Environmental concerns as part of development plans in coastal Albania - WFD research study

Environmental concerns as part of development plans in coastal Albania - WFD research study
In recent years, the development of coastal regions in the Republic of Albania has taken a priority for the government and the private sector. Often, such developmental plans do not consider the environmental impact they might have for the specific area and beyond. The affected communities and other stakeholders are not included in the consultation processes and their concerns are not heard.
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16 November 2021
Introduction
There is an increased need for a more proactive engagement of civil society organisations (CSOs), local communities, and other key stakeholders. They must be consulted and be given the space to influence decision-makers by advocating for various environmental concerns related to development plans.

    With this in mind, a research study was supported by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in Albania to prepare an environmental portfolio report by identifying and analysing the key environmental problems of Albanian coastal regions.

    Some of the key questions and topics covered in the report are:

    • What are the main problems identified in the coastal areas of Ledza, Durres, and Vlora?
    • What is the role of environmental civil society organisations?
    • What are the challenges of coastal development in Albania?