Circular economy as new stimulus for Tirana Municipality

EDEN center has finalized, January 2020, the 10 months project  “Bringing circular economy out of shade – a brand attitude for active society”. The project aimed in Increasing the understanding and critical thinking on circular economy through practical approaches of models in cities daily life.
Several activities were implemented for achieving the aim of this project. A two days workshop (June 2019) on the topic of circular economy. The workshop was attended by NGOs and business (around 35 participants). The main result of this workshop was the development of 4 main ideas based on the concept of circular economy, and the best one was selected to be implemented by local NGOs in Shkodra and Berat .

The local actions “The youth and the circular economy”, were a success for the project and the local organizations and the participants wereHarta e Ekonomise qarkulluese ne Qytetetin e Tiranes EDEN enthusiastic on the topic and the possibility given for being integrated in this topic. In local level were organized sessions for informing the youth on the topic on circular economy, were given the first tips on how it can be possible, that as well the young can create parts of circular economy and at the end concrete products were created with unused material. The local organization "For Social and Environmental Welfare", Berat, "Albanian Alps Alliance", Shkodra, and the local business in Berat “Teuta Design” were the crucial point of these activities , they supported in creating new products based on the old one, so there is no waste, the raw material is secured from the old materials, environment is protecting and development is provided. The action was repeated in Tirana, and an open forum discussion was organized at "Skanderbeg square", were the public was informed and was invited for sharing their attitude for circular economy but taking in consideration the topic of climate change. From the three cities what was perceived both from organizers and participants is: “The topic is very interesting, the people want to know more for the topic, and there is a need for organizing such activities again and replicating them in other cities”.

Circular economy is a new system, in this way after the open lessons for circular economy that EDEN center gave in two faculties in Tirana, FacultyTirane v1 of Natural Resources and Civic engineering, and with EDEN center activists, a group of 20 youngsters was created and they  mapped the business in Tirana that have potential for circular economy. In total 27 businesses were identified and mapped. This makes more clear how it is the development of business for this system, the business were dealing with construction, with textile, with furniture etc. The youngsters to spread more their message created a video "Exploring Circular economy in Tirana", where it is easier to visualize their work in field and the business. The project didn’t stopped here, for strengthening the importance of circular economy topic, the youngsters supported by EDEN center developed a letter with the main results of the mapping of potential of circular economy in Tirana, with suggestion for the Council of Tirana and a meeting with the Youth and Employement Commision within Tirana Municipality was organised on 03.02.2020. The commison expressed its willingness to follow up this letter and to deliver its sugestions at the next Tirana Council meeting. We aim that the stimulus we gave to the municipality can be further continued; municipality can prioritize its work related to circular economy, as it is connected, with sustainable development, human health, protection of environment etc.

We thank all the organizations, the citizens and the bussines involved in this project. Special thanks goes to the youngest that made the video and the mapping in Tirana for the bussines for circular economy.

In the frame of the project “Bringing circular economy out of shade – a brand attitude for active society” through Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development, in the frame of the project En.Net financially supported from the European Union


Intervistë për sistemin e pastrimit kimik në Tiranë

Qendra EDEN në bashkëpunim me studentë të Institutit Politeknik të Worçesterit, SHBA,  po zhvillon një studim për sistemin e pastrimit kimik në How does dry cleaners workTiranë. Qëllimi i këtij studimi është të identifikojë alternativat në të mira të mundshme të praktikave të menaxhimit të mbetjeve të bizneseve të pastrimit kimik në Tiranë, në mënyrë që të zvogëlojë ndikimin e tyre tek punëtorët e pastrimit kimik, në mjedis dhe në publik.

Studimi bazohet dhe në zhvillimin e intervistave online. Nëpërmjet intervistës synohet të mblidhet informacion për praktikat e banorëve të Tiranës në lidhje me pastrimin kimik.

Përgjigjet tuaja të vlefshme do të shërbejnë në hartimin e raportit përfundimtar në kuadër të këtij studimi i cili do të jetë publik në përfundimin e tij. Intervista është konfidenciale.

 Për të dhënë kontributin tuaj online ju lutem plotësoni intervistën duke klikuar në këtë link


International lead poisoning!

1Lead poisoning is preventable, yet the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (1) has estimated that in 2017 lead exposure accounted for 1.06 million deaths and 24.4 million years lost to disability and death due to long-term health effects, with the highest burden in developing regions. Of particular concern is the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children.
Even though there is wide recognition of the harmful effects of lead and many countries have taken action, exposure to lead, particularly in childhood, remains of key concern to health care providers and public health officials worldwide.
An important source of domestic lead exposure, particularly in children, is paint containing high levels of lead. These paints are still widely available and used in many countries for decorative purposes, although good alternatives without added lead are available.

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Training session for Sub grantees on managing grants!

72102640 914027552308787 1648452063597690880 nOn 19th of September EDEN centre in frame of GEAR project, Project activity Develop and Publish Call for Proposals for projects of CSOs and organise awarding and implementation of projects by CSOs, organized a training session with CSOs sub grantees of the sub granting program for raising capacities of CSOs in Albania.
There were 6 CSO winner of this sub granting program, which is focused in different cities of Albania. In total were present 13 participants. From each CSOs were present the project director, project coordinator and the financial officer.
The training session took place in the premises of the Europe House in Tirana. The training session was conducted by grant manager Ms. Albana Joxhe and the Financial Officer Ms. Reirta Fero.
The main objective of the training session was to provide to CSOs recommendations on project implementation, procurements, contractual procedures, communication among the contracting party and Contracting Authority, visibility and reporting requirements.
The main expected results of the training session were:
 6 representatives of local Albania CSOs were informed about their project implementation
 Coordinators and financial officers were informed about rules reporting, expenses, bills, etc
 CSOs were given recommendations on how to implement in a good way and in line with EU rules their project proposals
 CSOs understand how they can be flexible in communication, visibility, reporting through them and contracting authority

In general the impression from the sub grantees was welcoming and they were intensively involved in the discussion among each other. Many questions were raised up regarding the language of the documents and the visibility of the activities.
This activity is financial supported by European Commission.