REC organises joint ENVSEC national workshop and expert meeting in Albania
Nov 20, 2014
The REC team carried out a joint event titled ‘National workshop addressing climate security risks in Albania’ and ‘Expert meeting and discussion of the background paper Study on Ecological Networks of the Mountainous Region of the Dinaric Arc’ on November 20, 2014 in Tirana, Albania. This important climate-related event took place within the Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative. Climate change is one of the initiative’s four main topics of focus. A generous contribution from the Austrian Development Agency helped to finance the workshop segment.
The event took place just one day after severe flooding struck a number of Albanian prefectures, namely Berat, Elbasan, Fier, Lezhe and Tirana. Workshop participants acknowledged the increased frequency of flash floods in their countries as a climate security threat, and expressed feelings of solidarity with flood victims and their families.
National and international experts also discussed Albania’s EU integration process. The country recently became a candidate for EU membership and is in the process of trying to meet a number of EU climate criteria. Findings included in the upcoming Third National Communication to the UNFCCC pertain to: security hotspots in Albania from sectoral and ecosystemic points of view, a number of adaptation and security measures, good implementation practices, and cooperation of national stakeholders with international agencies on the climate issues.
Two special sessions were organised during the workshop: the first session on climate and security included training elements and a mapping exercise; the second session provided a platform for discussing the role of environmental networks as regional adaptation tools.
Further information about this event is available in the links below:
- Documentary (produced by WHO and Grouping Ekolevizja, 2013) Part 1, Part 2
- Extract of the background paper “Study on ecological networks’ (Albania)
- Questionnaire on climate change adaptation measures
- Full summary report of the event, results of the questionnaire and plenary discussion