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Lakes of Albania: promotion of sustainable and responsible tourism models for the inclusive development of communities




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 2,460,760
€ 1,476,456


The action intends to promote innovative models of sustainable and responsible tourism in the areas related to the two main lakes of Albania - Lake Shkoder and Lake Pogradec/Ohrid - as opposed to models of invasive tourism and development in strong expansion throughout the Albanian territory, in order to contribute to an inclusive economic growth of Albania. The proposal is based on a robust analysis of the needs of the two target areas. This analysis is based on the extensive experience and lessons learned by the two CSOs members of the ATS in previous projects, as well as from the collection of primary information and data, through the implementation of a Pre-Feasibility Study conducted between February and March 2021, which of a secondary type, by analyzing the literature and studies already present on the subject. Based on this analysis, the main needs that emerged are: i) the low participation of the population in the governance and management mechanisms of the territory, due to the absence of inclusiveness mechanisms in public decisions-making; ii) the poor enhancement of the natural, cultural and identity heritage, linked to a basic tourism offer and unable to release the actual potential of the community; iii) the extreme fragmentation of local actors and stakeholders, lacking platforms and mechanisms capable of systematizing the contribution of the various social groups. On the basis of the problems highlighted, the project intends to adopt an integrated and multi-sectoral intervention methodology, which is able to combine the following themes in a synergical way, aimed at preparing the basis for the development of an efficient model of sustainable and responsible tourism: a) inclusive governance, based on the European Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) approach; b) community activation and mobilization, based on the principles of co-design and community-based approaches; c) inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship (from an economic, social and environmental point of view). In addition, the action will focus its attention on some cross-cutting issues, such as: youth and women employment, integrated promotion of the territory, connectivity at European and international level (with a view to European integration). The main target groups of the initiative are: the communities living in the areas related to the lakes, the active and emerging tourist operators, the Municipalities of Shkoder, Malesi and Madhe and Pogradec. The indirect beneficiaries are: the rest of the population of the target areas, the users of the enhanced tourist services. The three-year project aims to achieve the aforementioned objective by improving the skills of local actors and the tourism ecosystem of the two target areas. To pursue such an end, the action aims to achieve the following expected results: ? the governance of the two target areas is strengthened in terms of inclusiveness, sustainability and connectivity with other European and international environments (R1). The project will include actions aimed at raising awareness and supporting local, public and private actors, through adequate tools and transfer of know-how, for the implementation of participatory and shared management mechanisms of the territory. By investing in the strengthening of the so-called Participatory Management Groups and in the training of local young people as local development agents, the project intends to provide local actors with the tools to become real actors of change; ? the ownership of communities in the design of interventions to support the sustainable and responsible tourism sector is enhanced (R2). read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 2,460,760 € 1,476,456


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code
National NGO COSV - Coordinamento delle Organizzazioni per il Servizio Volontario 22000

Project data

  • IATI IdentifierXM-DAC-6-4-012590-02-1
  • CRS Activity identifier2022000260
  • AID012590/02/1
  • Planned start 2022/06/15
  • Planned End 2025/06/14
  • Actual start 2022/07/29
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 15150 - Democratic participation and civil society 20.0%
  • 15170 - Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions 5.0%
  • 25030 - Business development services 20.0%
  • 33210 - Tourism policy and administrative management 20.0%
  • 41030 - Biodiversity 5.0%
  • 41040 - Site preservation 5.0%
  • 41081 - Environmental education/training 5.0%
  • 43040 - Rural development 20.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) not targeted
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition not targeted
  • Aid to Environment not targeted
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 11.3 - By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
  • 11.4 - Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
  • 8.9 - By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products