Capacity building of CSOs (advocacy and watchdog for energy and climate issues)

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Capacity building of CSOs (advocacy and watchdog for energy and climate issues)

Throughout October 2021 - February 2022, EDEN Center organised a tailor-made training programme for environmental CSOs, with the purpose of building the capacities of CSOs to enhance their participation and involvement of CSOs in energy and climate issues, in the frame of the EU integration process of Albania, through environmental watchdog, advocacy coalition actions, etc.

The entire training programme was designed to build capacities of CSOs representatives on issues and tools such as - environmental watchdog, climate and energy policies, Chapter no.15 energy, advocacy and participation in the environmental decision-making process - to scale up their contribution and activism in the EU integration process of Albania.

More than +23 CSOs (focused on environmental, energy, climate and EU integration issues) benefited from the training programme. In addition, the training programme was attended by +15 free-lancer activists, experts, non-formal groups, etc.

The initial two training sessions took place in October 2021, with a particular focus on building a successful environmental watchdog campaign. During these training sessions, CSOs representatives were introduced to the main steps in embarking on a watchdog campaign - how to identify a problem that could be converted to a watchdog campaign, legal opportunities to scale up their participation in the environmental decision-making processes, planning and tools. (read more on the detailed article here)

The third training session took place on the 18th of March, with a particular focus on chapter no.15 Energy, Climate and Energy policies. The third training session was designed to provide an overview of the Albanian institutional set-up in charge of climate and energy policies and respective public documents (laws, strategies, action-plans, international duties, etc). The CSOs representatives were introduced to the challenges and opportunities of the progress of climate and energy policies according to the EU acquis. Following this, CSOs representatives worked with each other on drafting possible advocacy/watchdog campaigns to intervene for the improvement of these policies through coalition advocacy actions, campaigns, etc., by combining their previous experience with the gained knowledge during the training.

In order to ensure a sustained transfer of knowledge among environmental CSOs in Albania, an e-manual on "Environmental Watchdog" will follow up this training programme. 

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The capacity-building programme for the CSOs representatives “Trainings on watchdogging, EU integration and energy chapter (15), participation in decision making and advocacy” comes as part of the "Empowering Civil Society Activism and Concrete contribution into EU accession negotiation process in Albania", implemented by EDEN Center and EDMI, with the financial support of the European Union in the frame of IPA 2017 program.