National Awareness-Raising Campaign on Climate Change Adaptation and the Advantages of an Ecosystem-Based Approach to Increase Resilience to Climate Change Impacts

National Awareness-Raising Campaign on Climate Change Adaptation and the Advantages of an Ecosystem-Based Approach to Increase Resilience to Climate Change Impacts

Source of funding

Albania

Name of client/donor

Albanian Ministry of Environment

Overall project value

EUR 94,500

Date

February 2017 – December 2019

Beneficiary countries

Albania

Number of staff

4

One of the most vulnerable Albanian wetland systems is the Kune-Vaini lagoon system (KVLS), located within the delta of the Drini-Mati River in the Lezha region. The KVLS covers an area of 2.3 km2 and consists of lagoons, islands, sandy beaches, capes and bays. The KVLS is a complex system comprising coastal lagoons, sandy beaches, salt marshes and mixed riparian forests. The ecosystems within this lagoon system are intricately linked, with changes in one ecosystem leading to changes in the surrounding systems. This entire lagoon system has been identified as a critically vulnerable region to current and expected climate change impacts, thus the implementation of appropriate adaptation interventions is urgently required. The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) has approved funding for the implementation of the project “Building the resilience of Kune-Vaini”. The project aims to increase the capacities of government and local communities living near the KVLS to adapt to climate change using an integrated set of adaptation interventions, including an ecosystem-based approach (EbA).

The overall objective of the project is to design and implement national, local and school-specific awareness-raising campaigns on climate change adaptation and the advantages of EbA to increase resilience to climate change impacts.

Specific objectives are to:

  • design and implement a knowledge management plan and communication strategy to capture, store and disseminate knowledge generated by the SCCF project;
  • conduct awareness-raising campaigns for policy and decision makers, technical government and non-government personnel, and the general public on the benefits and implementation of EbA interventions;
  • identify and develop innovative awareness-raising activities for learners at primary, secondary and high schools on climate change and EbA; and
  • implement awareness-raising activities in schools in Albania with a specific focus on schools located near the KVLS.

The national awareness-raising campaign will be implemented in parallel with the development of restoration and EbA projects in order to increase public awareness on the benefits of EbA in increasing resilience to climate change. The campaign will be designed in consultation with multiple local stakeholders, and a participatory approach will be used to select interventions. The participation of local communities and government institutions will enhance buy-in and ownership of the project among stakeholders at national and local level, while local support will ensure the long-term sustainability of the project.

  • Conducting awareness-raising campaigns for policy and decision makers, technical government and non-government personnel, and the general public on the benefits and implementation of EbA interventions, based on lessons learned.
  • Identifying and developing innovative awareness-raising activities for learners at primary, secondary and high schools on climate change and EbA.
  • Implementing awareness-raising activities identified in schools in Albania with a specific focus on schools located near the KVLS.
  • Organising experience-sharing and community events to facilitate learning and dialogue among policy makers, implementers and local people living within and benefiting from selected interventions sites.
  • Technical assistance
  • Capacity building
  • Training
  • Information dissemination via online platforms, media and events
  • Awareness raising
  • Capitalisation of lessons learnt