The natural landscape and biodiversity are considered to be major assets of Albania. The country relies on the future benefits from increased tourism similar to other Balkan states. However, this is seriously hindered by the present state of environment, putting increasing risk that mass tourism endangers cities, coasts and mountains areas.

The objective of the project was to support the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Water Administration to implement a National Monitoring Program through the expansion and consolidation of an operational Integrated Environmental Monitoring System (IEMS), capable of using environmental standards and EU directives as a general reference framework.

The ministry was responsible of the overall implementation of the project. The bulk of the technical assistance was directed at supporting the Environment and Forest Agency and related laboratories under the EIMS architecture.

Client: EU Delegation to Albania
Location: Albania
Period: 09/2010-12/2013