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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Policy followers or Policymakers II

Policy followers or Policymakers II

Within the framework of the “Impact in Policy Making – Research Policy Program Applied in Public Policies” project, supported by Think Tank Fund (TTF) of the Open Society Institute (OSI)  in Budapest, 2 volumes of the book were published: Policy Followers or Policy Makers. Analysis and recommendations for territorial governance in Albania. You can download the full material here.

New Practices for Land Management in Albania

In frame of ‘Fostering partnerships for equitable cities – Capacity building for participatory spatial planning’ project, implemented jointly by Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development, and IHS – Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam, a new publication was launched, entitled ‘New Practices for Land Management in Albania’. Similarly to the project, which was funded by the Dutch Government under the MATRA program, the book aims to contribute to capacity building of public institutions and professionals alike, for a better governance. This publication, builds upon and furthers Co-PLAN’s continuous efforts for the implementation of the law ‘On Territorial Planning’. amended recently.