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Vjosa Campaign – an inspiration for activism in Albania

Since its creation in December 2014, EcoAlbania has been the local partner for Albania at the MAWA funded project “Save the Blue Heart of Europe Campaign” that aims to protect the most valuable rivers in South East Europe from destruction by uncontrolled hydropower projects.

As well as partner at the project “Saving Europe’s last free flowing wild river – Vjosa/ Aoos that aims at raising the public awareness about Vjosa River, its ecological values and vulnerability and its protection of the river from HPP plans.

Due to the experience of this last 8 years EcoAlbania has implemented the “Give voice to river protection” project aimed to mobilize the local communities and the public pressure, promoting engagement with sustainable management of the rivers and to demonstrate the benefits from the protection of rivers.

In the same field EcoAlbania comes with follow up project the “Vjosa Campaign – an inspiration for activism in Albania” to share this experience with national and regional NGOs as a key role player on undertaking and running the campaigns for nature protection.

The project will aim to develop 2 booklets and 2 short videos for: Legal tools, and Media awareness raising tools for nature conservation, to be used by the NGOs while campaigning for the nature conservation. The development of such tools will be based on EcoAlbania’s experience with the campaign to protect the Vjosa River.

As the best visual tool to be used in order to attract and impress the targeted audience will be the development and sharing of the short documentary “Vjosa campaign story” as a reconstruction of the campaign actions up to the current state.

A series of forums in the Balkan neighbouring countries will be held to share this experience through the materials that will be produced. After the events they will be available for the NGOs at any time on EcoAlbania web page and social pages.

Objective 1

To further contribute and promote the “M1M2 – Ensuring integrated management of river basins related to Mediterranean Basin” OAP.

Objective 2

Mobilization of national and regional NGOs and adopt these tools to their work and actions for nature protection campaigns.

Project duration:  June 2021-June 2022