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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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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Decentralisation and Local Economic Development in Albania

Decentralisation and Local Economic Development in Albania

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, I, 2019, 53-68 Merita Toska, Anila Bejko (Gjika) Summary Local governance in Albania has been the subject of several reforms over the last few years. The consolidation of local self-government units into 61 municipalities through the administrative and territorial reform was accompanied by the approval of a new law on local self-government, a new strategy for decentralization, and the devolution of

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Territorial Governance through Spatial Planning in Albania and Kosovo

Territorial Governance through Spatial Planning in Albania and Kosovo

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, I, 2019, 42-53 Ledio Allkja Summary Albania and Kosovo have taken various initiatives over the last decade with the aim of reforming territorial governance and their spatial planning systems. The territorial development trends of both countries have shown great similarities over the last 20 years. The aim of the paper is to compare the evolution of territorial governance and spatial planning

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Strengthening Cooperation for Spatial Planning – A Case Study on Participatory Planning in Albania

Strengthening Cooperation for Spatial Planning – A Case Study on Participatory Planning in Albania

Annual Review of Territorial Governance in the Western Balkans, I, 2019, 27-41 Fiona Imami, Kejt Dhrami Summary The Albanian context still faces challenges on promoting participatory democracy in decision-making in all governmental levels. The increased activity in territorial planning over the last years, evidenced from the changes in legislation and preparation of plans at national and local level, has brought to discussion the challenges of establishing and reinforcing cooperation and

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