Project Description

Project Description

The craft sector is well known for the value that is offering. Korca women are preserving the handicrafts tradition as part of their life.

They produced these products for commercial sales. Throughout the Communist era, peasant life and culture was glorified and revered, and folk art was produced for captive markets throughout Albania and abroad. However, when the Communist system was ended, so was the structure of the craft market.

The fragile Albanian economy was unable to absorb the output of Korca producers, and those producers had not the abilities to survive in the free market.

Korca women artisans’ tradition includes weaving and embroidery. The women could be competitive if they are innovative, offering unique and quality products according to the market request. 

DMO has assisted last two years the craft sector, for adapting of their products according to the tourism market needs.

This assistance was based on the market study done every year by DMO.  It is important also to be mentioned the challenges including retaining jobs in a shifting job market, from manufacturing to a service economy.

Through this one year project October 2012 -September 2013 , DMO in close cooperation with the Municipality of Korca and other local community groups aimed to:

“Create opportunities for a lasting source of income for Roma women and contribute to the protection of environment”

 The project focused on the capacity building, information on the human rights, and skills development for Roma artisans’ women. They have information on how to run their own business, being economically independent. Through the promotion of handicrafts, with assurances that they meet the requirements of quality it was established relationship with the tourist market. Improve access to marketing services and coordinate the activities and functioning of artisans centre in Korca.

The “Happy Crafting” project  contributed on the following objectives:

1.Creation of a support system for representatives of the artisan industry to ensure development and support for the creative abilities of artisans in Korca region developing an efficient model for well-functioning of the Artisans’ Center.

2. Empowermen of 20 Roma women economically and educationally to enable them fighting against violence and participate in business activities through capacity building, information and awareness activities.

3. Raise the awareness of 5800 people on Roma women abilities and their creativity as part of regional tradition through participation in national fairs, local and regional workshops,      e-marketing, etc.

4. Promotion of artisanal products under the label of products “Korca Artisan”, focusing on the promotion of crafts as souvenirs (and not only), with assurances that they meet the requirements of quality so as to ensure a lasting relationship with the market.

The goal of the project was to create opportunities for a lasting source of income for women and contribute to the protection of environment.

The objectives were to be achieved through business raining, new product development, and the creation with tourism market links.

Praktika Inovative per Mbrojtjen e Mjedisit

Praktika Inovative per Ambjentin

IPA Component: IPA 2, Cross border cooperation: Republic of North Macedonia – Republic of Albania

Project duration: 24 months

Start date of the project: 15.11.2019

End date of the project: 14.11.2021

Total Budget: 590,213.00 €

Lead applicant and co-applicants:

Association Center for Civic Initiative (CCI)

Destination Management Organization (DMO)

Municipality of Mogila

Municipality of Maliq  

Context/background: The action is developed to take place in the cross-border region targeting Pelagonija region and Korca region, in particular Municipality of Mogila and Municipality of Maliq, having cross-border impact on public infrastructure vulnerable to floods. Both of the countries, and in particular the regions of Pelagonija and Korca are exposed to various types of natural hazards, including earthquakes, wild fires, floods, droughts, extreme temperatures, landslides. Earthquakes pose largest risk in terms of consequences – damages and human losses. Wildfires are a most frequent risk, and floods are on the rise in terms of frequency and intensity.

The number and intensity of floods in the countries/regions are rising. Usual period for their appearances is in the colder part of the year (November – January). Most of the floods are caused by the overflow of the major rivers.

The targeted countries river basins are facing increased spatial and temporal variability of water resources which is among the key natural factors increasing the flooding risk, besides topographic and land characteristics, and a relatively dense hydro graphic network in the most affected regions. In addition, the changes in the land-use/land cover structure are further modifying hydrological regimes, increasing the risk of extreme hydrological events.

Additionally, the local authorities as partners of the action will enable local ownership of the action, as they will participate in the development of the flood mitigation measures and further maintenance of the developed infrastructure after the finishing of the project. 

Abstract (short project summary):The activities in the project have been developed as to address all the needs and constraints of the target groups, initially the process of improvement of the public infrastructure will address the need of the local authorities to implement their responsibilities for the construction and maintenance of secondary and tertiary irrigation and drainage networks. At the same time through the development of the digital platform the local authorities and all relevant stakeholders will improve the system for early warning enabling timely protection from floods or other natural disasters.  The systems for protection of the agricultural lands and livelihoods will be supported by the development of joint risk management measures having impact on all of the inhabitants in the area, where all the target groups will be included in the development of the joint risk management measures. With the awareness rising of the agro producers for flood management we will have impact on the total population in the targeted areas and in particular the 12000 agro producers will be directly reached by the awareness rising activities giving the specific knowledge to the population and agro producers for inclusion in the protection and prevention measures implementation.

Final beneficiary: 70 000 general population of Municipality of Mogila and Maliq

Action location/s: Municipality of Mogila and Municipality of Maliq

Objectives: strengthen resilience and disaster risk preparedness and prevention of floods for protection of the environment 

Specific objectives:

  1. To improve the public infrastructure vulnerable to floods as to ensure protection of agricultural lands and livelihoods.
  2. Local authorities capable to strengthen participatory preparedness and resilience capacities in building of cross – border cooperation for floods prevention and mitigation.
  3. To increase the awareness of the agro producers for the importance of flood management in the protection of the environment, agricultural lands and livelihoods.

Activities:

Coordination, management and visibility
Coordination meetings, website, kick off and close out conference

Public Infrastructure

1.1 Building of drainage canals in Municipality of Mogila and Municipality of Maliq;
1.2 Establishment of digital platform for early warning of floods.

Cross border cooperation for floods protection and management

2.1. Preparation of local action plans for risk management and flood protection and management;
2.2. Strengthening of the capacities of the flood management sectors in terms of cooperation, planning and management of the flood mitigation measures;
2.3. Establishment of cross border partnership for exchange of experiences and development of joint risk management measures.

Awareness rising of the agro producers for flood management

3.1 Specialised trainings for flood management for the agro producers;
3.2 Community forums for inclusion of the community in the flood prevention and management;
3.3 Exchange of experiences between the agro produces from both municipalities.

Impact/Output/Result: Impact: Strengthen resilience and disaster risk preparedness and prevention of floods for protection of the environment. 

1)  The process of improvement of the public infrastructure as to ensure the protection of agricultural lands and livelihoods where we will have impact on 252,2 km2 in Mogila municipality targeting 6710 inhabitants and 34 km2 in Maliq Municipality targeting 62666 inhabitants. We will have as outcome (R1) Public infrastructure vulnerable to floods has been improved as to ensure protection of agricultural lands and livelihoods where total agricultural area protected from floods – 50000 ha and 12000 of agro producers ready to use the digital platform for early warning for floods. This will produce the following outputs: construction of drainage canals in both of the municipalities in length of 6 km, and developed 2 digital platforms for early warning of floods and weather changes.

2)  The systems for protection of the agricultural lands and livelihoods will be supported by the development of joint risk management measures having impact on all of the inhabitants in the area with the outcome (R2): Local authorities have developed joint risk management measures for protection of floods in the region having the following outputs: 2 local action plans developed and operationalized and 1 joint risk management plan in the cross border area included in the routine of relevant bodies.

3)  With the awareness rising of the agro producers for flood management we will have impact on the total population in the targeted areas and in particular the 12000 agro producers will be directly reached by the awareness rising activities having as outcome: R3 – The agro producers are aware and ready to be included in the flood management and protection system. The following outputs will be produced: 2 specialised trainings for the agro producers for flood management, 6 community forums for inclusion of the community in the flood prevention and management, 2 exchange visits among the agro producers in the cross border region organized.

Happy Crafting