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Satellite Near Real Time Monitoring Network for the Eutrophication Risk for the marine waters over the Greek-Albanian cross border area” (SAIMON)

Satellite Near Real Time Monitoring Network for the Eutrophication Risk for the marine waters over the Greek-Albanian cross border area” (SAIMON) gathered in Ioannina representatives from Milieukontakt Albania, Vlora District, environmental experts and the Decentralized Administration of Epirus - Water Directorate. The meeting aimed to establish collaboration at a high level between the Greece and Albania and lead the bilateral relations towards finding solutions for common problems, by implementing a coordinated environmental protection action under the eutrophication risk.

Coastal waters and their quality is one of the central government priorities and of course of local government, as it has direct impact in the development of economy and tourism of the area. Implementation of Water Framework Directive and coordination among institutions are very important for establishing a political and technical cooperation among both countries that will be end result of the project. Satellite monitoring of coastal waters and their validation through in situ data measurements in different areas of south coastal, will ensure real data and in time for water quality, risk of eutrophication and addressing problems to take proper measures.

The project covers the coastal area of Corfu, Thesprotia and Vlora. Partners of this project are all the responsible authorities for the marine waters: the Decentralized Administration of Epirus and Western Macedonia; the Region of Ionian Islands and Regional Council of Vlora.

In the meeting of October among other issues it was discussed on how to increase public awareness for environment protection and continues information of public and other institutions on monitoring data and measures taken to ensure coastal water quality.

The project is financially supported by European Delegation in the frame of IPA CBC GR-AL program.

Komposting practices in Dajci commune –Compres

  Komposting practices in Dajci commune –Compres

  In Dajci communeofShkodrait started the pilot project: "Composting Practices” with the kick off meeting        organized atthe Community Center in Shirq. The project is implemented by Milieukontakt Albania in    cooperation with DajçiCommune and supported by the Program for Decentralization and Local Development    (dldp).The project is a continuation of the process of the "Green Agenda"document and in this context Dajci      Commune reconfirmed the willingness to start a new project on introducing compositing concept by    encouraging local farmers to embrace good practices as part of the overall development of the inter-communal waste management cooperation in order to maximize resources and benefits.

Present at the meeting were the Mayor of Dajç commune, dldp representative, specialists of the area, experts in the field, businesses, etc, who together discussed the current situation and the traditions of the organic waste composting in the past and nowadays.Valuable suggestions were given by the specialists on how to organize composting, treatment, marketing, all accompanied with the incentives and community awareness to embrace this technique. A particular aspect, as expressed the mayor ofDajç, Mr. ArbenGjuraj should be to pay attention to the integration of vulnerable groups within the process.

This initiative, innovativefor Dajçi, but also for Albania, aims to build composting practices at farmer level, to introduce this process in the integrated management scheme of solid waste, todraft a differentiated waste tariffs, enabling the municipality to not only build a sustainable practice but also serve as a positive experience for other municipalities.

 

Live the tradition in Përmet

  •  On September 12-13, 2014 it was organized “Festa Përmetare 2014", a festival  which gave echo to this small but very attractive town,         rich in natural      landscape,  history, tradition, culture and culinary art. This festival was an  initiative undertaken     by the municipality of Përmet and  CESVI aiming to promote    t he district, tradition, food, crafts, music, and its  cultural and natural potentialities.
  •  The festival was a combination of local traditions:    dishes, arts&crafts and  typical  agro-food products of Pro Permet        Consortium. Music and songs of polyphonic group of Përmet city and the voice of the well-known city singer, Vaskë Curri, created a festive           atmosphere in the first evening. The Festival included as well activities designed       specifically for children: the first evening kids were invited to join in the park and hear under stars stories and tales for Përmet. It was a chance to discover tradition and history of the city that is very rich with        culture. On the second day, kids had the chance         to have fun drawing symbols or landscapes      of the city raising their interest on tradition as well as on the beautiful nature of the         area. Moreover, six videos prepared           by 14 youth and      women of the District of Përmet were presented in the evening of the first day focusing on: eco-tourism development,         youth entrepreneurship in Përmet, natural and cultural values of the valley.
  • The festival was a good occasion for the community to come together and to remember values of the district, and served as an opportunity to present Përmet as a destination full of potentialities and touristic attractions.
  • Festa Përmetare was organised in the frame of Rise Op project (Rural inclusive of socio economic opportunities) funded by IADSA program. The project aims to contribute and sustain social and economic inclusion of most vulnerable groups especially of rural women and unemployed youth in disadvantaged areas by raising their          capacities and skills in the field of arts&crafts and tourism services and through          institutional and financial support for starting new entrepreneurships in respective fields.
  • In a short period of time, were raised capacities on embroidery, straw works, stone and wood carving, copper works and pyrography, and was created the team of local guides able to present touristic attractions of the area.
  • Many products were bought                 by domestic and foreign tourists present in the city. Some of the tourists were in Përmet by coincidence and some came by        purpose. Sales gave incentives to local       artisans to produce qualitative products, improving quality of their life and creating new           employment opportunities in the area. The festival was closed with the rhythms of music and         dances of citizens of Përmet until late hours of the evening, even though the rain had started.

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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