Community-based Sustainable Forest Management

Education & Capacity Building Forests & Biodiversity

Re-cultivation of community forests, know-how transfer and improved vocational education

Project Facts

Regions of Shkodra and Ana e Malit

Project Volume
500.000-1 Mio. EUR

Applied Financing Solutions
Grants, Public-Private Partnership

Project Dates
Start: 2018 | End: 2024
In operation since/from: 2019

The Story

Between 2016 and 2018, Albania – being heavily affected by deforestation – realized a land reform through which 80% of the land categorized as “Forest and Pastures” was transferred to Local Government Units. This was done in order to increase the responsibility and involvement of local communities in natural resources’ planning and ma­nagement.

An ODA-supported project by the Austrian company Lenzing, an international producer of cellulose fibers with 120 years of experience in the fields of wood processing and sourcing, adds to this by empowering the communities in the rural regions of Shkodra and Ana e Malit through trainings and learning by example.

The 5-year project comprises several different measures: To establish a best practice forestry example, 20 ha of degraded community-managed land are re-cultivated with forest and fruit trees by the local community itself and by pupils of a local forestry school. Modular training courses on forestry know-how are provided by Austrian experts and Lenzing employees. In addition, teaching and learning equipment at the local forestry high school is modernized and teachers receive additional trainings. Finally, also a nation-wide PR campaign will be realized to raise awareness for the challenges of deforestation in rural Albania.

Success Factor | Hero Moment

The distinctive feature of this project is its combination of different cooperative measures to increase local experti­se and awareness through active training, improvement of educational facilities and a hands-on demonstration project. Its decisive success factor is a well-balanced coordination within the multi-stakeholder framework of government units, local NGOs and community associations, Austrian bu­siness experts as well as Austrian and Albanian schools.

Lenzing AG, Austria

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ADA, Consulting, Resilience, Awareness Raising

Terminated Emissions
7.000 tons CO2e per year

Comparable to the annual CO2 absorption of
56.000 trees

Hard Facts
622 people are benefitting directly