Completed Projects

EYES on Vjosa – Engagement of Youth in the Ecotourism Sector on Vjosa valley

The development of the ecotourism is very important especially for a country with so many natural resources like Albania.

According to INSTAT in during 2019, entered Albania 6.1 million foreign tourists. The increase of the number of tourists is inevitably accompanied by an increase in the number of employees in the ecotourism sector. The improvement of tourist infrastructure and management, as well as its promotion will create preconditions for new job opportunities and income generation for local communities.

The Vjosa valley is one of the great potential areas for development of sustainable tourism based on environment and cultural values in Albania. The previous work of EcoAlbania and its international partner organizations has played a significant role on emphasizing the multidimensional values of the Vjosa.

Young people of the area urge for new job possibilities, while the potential for ecotourism in the area is high. They are currently lacking knowledge on how to make their living relying on ecotourism, experience/ training in providing services and tourism management practices.

In order to help young people, come out from unemployment EcoAlbania undertook the project EYES on Vjosa. Aiming to engage young people from peri-rural and rural areas of the Vjosa valley in trainings, practical activities and create new tourist infrastructure to use from the young people.

Overall objective:

To engage young people in the ecotourism activities in Albania.

Specific objectives:

  1. To provide to the youngsters of rural and peri-rural area of Tepelena new professional skills for working in the ecotourism sector;
  2. To give the good example of practical intervention towards set up facilities that enable the ecotourism development of the area

Project duration:  November 2021- December 2021

This project is implemented by EcoAlbania supported by the Small Grants Scheme provided by the project “Effective management of natural resources supporting the green economy for a sustainable development of Vjosa Valley-Zagori”.