Training on Advocacy and lobbying for environmental issues - Vlora, 12-13 September 2013!

Training on Advocacy and lobbying for environmental issues - Vlora, 12-13 September 2013!

On September 12 -13 at International Hotel in Vlora, REC organized a training on "advocacy and lobbying for environmental issues" part of SENiOR-A program. The training was conducted by Mrs. Valbona Mazreku, executive director of Milieukontakt Albania, expert and trainer for more than 10 years. The training was attended by 12 members of civil society organizations from Vlora, Peshkopia, Librazhdi, Përmet, Lushnja, and Berat. The aim of the training was to address two very important topics for civil society, advocacy and lobbying for environmental issues.
Participants showed great interest on the topics, where there was difference in thinking or discussion. Lobbying is a way of action to impose the policy makers, government bodies, etc., to support and resolve specific issues, said Orsiola Dyrmishi; While Advocacy is a set of actions to protect an idea or a certain right. During the presentation participants had the opportunity to clarify the concepts of advocacy and lobbying, the difference between them, as well as related tools used in these processes. In the second day was discussed obstacles and difficulties faced by CSOs and were presented positive examples and experiences of Milieukontakt on strengthening the voice of CSOs and stakeholders to actively participate in policy and decision-making processes on local, national and international level .
Participants highly valued the training, especially the step by step analysis made to both issues addressed through participatory methods, creating a complete picture and detailing the current situation but also the interventions needed to achieve cooperation among key stakeholders such as civil society, community and local government.

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