Public campaign for the dissemination of eco-bags with citizens

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Do you know that the decomposition of a plastic bag lasts 20 to 1000 years and plastic bags threats marine life and our food systems? In order to reduce plastic pollution and prevent its consequences, each one of us could give his/her significant contribution by using eco-bags (textile, reusable) instead of plastic bags.

EDEN Center is implementing a short-term campaign for the dissemination of eco-bags with the citizens in three different cities – Tirana, Berat, and Shkodër. The random citizens have participated in the public campaign by giving their thoughts and opinions for the usage of plastic bags and eventually they were equipped with eco-bags produced by EDEN Center in the frame of the “Green Economy for Advanced Region” project, supported by the European Union.

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The public campaign for the dissemination of eco-bags with citizens came as part of the “Green Economy for an Advanced Region” project, funded by the European Union and implemented by FORS Montenegro in partnership with EDEN center from Albania, SMART Kolektiv from Serbia, Centre for support and development from B&H, EKO Svest from Macedonia and Association Slap from Croatia.

Has Municipality-example of green development

 

EDEN Center was present at the two-day regional conference held on 27-28 July 2021 "Development of Green Economy", organized by FORS Montenegro in Podgorica as part of the GEAR project which is being implemented in Albania by EDEN Center.
The conference brought together key actors at the regional level, such as representatives from state institutions, media, private sector and civil society organizations from countries in the region. In this conference EDEN Center, was represented by Mrs. Ermelinda Mahmutaj, Executive Director, who made a presentation of the situation in Albania, its commitment to the development of the Green Economy in political, social and economic level. In her presentation, Mrs. Mahmutaj, paid special attention to concrete examples at the local level that support the principles of Green Economy, such as the Municipality of Has, as one of the best models for promoting the concept of green and sustainable development in the framework of the cross bortder project Green Cross. Based on this, from the concrete actions that are being developed In Has Municipality which aim to assess the natural values of the municipality, the creation of savings in the municipal budget and the creation of environmental benefits we can mention: the investment of efficient street LED lightening,  development of action plan “Ecosystem services and intelligent investments in the Municipality of Has; incentive schemes etc.
The conference can be followed on the youtube channel by clicking here, at the minute 04:08:25 - 04:24:00 (Presentation of Mrs. Ermelinda Mahmutaj)

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The "GREEN CROSS – Towards Local Green Economies with Smart Investments" project is financially supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Albania through the cross-border program Albania-Kosovo under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) and implemented in Albania by the Center EDEN and Has Municipality and in Kosovo by Balkan Green Foundation and Klina Commune

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Kick-meeting of the newest EU-funded project

The kick-meeting of the newest EU-funded project, in implementation by EDEN Center and EDMI. 

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On July 1, EDEN Center and EDMI held the kick-off meeting of the project "Empowering civil society activism and concrete contributions into the EU accession negotiation process in Albania", co-financially supported by the European Union, under the IPA 2017 program. The meeting was attended by key actors involved in advocating and implementing green and energy policies in the country, such as representatives of environmental CSOs, environmental experts, and representatives of the authorities.

The project “Empowering civil society activism and concrete contributions into the EU accession negotiation process in Albania“ (e-ACT) will run for 18 months, and its aim is to strengthen the watchdog role and partnership of CSOs to boost enforcement of energy recovery and green policies through direct ground monitoring and policy dialogue within the pre-accession frame. Three main pillars of the project that will enable the full implementation of the Action consist on:
• Establishment of a hosting environment for the civil society on engendering a constructive policy dialogue platform with the representatives of the government by bringing forth issues related to the actual progress and tools in place for environmental protection and climate change;
• Empower the watchdog role and partnership of CSOs on boosting enforcement of green and energy recovery policies through direct ground monitoring and policy dialogue within the pre-accession frame;
• Boost political attention and accountability to align principles of green policies and energy recovery of acquis into the country legal framework.

During the kick-off meeting, the joint project team (EDEN Center and EDMI) presented the aim, scope and the methodology of the project, which was followed by an interactive session with project target-groups, mainly representatives of environmental CSOs in order to identify the needs and interests of these groups to be addressed throughout the project implementation.
In the first part of this session, the concept-idea of the interactive platform was introduced, with a particular focus on the content, functionality, sections and topics that will be covered on the platform. While, in the second part of this session, representatives of environmental CSOs and other stakeholders invited, identified the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis) that CSOs have in their internal structures and face in their advocacy work with green and energy policies.

We thank the participants involved in the kick-off meeting of the project "e-ACT", and we invite you to keep an eye out (vigilante) for the following engaging and capacity-building activities project activities, which will provide engaging opportunities and capacity-building for CSO actors.

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The kick-off meeting of the “e-ACT” project comes as part of the "Empowering civil society activism and concrete contributions into the EU accession negotiation process in Albania" project, implemented by EDEN Center and EDMI, co-financially supported by the European Union, under the IPA 2017 program.

Workshops on EU Green Deal

2. 22On 24th ad 25th of June, EDEN Center conducted two one-day workshop for the EU Green Deal and its linkage with Western Balkan, in Tirana, Albania.

The workshops were attended by environmental CSOs, environmental experts, public local and national authorities’ representatives, environmental agencies, environmental and climate activists. The purpose of the workshops was to introduce the key stakeholders (aforementioned) with the policy-areas of EU Green Deal and how the environmental protection perspective will be changed according to EU Green Deal's targets in the Western Balkan region, specifically in Albania.
The trainer gave an overview of the timeline of the compilation of EU Green Deal and the next steps and introduced the policy-areas of the road-map, respectively- biodiversity, sustainable food systems, sustainable agriculture, clean energy, sustainable industry, building and renovating, sustainable mobility, eliminating pollution and climate action.
The discussions and interactions among the participants on the EU Green Deal were diverse and insightful for everyone that attended the workshop. The main points addressed during these discussions were:

  • The challenges of adopting the profit-sector according to the targets of EU Green Deal;
  • The transition of communities with vulnerable economy towards 2050 targets;
  • The gaps between the vision for the future of environment and sustainable development of Albania and the vision of EU.
  • The path of Albania in adopting according to the EU 2050 targets, in terms of public environmental documents (policies, action-plans, measures, strategy, etc)

This activity came as part of the “Green Economy for an Advanced Region” project, funded by the European Union and implemented by FORS Montenegro in partnership with EDEN centre from Albania, SMART Kolektiv from Serbia, Centre for support and development from B&H, EKO Svest from Macedonia and Association Slap from Croatia.

The regional conference on Green Economy

Highlights from the Regional Conference “Green Economy and Sustainable Development”

Project PartnerOn the 27th-28th of May 2021, EDEN Center held the regional conference “Green Economy and Sustainable Development” via the Zoom platform, organised as a set of diverse sessions, with interesting panellists and speakers from the region.


The purpose of the conference was to provide a space for interaction and to provide a space for interaction and to share knowledge, good practices and vision to enhance CSOs involvement in the transition to a green economy; to foster networking of actors, CSOs and youngsters to improve the environment and mechanisms for state-civil dialogue at all levels; to build bridges of future initiatives for the green shift of the region; and to raise public awareness about the importance of environment protection, green economy, green entrepreneurship and sustainable development.

On two days, the regional conference was attended by more than +93 participants from the Western Balkan countries, where more than +30 panellists joined the panels of discussions, where their standpoints and insights based on their experience and work were shared with the others.

The first day of the regional conference was focused on the integration of green economy principles into the policy-making, governing, and profit sector for the sustainable development of the region.

The conference was opened with the welcoming remarks of Mrs Ornela Cuci, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, who stressed the importance of environmental institutions synergy among Western Balkan country in the function of sustainable development of the region. The welcoming remark of Mrs Cuci was followed with the welcoming remark of Mr Edvin Pacara, Programme Officer, environment, Climate and energy, at the Delegation of the European Union to Albania, who emphasized that the Green Agenda will allow Western Balkan countries to embark on the green transition at the same time and build capacities for an economy model based on green and circular economy principles.

In the following of welcoming remarks, the 1st session “Western Balkan Green Agenda – The new perspective of Green Economy in the Region” took the spotlight, with a panel of discussion composed of key stakeholders engaged in local and international level of green and environmental policy-making, such as representatives from CAN Europe, European Environmental Buro (EEB), WWF Adria, CEE Bankwatch, FORS Montenegro. During the first panel, the points that were addressed were – the opportunities and challenges of the EU-funded Green Agenda for the Western Balkan and the importance of acting collectively with joint efforts.

The 2nd session of the conference “Circular Economy – the business green shift, challenges and opportunities” was thoroughly focused on the profit sector, with a different narrative and context. At the beginning of this session, an overview of business models that applies Circular Economy principles to the country, followed by a panel of discussion with role-model cases, who integrate green principles into their business. The main outcomes that were discussed among the panellists were the advantages that their business have gained by integrating green principles, in terms of social, environmental and economic aspects.

The 3rd session of the conference “Sustainable Development at the local level – Governing with green economy principles” headed the discussion on the meaningful role that the local governance plays in promoting the green economy and which are the opportunities to enhance their role in this process. The panel of discussion was shared with key experts in the country. During the discussion, the points that were stressed by the panellists was the lack of capacities on H&R, infrastructures and policies (incentives)

The 2nd day of the regional conference was focused on the “Youth and CSOs engagement for the green shift in the Balkans”.

The 1st session of the second day “Environmental CSOs networking for a sustainable region” opened on the 2nd of the conference. The panel was composed of key national and regional environmental CSOs networks who shared their insights based on their experience on how the synergy among CSOs influence environmental policy-making and the promotion of green economic models. The panel also collectively emphasized the impact that coordinated actions could bring, by demonstrating it with different cases of their network portfolio.

In the following, the 2nd session “Youth networking for Green Economy in the Balkans” brought youth experts focused on sustainable development and green economy, youth workers and youth environmental activists involved in empowering youth of the region with green skills and knowledge. The panellists interacted and shared their perspective on youth involvement and role in promoting sustainable development.

And last but not at least, the conference was closed with the “Youth leading for sustainable development policies and actions” session, composed of Young European Ambassadors (YEA) from 5 different Western Balkan countries. In this session, YEA shared their vision for the Balkan in 2050 and they addressed their message to the decision-makers. Besides, in this session, other issues were elaborated, such as – the opportunities that Green Agenda offer to young people to turn environmental challenges into opportunities, the lack of environmental intergenerational decision-making and vision on long-term.
In the end, the conference was closed with closing remarks of Mrs Ermelinda Mahmutaj, Executive Director, EDEN Center.

The agenda of the regional conference can be found here and more information for the invited panellists can be found here

Watch the recorded videos of the online conference at the zoom platform through EDEN center facebook page

  1. 1st day, 27 May: (a) https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=296410982192829&ref=watch_permalink; (b) https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=312621110356336&ref=watch_permalink
  2. 2nd day, 28 Mayhttps://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=318229456335612&ref=watch_permalink

This activity came as part of the “Green Economy for an Advanced Region” project, funded by the European Union and implemented by FORS Montenegro in partnership with EDEN centre from Albania, SMART Kolektiv from Serbia, Centre for support and development from B&H, EKO Svest from Macedonia and Association Slap from Croatia.