening advocacy capacities of CSOs and developing policies in the Western Balkans” is aimed at strengthening advocacy capacities of CSOs using research, training and networking.

Project is implemented by consortium of CSOs from Albania (Institute for Environmental Protection – IEP), FYROM (FLOROZON), Kosovo* (NGO AKTIV) and Montenegro (Center for Protection and Research of Birds – CZIP), led by Organisation for Respect and Care of Animals – ORCA from Serbia. The project lasts four years (2016-2019) and is funded by the European Union, represented by European Commission, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) as part of Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2014-2015. Total budget of the project is 960.760 EUR.

Project is implemented by consortium of CSOs from Albania (Institute for Environmental Protection – IEP), FYROM (FLOROZON), Kosovo* (NGO AKTIV) and Montenegro (Center for Protection and Research of Birds – CZIP), led by Organisation for Respect and Care of Animals – ORCA from Serbia. The project lasts four years (2016-2019) and is funded by the European Union, represented by European Commission, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) as part of Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2014-2015. Total budget of the project is 960.760 EUR.

Call for Trainer & Consultant

CALL FOR TRAINER & CONSULTANT: ORCA (Serbia), on behalf of consortium of partners: AKTIV (Kosovo*), FLOROZON (FYR of Macedonia), CZIP (Montenegro) i IEP (Albania), announces Call for Trainers & Consultants for trainig of CSOs for advocacy&organisational development and coaching for writing project proposals.

The Call is opened until 31 October 2016 for trainers & consultants from the countries of the Western Balkans.

Full text of the Call can be downloaded here

CALL FOR GRANTING, COACHING AND TRAINING for strengthening advocacy capacities of CSOs for sustainable agriculture in the Western Balkans

CALL FOR GRANTING, COACHING AND TRAINING: ORCA (Serbia), on behalf of consortium of partners: AKTIV (Kosovo*), FLOROZON (FYR of Macedonia), CZIP (Montenegro) i IEP (Albania), announces:

CALL FOR GRANTING, COACHING AND TRAINING
for strengthening advocacy capacities of CSOs
for sustainable agriculture in the Western Balkans

We are inviting civil society organisations (CSOs) to submit Concept note related to advocacy initiative in one of the thematic areas of sustainable agriculture: water quality, soil quality, crop production, livestock production, energy and waste management, food safety, consumer protection, biodiversity and landscape conservation, welfare of people working in agriculture.

Concept note should be innovative advocacy initiative which clearly and credibly demonstrates the relevance of sustainable agiruculture and its aspects. Of special importance is active participation of decision-makers, general public and other relevant stakeholders.

The Call is opened until 10 October 2016 at 16 hours for all CSOs from Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, FYROM and Kosovo active in different aspects of sustainable agriculture.

More information about conditions for applying can be found in Guidelines for applicants with accompanying annexes at webpage
http://www.orca.rs/sr/call-for-granting-coaching-and-training/

Organisation with successful Concept note will participate in programme aimed to strengthen capacities of CSOs for advocacy and internal governance, improve their knowledge and skills for writing project proposals and contribute to development and implementation of sustainable agriculture policies in the Western Balkans. This programme is made of three components:

  1.  Training of selected CSOs on organisational development, internal governance and advocacy (November/December 2016)
  2. Coaching for writing project proposals in the area of sustainable agriculture. CSOs will be provided with expert support for development of full applications (January-March 2017)
  3. Granting CSOs with maximum 25.000 euros per grant. 10 best advocacy project proposals for sustainable agriculture will be granted (May 2017 – May 2018).

Programme is conducted as part of project “Sustainable agriculture for sustainable Balkans: Strengthening advocacy capacities of CSOs and developing policies in the Western Balkans” financed by European Union and lasts for four years, with total budget of 960.760 euros.

Reminder
Advocacy is one of most important tools in the work of CSO which enables citizens to solve different problems they are facing – influencing policies and legislation, their enforcement and change of culture in relation to relevant issues.

Agriculture is one of the most important economic pillars of the Western Balkans countries because it makes significant part of the gross domestic product (15-25%), and agricultural land covers 40-60% of these countries’ territories. In order for agriculture to be sustainable, it has to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Everybody has benefits from sustainable agriculture – from agricultural producers having direct economic profit and better market access, through economy and increased profit through production of quality products, to consumers who can buy healthy, safe and quality food.

Youth Exchange “Ecotourism: Developing an attitude that respects the environment and the cultural heritage”

Venue: Berat (Albania)
Period: 18 – 23 October 2016 (travel days excluded)
Applying organization: IPSIA Acli
http://www.ipsia-acli.it/
https://web.facebook.com/ipsia.acli/?fref=ts

Hosting Organization: Institute for Environmental Policy IEP
http://iep-al.org/
https://web.facebook.com/Institute.for.Environmental.Policy/?fref=ts

Participants: 38 from Albania (7), Italy (7), Spain (7), Belgium (5), Latvia (6), Kosovo (6)

Language: English
Background and theme of the youth exchange:
Tourism is an inestimable resource for the local communities and should contribute to the protection of the natural and cultural heritage. Instead, it often happens that tourism becomes one the main causes of the ecosystems’ deterioration and has therefore a negative impact on the habitats and landscape, through the pollution of air and waters and the scattering of hardly-biodegradable waste. In this way, despite representing an important economic resource, tourism compromises the bequest we will pass to future generations in terms of richness of the flora and fauna and preservation of the environment.
It is then fundamental for tourism to become ‘green’ and worry about preserving the natural and cultural capital instead of damaging it. For this reason, ecotourism is a concept that is widely spread nowadays.
By ecotourism it is meant a responsible attitude of the traveller, aiming at the preservation of the environment in the respect of the local populations. Ecotourism is then first of all a philosophy, a way of life that arises from the traveller’s consciousness of his/her impact on the environment. The aim of this youth exchange is then exactly to stimulate reflection and come to the consciousness that our behaviour has an impact on what surrounds us, impact that can be reduced with a more responsible attitude.
The youth exchange will be held in Berat, recognised as UNESCO’s cultural heritage.
Many activities will take place in the open air and foresee the interaction with the local people. Simulations will also be done to calculate the participant’s ecological footprint on the environment. In this way, the participants will acquire a deeper consciousness of the consequences of their behaviour on the environment. Through the interaction with the locals, participants will also be lead to reflect about the weight of their cultural patterns when approaching a new culture and develop a more open and tolerant.
For more information, check the infopack Youth Exchange Infopack
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PRESENTATION OF REGIONAL PROJECT «SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE BALKANS» IN BRUSSELS

PRESENTATION OF REGIONAL PROJECT «SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE BALKANS» IN BRUSSELS

At the conference in Brussels on 23 and 24th of June this year, regional consortium of CSOs from Albania (Institute for Environmental Policy), former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FLOROZON – Center for Environmental Democracy), Kosovo* (NGO AKTIV) and Montenegro (CZIP Center for Protection and Research of Birds), led by Organisation ORCA from Serbia, presented the project ‘Sustainable agriculture for sustainable Balkans’.

At the conference organised by European Commission, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations – DG NEAR, a total of 16 projects of consortiums from the Western Balkans and Turkey were presented. Projects are aimed at strengthening of regional thematic networks and capacities of CSOs, and are financed by the European Union. This event was the opportunity for consortium representatives to network and strengthen communication with representatives of European Commission and Centres of Thematic Expertise. Conference participants exchanged experiences in communication, administrative and technical issues related to project management financed by the European Commission.

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*This designation is without prejudice to positions or status, and in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

June 5th – An interactive training “On protection of natural resources in Albanian engaging young professionals”

On the international day of environment, Institute of Environmental Policies (IEP) and Co-PLAN, in the frame of the ENV.net project organized an interactive training for the newly graduated students “On Protection of Environmental Resources through engaging the young professionals”. The activity aimed to increase awareness on environmental protection against climate change, and also increase awareness on renewable energy resources”. The activity was part of the Youth for Energy Policy network.

The activity took place in the premises of Polis University and it was divided in two parts: i) the first part was dedicated to the presentation of the existing situation Hydro Power Plants, production of electrical energy in Albania through these plants and best practices from different EU countries on using RES for production of electrical energy; ii) the second part was more of a workshop, where the participants were divided in groups to analyse the past, present and future situation for energy production in Albania, followed by an action plan.

The event was very fruitful, where several discussions were raised by the youth representatives, where the main points are listed below:

Increase awareness among the youth on using RES for production of electrical energy
Real analysis on the actual need or not for Hydro Power Plants to produce electrical energy
An exchange policy of electrical energy between Albania and Kosovo during the year, based on the amount of energy these countries have in different times of the years. .
Information and analyses for the environmental impact from the alternative resources to produce energy, as the sun or the wind
This activity proved to be more than necessary for the young professionals, by helping their critical thought toward protection of environmental resources and evaluation of potentials for production of electrical energy through using RES.
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