The Response of Local Governments during the Covid-19 Emergency in Albania: January 2020 – April 2020

The Response of Local Governments during the Covid-19 Emergency in Albania: January 2020 – April 2020

Following the series of thematic studies we have shared during this period of uncertainties relating to COVID-19, Co-PLAN, the Institute for Habitat Development in cooperation with the Association of Local Autonomy, are pleased to share the study ‘The Response of Local Governments during the Covid-19 Emergency in Albania: January 2020 – April 2020”. This study builds on a questionnaire addressed to all municipalities in the country during April, to gather

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Status Report on Local Public Finances 2019

Status Report on Local Public Finances 2019

Continuous local public finances monitoring is an important step in assessing local government financial capacities functional to the exercising of functions and competence provided for in Law No. 139/2015 “On local self-government”. In addition, a better understanding of the relation between competences and available financial resources, informs the development of effective and efficient local government policy, facilitates dialog between government tiers, informs borrowing capacities, improves accountability, transparency and community trust

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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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Resilience, Uncertainty, and Adaptive Planning

Resilience, Uncertainty, and Adaptive Planning

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, I, 2019, 120-128 Simin Davoudi Summary In October 2018, the world received another stark warning from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change whose latest report stated that we only have 12 years to keep the increase in the global mean temperature to 1.5°C relative to pre-industrial levels; that every fraction of additional warming would worsen the impact of climate change on

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Decarbonisation of the Public Transport Sector in Tirana

Decarbonisation of the Public Transport Sector in Tirana

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, I, 2019, 107-119 Rodion Gjoka, Gerti Delli Summary The transport sector is one of the main contributors of air pollution, accounting for 25% of gas emissions in the European Union (EU). In Tirana, Albania, the transport sector plays a big role in pollution concentrations, affecting public health. Compared to other countries, the heavy industry and energy sectors in Albania are barely

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Measuring the Performance of SMEs for Evidence – Informed Economic Development Policies in Albania

Measuring the Performance of SMEs for Evidence – Informed Economic Development Policies in Albania

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, I, 2019, 98-106 Godiva Rëmbeci Summary Without any doubt, Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) represent a driving force in economic development today. SMEs by the numbers dominate the world business stage, although their contribution varies among countries. In Albania, SMEs represents about 98% of total companies with a significant contribution of about 70% to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The

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Consolidation of Agricultural Land, A Case from Albania

Consolidation of Agricultural Land, A Case from Albania

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, I, 2019, 86-97 Sherif Lushaj, Luiza Strati, Vezir Muharremaj Summary Since 1990, after privatization of farmland, fragmentation – division of land in small farmable parcels dispersed on non-contiguous areas – continues to be one of the major factors that hamper sustainable development of agriculture in Albania. The ‘Consolidation of Agricultural Land as an Instrument for Sustainable Development of Agriculture’ Project was

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Tourism Governance in Albania: An Assessment of the Policy Framework for the Tourism Sector in Albania

Tourism Governance in Albania: An Assessment of the Policy Framework for the Tourism Sector in Albania

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, I, 2019, 69-85 Aida Ciro Summary For several years, tourism in Albania was driven primarily by enthusiasm; (a) the enthusiasm of foreigners witnessing a piece of communist memorabilia amidst a beautiful, intact history and natural landscape; (b) the enthusiasm of locals, able to finally perceive the dimensions and values of their own country as free citizens; and (c) the daring enthusiasm

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