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Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment


 On Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Clean up Project


 In the framework of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Clean-up Project, the World Bank has requested clarification from the Government of Albania on the issues being discussed in Parliament with regard to potential offerings for sales of land, apartments and hotel resorts in the Southern Coast of Albania

Related Links

- The Inspection Panel 
- Management Response 
- Përgjigjia e Grupit të Menaxherëve

-Q & A on ICZMP 
- Agriculture & Rural Development - Europe and Central Asia
- Environment - Europe and Central Asia
International Fund for Agricultural Development
 Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration

Related Studies 

 - Plani për Zhvillimin e Bregdetit Jugor të Shqipërisë
 Albania Southern Coast Development Plan

Agriculture plays an important role in Albania, becoming an important source of income support in rural areas. Currently, the sector contributes 25 percent of GDP, which compared with neighboring countries. 

Around 40 percent of Albania’s land area is classified as agricultural land. Around fifty-five percent of Albania’s 3.1 million population lives in rural areas, making agricultural labor abundant. This, together with an advantageous location for foreign trade, a favorable climate, and relatively inexpensive land, comprise comparative advantages in agriculture.

The World Bank i assisting in the implementation of several programs in agriculture, irrigation, drainage, water management, water supply, waste water management and community works.

Tourism is emerging as an important source of Albania’s economic growth.  Albania’s rich cultural heritage, natural beauty and biodiversity, especially along its coastal zone, provide important assets for such an industry to develop and make integrated coastal zone management key to its sustainable development.   In 2007, the tourism industry is estimated to generate 14 percent of total GDP, and 11 percent of total employment.

The Bank has been working with the Government of Albania to help develop and implement sustainable, equitable and humane solutions for spatial development, through land-use and urban planning, improving cadastral and land registration and revision of legislation and procedures.  The ICZMP project aims, among other things, to promote the practice of participatory land-use planning in Albania starting in the sensitive coastal region through development of the regulatory framework for coastal zone management. 

The Land Administration and Management Project in Albania aims to improve land management and spatial development through the automation of the Immovable Property Registration Office, addressing the backlog of land registrations in a few urban areas, participatory development of land use plans for a number of secondary cities, and provision of infrastructure to improve access to services.

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