Educational Capacity Strengthening for Risk Managment of Non-native Aquatic Species in Western Balkans - RiskMan

ALBANIAN CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

ALBANIAN CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Albanian Center for Environmental Proteciton and Suistainable Development

Partner Description: The general mission of this Albanian Center (ACEPSD) is represented by finding solutions for biodiversity conservation and harmonizing the life protection to the sustainable socio-economic development of the Albanian rural and urban communities.

Goals:

1. Minimizing and reducing the effects of industrialization in rivers, lakes, lagoons and seas (like hydrocarbon, marine and river litters etc.)

2. Protecting the endangered species in rivers, lakes and seas (fish, mammals, reptiles etc.) and pushing the aquaculture and fisheries activities on the sustainable direction.

3. Strengthening the protection of the endangered habitats by building partnerships with local and governmental authorities, and international organizations, sensitizing the nearby present communities and strict monitoring of protected areas on land and seas.

4. Boosting the economic and social development in rural and urban areas through the implementation of initiatives related to vocational training, environment protection, small scale agriculture, artisanal fisheries and sustainable aquaculture in a healthy environment.

5. Supporting the scientific research on important environmental issues, which are related to climatic changes, agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and environmental sciences.

Role in The Project: As a Partner Country Institution, the role of ACEPSD on RiskMan Project will be to collaborate with the other Partner and Programme organizations toward the implementation of the Project. Specifically, ACEPSD will lead WP2 (Preparation- Identify the current status of NN species in Western Balkan) assisted by AUT and ALB-ADRIATICO. ACEPSD will also have a crucial role in the organization of the workshop and meetings with related stakeholders (fishers, aquaculture employees, representatives of public and private institutions) in Albania for discussion and communication of the findings and possible development of actions which would result in enhancement of the state; and dissemination of the Project results.