Albaforst Centre

Priority Axis

Environment

Country Albania
Organization/ Entity Albaforst Centre
First Name Mehmet
Last Name Metaj
Email mehmet.metaj@yahoo.com; albaforest@gmail.com
Contact Phone 00355 682092008
Project idea title Community-based forest adoptation and mitigation against climate change
Specific problem to be addressed Enhance the capacity of the communities in the pilot areas to adapt to climate change including variability and diversification of activities linked with sustainable forest management and agro-forestry development.
Main project activities planned 1. Climate change and mountain livelihoods, sharing experiences from neighboring Balkan countries; 2. Adapting and building resilience to climate change in mountain communities, and critical ecosystems; 3. Mitigation of degraded forests due to the climate change and restoration of bare lands through reforestation and agro-forestry pilot demonstration development; 4. Restoring selected degraded forestlands, eroded and burned area lands and threatened forest species; 5. Improve the tools for forest management taking into account of the multifunctionality of forests in management plans; 6. Involve local populations in forest management, from participative management to co-management, including sylvo-pastoral management into forest management; 7. Agro-forestry models development with emphasis of the marginal and remote-mountainous areas; 8. Reinforce the knowledge on forests by establishing a database on key forest data for better decision-making: forest and forest ecosystem’s data, socio-economic data, genetic data, adaptation and mitigation data, data on forest experts; 9. Assist improving the regional fire-risk management systems for prevention and combat against forest fires and burned areas restoration; 10. Assist established National and Regional Forest Fire Management and Coordination Units and Development of Annual Fire Management Plans.
Expected outputs and results - Capacity building in community-based forestland for a sustainable forest management; - Rescuing and restoring forest biodiversity species-fire-burned areas rehabilitation; - Community-based sustainable forest’s management as ecosystems with sustainable balance affecting continuously improving local and global climate by reducing CO₂ in the atmosphere and protect the soil from erosion and atmospheric precipitation; - Fire-burned areas rehabilitation by planting trees in selected burned areas-riparian forests; - Enhance climate change impact adaptation and mitigation in Albania.
State you area of expertise/ interest Forests are important in determining the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere; they absorb 2.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, about one-third of the carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels. However, this great storage system also means that when forests are cut down, the impact is big. Deforestation accounts for nearly 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions — more than the world’s entire transport sector. At the same time, the removal capacity of forests is decreased as forests are lost. As well as being critical to slowing or even stopping climate change, forests are important for reducing its current and future effects on people. For example, forest goods tend to be more climate-resilient than traditional agriculture crops and so when disasters strike or crops fail, forests act as safety nets protecting communities from losing all sources of food and income. They also regulate waterways, protect soil, cool cities and entire regions.
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