Development of Albanian citizens’ organizations


The long-term goal is to develop a strong and democratically organised NGO movement in Albania. This means a movement that is highly visible in society, able to raise public awareness and capable of playing an important role in policy- and decision-making processes.


Environmental NGOs in Albania quite often consist of people who are professionally engaged in the same issues with which they deal in their NGO, and consequently they have considerable expertise. These NGOs cannot really be considered ‘grass roots’ organisations. There are only a handful of environmental NGOs that are capable of managing several projects at a time or handling large budgets. Another feature of the environmental NGO community in Albania is that there is a considerable level of distrust among the NGOs. Milieukontakt will focus on the creation of working conditions in which grass roots environmental NGOs could start cooperating on environmental issues in an open and transparent manner.
The primary target audiences are NGOs that work in the field of environment and nature protection in Albania. These NGOs are a crucial factor in establishing and maintaining a framework for public participation in environmental matters. In a well-functioning civil society, these NGOs should be capable of finding sustainable solutions to local, regional and national environmental problems, be willing to cooperate with each other and other stake holders, and would contribute to further democratisation and public participation in their country.



1. Institutional development
The Albanian team of counsellors received training in team building. Sixteen Albanian environmental NGOs were trained by the team of counsellors on issues regarding organisation and management and on specific environmental topics. On some occasions, members of different NGOs joined in these training sessions. Regional training sessions on specific environmental topics were organised. In these cases, NGOs outside our initial target group were invited.

2. Public participation
Several regional meetings concerning the implementation of the Aarhus Convention were organised. A national seminar on Local Environmental Action Plans (LEAP) was held to introduce the LEAP methodology to environmental NGOs. NGOs initiated start-up activities on LEAPs in their local communities.

3. Network development and information sharing
An electronic environmental newsletter was published and sent out to over 250 subscribers on a daily basis. Every two weeks, a printed version was published. Working groups were established and charged with preparing the content for a national strategy meeting for environmental NGOs.




Environmental Day

  • International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer - September 16

  • Clean Up the World Weekend - September 17-19

  • Zero Emissions Day - September 21

  • Car Free Day - September 22

  • World Day of Tourism - September 27




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