Public Information and Participation

  • The strategy of Milieukontakt Albania is based on the development of dialogue and partnership between different stakeholders in the fields of nature and environment protection. Milieukontakt sees as important the role for NGOs and CSOs to inform and involve citizens in policy and decision making processes and in monitoring implementation of resulting policies and decisions. We have assisted in strengthening dialogue and partnership between civil society, authorities, business and other stakeholders on different levels (local, regional, national and international). In effect, Milieukontakt has supported many activities that have promoted public information and participation in decision making processes in Albania, like:


  • Facilitating the process of communication and cooperation between NGOs and the Ministry of Environment. Among      several activities we have facilitated and supported a multi-stakeholder working group Public Participation in    preparing a position paper with a view to assist NGO members of the Aarhus Information Center within the MoEFWA.


  • “ACT NOW” National Campaign 2009-2010 on Public Participation, Waste, Water and Air quality. Several activities    were organized like:

    -Public hearings in Shkodra and Vlora city on the new Regulatory Plan of both Municipalities (2008-2010). This was

     a new approach for the community to address specific issues and give their opinions on development plans and b      

     part of the decisions.

    -Round tables to discuss mechanisms of Public Participation in decision making regarding the draft laws on      

     environmental sector (2003-2010)

    -Summer Tour activities in different cities of Albania 22nd September “Day without Car”- activity organized by several          

     international organizations and Ministry of Environment.


  • Developing Green Agenda processes encouraging and improving communication between local government, business, citizens and NGOs, conducting and implementing sustainable strategies and action plans through participatory approach. The method combine decision-making from bottom-up, engagement of local authorities in implementing adopted plans to improve local quality of life and wide public participation through learning by doing and monitoring good governance practices of LGUs. Conducting several tailor made trainings on the Aarhus


  • Convention, Public Information and Participation, Mechanism of Compliance and Public Participation in local decision making processes for GOs, NGOs and media throughout the country;
  • Facilitating workshops and discussions of local representatives of communes and municipalities in for coordinating plans and activities for management of urban waste; measurements for preventing illegal logging, good governance, IWM law etc,.


  • Promoting Compliance with the National Waste Strategy among local government officials and civic stakeholders, encouraging regional approaches to resolve the waste problem through inter-LGU collaboration for pooling resources, lobby central government and apply for donor funding such as IPA. Milieukontakt team emphasised upon Good Governance approaches and local analysis of SWM systems.




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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