National Engagement Strategy
As of 2015, NES Albania achievements include:
- Unifying a successful multi-stakeholder platform for policy dialogue which was initiated in collaboration with national and international actors as well as national parliament representatives;
- Spearheading national and regional consultations on the Draft Law of Forests and Pastures, with policy recommendations submitted to the Minister of Environment;
- Developing a unified cadastre in Fier (southwest) where maps and a digital database were created;
- Creating exchanges on good practices and challenges promoted in the region, including the first Balkan regional meeting on Forestry and Pasture rights;
- Raising awareness through campaigns on women’s land entitlement that resulted in all forest and pasture user associations of NFCFPA commiting to at least 30% of women included in decision-making bodies of each regional federations and association.
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Ms Albora Kacani | NES facilitator
Albania is a country characterized by limited agricultural land, although its geographical position, climate, and natural resources potential are favourable to agriculture and rural development. A legal framework comprised of several laws and bylaws has been guiding the transition from a centralized to a market oriented sector as part of the decentralization and privatization process of the last twenty years. Despite this, land rights and registration remain hot topics, in many cases even causing armed intracommunity conflicts.
In a context where legal acts and subacts often contradict each other, property recognition issues and conflicts continue to occur regularly. In addition, one of the very problematic issues is that of legal implementation, often caused by the lack of proper knowledge on legal frameworks, policies and strategies by the vast majority of farmers, a lack of political will to implement the legal base, and differences in legal implementation which takes into account geographical and social diversities.
As land is such a key factor for development and prosperity, the National Engagement Strategy (NES) for Albania has created a consultative space for broad-based dialogue, allowing for the identification of problems and solutions related to issues of land ownership and management. This includes the country’s land governance framework, the formulation of laws in support of beneficiaries such as the draft Law on Forests and Pasture, and the implementation of existing laws. The NES also highlights the need to support beneficiaries and to identify potential areas for joint intervention and support.