Tourism in Transition: The post COVID-19 Aftermath in the Western Balkans

Tourism in Transition: The post COVID-19 Aftermath in the Western Balkans

Amidst the numerous effects of COVID 19, the impact on some of the economic sectors, such as tourism has been overwhelming. This has raised questions on the future of this sector, and highlighted the need for a more resilient approach to planning and development. Through our second paper of the Co-PLAN Resilience Series, ’Tourism in Transition, the post COVID-19 Aftermath in the Western Balkans’ we try to make a case for

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Building Resilience for Local Governments in Albania: Legal and Institutional Challenges

Building Resilience for Local Governments in Albania: Legal and Institutional Challenges

Uncertainty from natural hazards and disaster risks is high in Albania. Located in the western part of the Balkan, Albania has faced over the years several disaster events and the future, especially in the light of climate change, does not hold any positive news. Multiple hazards are present over the territory and extend beyond the administrative boundaries, revealing the need for an integrated local – to national – to regional

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Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans

Journal of Western Balkan Network on Territorial Governance (TG-WeB) Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans is a periodical publication with select policy briefs on matters related to territorial governance, sketching the present situation, the Europeanisation process, the policy and the research and development agenda for the near future. The publication targets policy-makers and policy-influencing actors. Cooperate on Territorial Governance to Address Major Development Challenges in Europe Kai

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Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning

Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning

Territorial Governance and Development constitutes one of the core expertise units in Co-PLAN. Since 1995, Co-PLAN has worked with communities and government institutions to address urban development issues. Co-PLAN was established as a grassroots organization, working to increase quality of life in the neighborhoods of Albania’s cities and towns. Since then, it has gradually developed into a professional civil society organization aiming at bringing together various stakeholders, while simultaneously providing

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Decentralization and Local Regional Development

Decentralization and Local Regional Development

The Decentralization and Local Regional Development Unit was shaped as a new thematic unit in Co-PLAN’s agenda in the early 2000s, and today it constitutes one of the core expertise units of the organization. For many years Co-PLAN has supported local governments, NGOs, and business communities in addressing urban development issues through the preparation of territorial development strategies, urban regulatory plans, detailed local plans, and other guiding documents. The advancement

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Environmental Management and Planning

Environmental Management and Planning

The Environmental Management and Planning Unit built on Co-PLAN’s sensitivity towards the irreversible impact of rapid urban development on the environment. Constant contribution and works within the habitat development framework, conducted by Co-PLAN, have always taken under consideration crucial elements in regard to sustainable development of the ecosystem. We consider Environmental Management and Planning as a crisscross dimension for each of the projects we commit and deliver. Upgrading services delivery

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Research and Policy Influencing

Research and Policy Influencing

By working closely with stakeholders and generating knowledge useful to public institutions and communities, Co-PLAN has developed and adopted a number of governance tools. Such instruments have been rigorously developed by assembling knowledge of local contexts and on this basis modifying good governance methodologies for operationalization in the Albanian context. Apart from genuine participatory and bottom-up approaches to problem solving, Co-PLAN has dedicated substantial efforts to research that generates the

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Proposal on the Designation of Development Regions of Albania

The experience of the Government of Albania (since at least 2007) with regional development policy-making processes is currently approaching a climax, where there is political and institutional understanding and agreement that there should be a merge between the Albanian RD domestic policy/intentions and the EU cohesion/RD policy requirements and obligations. The Government has set the appropriate context for this merge to happen gradually, through the implementation of the Regional Management

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