TIRANA, August 27
The Institute for Nature Conservation in Albania (INCA) invites all of the interested local inhabitants regarding the projects for the preservation of the Buna River-Velipoja Protected Landscape. The official announcement made on the website of INCA, on Wednesday, August 21st, says that the partners of the project ‘Living Buna’, have made a call for proposals for the locals who live in this protected area, to submit their ideas for the funding of the projects that will be useful for the socio-economic development and the restoration of the eco-system of this area. The main purpose of this announcement is to contribute to the long-term preservation of the species and habitats in this protected area, implementing concrete actions on the terrain.
The ideas should relate to one or several priorities identified as below:
1. The restoration of the coastal habitats (the possible activities may include the forestation of the woods near the rivers, degraded or fragmented, restoration of the dune areas or other habitats with importance or the inventory of the rich areas and coastal habitats and jeopardized of bio-diversity).
2. The stimulating agro-environmental schemes (they could be concentrated in the friendly containers with the environment for the organic fertilizers, the protection of the habitats within the agricultural land, the improvement of the watering system, the cultivation and the sustainable harvesting of local medicinal plants, the improvement of the quality of water or the educating activities).
3. The sustainable tourism and the development of the infrastructure (projects could propose the development of the eco-friendly schemes for walking, promotion of the habitats and the most important species of the area, development of the sustainable offers of eco-tourism, improvement of the management of the waste, or the educating activities, among others) and
4. The sustainable fishing (possible activities could include the creation of the eco-friendly fishing farms, the support of the sustainable objects for the cultivation of fishes or traditional activities and eco-friendly fishing).
How long should the projects last?
Projects should last for a period of a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 8 months, and possibly to include the local communities and to aim the preservation of the ecological and cultural values of Buna River-Velipoja Protected Landscape, enabling the sustainable usage of the services of the eco-systems.
Who can apply?
The non-governmental organizations, the organizations of the civil society, university and local communities that function in or around the area of Buna River-Velipoja Protected Landscape, which is included in the Shkodra City Hall, in the north-west of Albania. The registered organizations outside this protected area could apply only in coalition with the locals.
How long is the call for proposals?
The call is open from 21 August-23 September 2019 (14.30 CET)
How can you apply?
Propositions could be submitted either:
1. Via electronically at the address of INCA: [email protected],
2. In printed version at the Administration of Protected Areas of Shkodra (former institute of corn and rice, neighborhood Dobrac, Highway Shkoder-Hani i Hotit, Shkoder)
If you are interested to apply, please visit the website of Living Buna at http://livingbuna.org/en/news/action-for-buna—call-for-proposals-, INCA at https://inca-al.org/sq/item/809-aksioni-per-bunen-thirrje-per-propozime and National Agency of Protected Areas (NAPA) at http://akzm.gov.al/njoftime. There you will find all the necessary information and documentation, including the acceptance criteria for application. To facilitate the process and to encourage the local community to apply, the partners of Living Buna will organize a series of meetings in municipal units of Rrethina, Ana e Malit, Dajc, Velipojë, Berdice, Bushat, Balldren i Ri, and Shëngjin, and the venues of the meetings will be published as soon as they are set.
P.S. IUCN, PAP/RAC, GWP-Med, Tour du Valat, and INCA, in collaboration with RAPA and NAPA Shkoder, is promoting the small grants, as a part of the project Living Buna, financed by the MAVA Foundation.
Photo Credit/Genti Qirjazi