Regional Development and Environment

  • Protecting Albania's marine and coastal biodiversity

    The impact of climate change is seen in: rising sea levels, changing ecosystems in lagoons, increased frequency and intensity of floods, introduction of alien and invasive species from warmer regions, and a decrease in some marine and coastal populations of fish and invertebrates.

  • Coordination and monitoring of humanitarian mine action for UXO/ERW hotspots clearance

    Unexploded ordnance (UXO) and explosive remnants of war (ERW) contamination remain a widespread problem in Albania. Among the causes of such contamination are explosions at Ammunition Storage Sites (ASS) across the country during the civil unrest in 1997, unexploded remains of the WW II as well as former army ammunition demolition areas which need to be cleared of explosive remnants.

  • Identification and Implementation of Adaptation Response Measures in the Drini - Mati River Deltas

    The Drini-Mati River Deltas (DMRD) coastline and lowlands are approximately 25km long between the headlands of Shëngjini and Cape Rodonit. These two deltas form a contiguous wetland area of global significance. They comprise a suite of integrated habitats, including beaches, lagoons and saltmarshes, with high environmental and economic values

  • The Country Program of Albania under the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative

    The initial idea of the project came from the National Energy Strategy and the previous climate change studies such as the Albania’s First National Communication and Technology Needs Assessment, which do promote and recommend Solar Water Heating (SWH) as one of the promising technologies to reduce electricity and fuel wood consumption with a significant contribution towards greenhouse gas emission reduction

  • Third National Communication of Albania to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    Albania has ratified both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol with the status of a Non-Annex 1 Party.

  • Art Gold 2 Albania Programme

    Since Albania embarked in a process of real decentralization of power and local governance, around two decades ago, progress has been made in several aspects regarding the transfer of various competencies and assets to decentralised government bodies and building their governance capacities for managing their tasks, shared functions as well as promoting increased participation in decision-making.

  • Integrated Support to Decentralization

    Regional development gained Government attention mostly from 2006 onward.However, some attempts were marked in this regard in previous years. In 2006 and 2007 the Government made a significant step in introducing a Crosscutting Strategy for Regional Development (CSRD) as part of the Government’s overall National Strategy for Development and Integration (NSDI).

  • Support to Territorial and Administrative Reform

    The Government of Albania is committed to undertake a comprehensive administrative and territorial reform ahead of the local elections scheduled for mid-2015. The relatively high number and small size of most local government units in a country with a relatively small area coupled with concerns of efficiency and quality of service provision has increasingly been considered as a serious obstacle to local governance and development.


Albania continues to invest heavily in its physical infrastructure in order to integrate Albania with Europe and its neighbors and to provide for basic needs. UNDP partners with all levels of governance, especially regional and local, to ensure that capacities are in place for sustainable service delivery which heeds the carrying capacity of the environment and protects the natural resources of the country.

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Nora Kushti

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