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Monday, February 3, 2014
FIRST WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES IN SHEBENIK-JABLLANICA NP
PPNEA within the frame of the IPA EU funded project "Enhancing transboundary protection and development of the Jablanica-Shebenik mountain range by active local involvement” organised, on 31 January 2014, the first workshop on best practices of sustainable resource use for the region of Shebenik-Jabllanica.
The meeting took place in the town of Librazhd with local stakeholders and main actors in issues of natural resource use and sustainability. It was the first workshop of a series of three that will help to raise capacities among local stakeholders in integrating sustainable practices within the region and it fulfills part of Activity 2 in the project.
The workshop was attended by a selected group of local stakeholders, including local non-profit organisations, forestry service, rural life representatives and local government representatives (see List of Participants below). These people, will form the core of capacity building element within the predicted series of workshops.
The workshop was organised by PPNEA with help and facilitation by the international partner, EuroNatur. The purpose and work-plan were previously prepared in close discussion among all project partners, PPNEA, MES & EuroNatur.
The main purpose of this first workshop was to bring up the extraordinary natural values of Shebenik-Jabllanica region and to pinpoint traditional activities that have been used in the area and have a clear connection to sustainability. The participants were divided in four working groups, concentrated in four major themes that had been previously defined within Activity 1 of the project, namely:
1. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (Fatmir Brazhda – Group speaker, Hajdar Cekani, Ardit Kullafi, Shpetim Cura, Gordana Karaj, Xhevit Borici)
2. Stopping illegal hunting and promoting wildlife tourism (Eriola Katiaj – Group speaker, Enver Koci, Veri Bicaku, Gani Brazhda, Arif Tamizi, Murat Laska)
3. Forest management issues (Bajram Kullolli – Group speaker, Lindita Kokonozi, Lavdim Qoshi, Mitat Bicaku, Leonard Loshi, Xhek Nezho, Hekuran Mema)
4. Local products (related to eco-tourism potential) (Liri Leka – Group speaker, Eduart Allkja, Ruzhdi Borici, Veli Hoxha, Sefer Skura, Valbona Balla, Hysni Hoxha)
The main outcomes of each group discussion was summarized and then reported back by one group representative. As an overall conclusion from the group discussion was that the area had the potential to fully integrate sustainable practices in daily rural life as local traditions and rules facilitate this. These results will form the basis of the next workshop, which will focus on best practices of sustainable resource use from an international perspective.
This project is funded by European Union
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