The Environmental Services Project, an initiative of the Albanian Government, co-financed by IBRD, Swedish Government and the Global Environment Facility, represent an overarching project that support the Ministry of Environment to implement the national strategy and its action plan, to develop institutional capacity in management and information systems as well as to empower beneficiaries of forest and pasture resources.
The capacity development of institutions consist on helping them to better manage forests and pastures in support of their economic empowering through a sustainable way of managing natural resources benefits from direct payments (at EU level/nationally).
When it comes to the discussion of designing policies and interventions that generate development in rural areas, endowed with natural resources, the question on how the generate welfare become very important. In this frame, the Gender Action Plan, as part of the Albania Environmental Services Project, will try to address the need to implement policies that do involve women equally as men in planning, implementing and evaluating processes, which contribute to their economic empowerment. This is planned to be achieved through different awareness raising and capacity building activities, as well as through women’s direct involvement in different participatory processes, very important for making them feeling stronger and raising their voices to properly address their needs. The Gender Action Plan (GAP) component of the Albania Environmental Services’ Project will be implemented by Advanced Studies Center – an Albanian NGOs specialized on analyzing and addressing different policies and plans from gender perspective. As requested from the Ministry of Environment, intervention will be focused in six districs, respectively in Puka, Tropoja, Shkodra, Lezha, Dibra and Bulqiza-Mat.
Overall output: Women and youths access to decision-making at local level (FPUA, federations, LGU) increased.
1.Awareness and capacities of women to better engage in decision making activities at rural areas.
2.Increased number of women members at the boards of FPUA with at least 30%, as reference the Law on Gender Equality and Organic Law.
3.Specific tools (manuals, data, statistics, sample models) to guide a better participation of community members at local decision-making processes drafted and piloted to be effective.
4.All statutes of FPUA revised from gender perspective.
5.Establish the communication channels to get information on calls funding on forestry/rural development.