Green Agenda

Green Agenda method has been developed by Milieukontakt over the years, with contributions from partners and local community groups. It consists of 17 steps, divided over 5 phases, implemented over a period of approximately two years and led by local NGOs and community representatives. It is a method that combines perfectly the bottom-up approach to decision making, wide public participation through learning by doing and capacity building processes, boosting local ownership, as well as paying specific attention to local values.

In Albanian contexts, based upon our experience with Green Agenda implementation, the method has been slightly modified and is composed of 14 step method. This shows the flexibility of the Green Agenda approach, which leaves space for implementation according to local needs and planning.

 

  • Step 1 Analysis of Existing Documents
  • Step 2 Stakeholder Analysis
  • Step 3 First Stakeholder Meeting
  • Step 4 Identification of Values/functions and Formalization of the Working Groups
  • Step 5 Trends and Impacts
  • Step 6 Defining the Vision and setting Standards for the values
  • Step 7 Problems and analyses of causes of them
  • Step 8 Defining priority potentials and opportunities.
  • Step 9 Defining Strategic Directions / Objectives
  • Step 10 Action Planning
  • Step 11 Writing the Green Agenda Document
  • Step 12 Adopting the Document (Public meeting & document approval by the local government authorities. )
  • Step 13 Developing 2-3 Pilot Projects
  • Step 14 Monitoring and evaluation

In Albania, 3 communes implemented a Green Agenda process and came up with a Green Agenda document that was adopted by the local authorities. They are: Dajci, Preza and Voskopoja. Local stakeholders worked in thematic working groups on, for instance, touristic potential, biodiversity and cultural heritage, and formulated strategic plans as well as short term pilot projects. PPNE of Shkodra, Albanian Permaculture Association, Transborder Wildlife, EDEN trainers and Milieukontakt supported them during this process. In this manual you will find a description of the steps they have taken to take their own future into their own hands, and the many creative ideas they have come up with during the Green Agenda process. It is truly inspirational to see how local communes were able to use a project to build a bridge to the future: in Dajci a new position was created within the commune for preserving natural and cultural heritage, in Preza tourists will be welcomed by trained guides and information panels on the main sites of interest, and in Voskopoja a new recreational area was created in the center of the commune. All of these things, and many more, will remain and will serve as stepping stones for future sustainable development of these beautiful communes.

 

An Albanian manual of Green Agenda is written by active members of Albanian civil society who took part in the program and helped to make it a success. We hope that the experiences of the 3.5 years project will inspire other communities in Albania to follow their example and show that citizens can be active in restoring shared social, cultural and natural values. The manual is downloadable in the Publication section of Milieukontakt Albania web site.

 

If you decide to embark on a Green Agenda process, we hope that you will let us know about your experiences and your tips for further adjusting the method to Albanian reality! You can contact:

 

Valbona Mazreku
National coordinator of Green Agenda for Albania

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