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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Call for Expression of Interest for International Long-term Consultant!

Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development is seeking expressions of interest from qualified experts in Capacity Development on European Union matters. The services are required in the frame of the “Dialogue for inclusive evidence-based policy development in Albania” project, funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development (Tiranë) and the European Policy Center (Brussels). The deadline for the Expressions of Interest is May 30, 2020.

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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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Local Detailed Plans and Financial Instruments for Land Development

Local Detailed Plans and Financial Instruments for Land Development

Local territorial planning is a two-step process in Albania. The first step is the preparation of a General Local Territorial Plan (GLTP), by which a local government articulates a vision for its future and establishes policies for guiding its physical, economic, social, and cultural development to achieve that vision. The second step is the formulation of Local Detailed Plans (LDP) for areas identified for more intensive land use planning in

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Financial Instruments for Land Development

Financial Instruments for Land Development

Infrastructure is a pre-condition for most economic opportunities, a high quality of life, and sustainable patterns of urban development. According to the European Commission, the typical member nation of the European Union has seven times more kilometers of roads per 100.000 residents than Albania and more than three times more rail lines. Moreover, Albania invests only 25% of what is required to maintain current infrastructure. Political and fiscal decentralization, territorial reform, shifting demographics, and

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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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