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Innovative practices in environmental protection phase II

Project Title
Innovative practices in environmental protection phase II
Type of Contract/Category
Grant contract
IPA Component/ (national or regional) Programming year
IPA 2, Cross border cooepration: former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Republic of Albania, allocations 2014-2015
Lead applicant and co-applicants
Center for Civic Initiative (CCI) as the lead applicant and Destination Management Organization (DMO), Association of fruit producers Blagoj A. Kotlarovski and Agrinas-ER as co-applicants.

T The intervention area covers an area traversing the border area between Macedonia and Albania, with a Prespa lake Basin on Macedonian and Korce region on Albanian side of the cross border area. Due to the nature of not only the Call (cross-border) but the activities within the project, all project parties intend to maintain a holistic approach for the planning, implementation and overall management of the entire action within the intervention area. The proposal has been jointly discussed and designed between relevant actors in a collaborative and participatory manner. The project will be conducted in exactly the same collaborative and participatory way. This method of implementation of project activities will be achieved by the provision of jointly staffed teams.

In order to achieve the objectives, the project will focus on creating cross-border partnerships for environmental protection through the establishment of sustainable natural system for wastewater treatment, growth of sustainable and environmentally friendly economic activities through a pilot programme on introduction of organic farming practices on cross-border level, and increasing awareness of the opportunities to utilise agricultural and environmental assets for sustained economic growth.

Abstract (short project summary)

An estimated population within the intervention area of 30.000 people will benefit from project activities by the tackle down of the environmental improvements. In addition to the project participants, at least 200 farmers working around Prespa Lake Basin and region of Korce will be targeted by direct project interventions in the sector of sustainable agriculture. The farmers that will be included in the project will be selected according their level of interest, participation in the local associations of the farmers. Additionally, the farmers that will be included in the component of sub granting will be selected on an open call for application on the basis of extension of the orchard, proximity to lakes or rivers, farm conducted by young people or women etc. The existing two (2) agrochemical laboratories will be supported and their technical staff will be trained. Moreover, 15 schools in both of the countries will be included in the action through establishing of eco gardens and eco patrols where at least 2.000 children will be involved in educational activities and awareness campaigns.

T The 200 farmers in the cross border region have identified the need of increasing of their knowledge in effective use of fertilizers and pesticides. They are constrained by the idea that the reducing of the usage of the fertilizers and pesticides will reduce their income. The 2 agrochemical laboratories are in need of additional operating materials in order to provide appropriate services to the farmers. The children in the schools are in need of increased knowledge of sustainable management of natural resources as they are living in that region and some of them will become farmers in the future, so they will practice the used knowledge.

Final beneficiary
30 000 people living in the Prespa lake Basin and Korce region.
Action location/s
1. Prespa and Korca.

The overall objective set for this action is to stimulate sustainable use of natural   resources for protection of the environment.

Specific objectives:

To increase the awareness for sustainable use of natural resources for protection of the environment

To reduce the negative effects from usage of pesticides and fertilizers on environment


Component 1 Coordination, management and visibility including: coordination meetings, website and visibility actions as kick off and close out conference. Component 2 Actions of agro producers: Installation of additional automatic agro meteorological stations and annual maintenance of existing software for processing collected data of the AM Station; Support to Agrochemical laboratories at cross-border level and designing of informative web page for dissemination of the data to promote sustainable agriculture; Trainings for the farmers for practical usage of the fertigation; Establishment of organization of agro producers in Korcha and transfer of experience from Association of agro producers Blagoj A. Kotlarovski; Piloting of the usage of the fertigation in two specific areas in the cross border region through providing of sub grants for the interested agro producers; Study analysis of the effectiveness of the usage of the fertigation on the reduction of fertilizers  and consequently the reduction of nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen, in the environment Component 3 Awareness rising including: Awareness rising for youth in sustainable usage of the national resources;    Introduction of composting system as technique for reduction of fertilizers and cross border exchange of practices; Study visit in EU country for understanding of the techniques for composting and fertilization.



The broader, long-term change which will stem from the project and a number of interventions by other partners.

Awareness and knowledge of sustainable use of natural resources and environment is fostered


Op 1.1. Additional 2 AAMS in function

Op 1.2. Equipped 2 agro chemical laboratories

Op 1.3 Trained farmers in fertigation

Op 1.4. 30 farmers supporter in piloting of fertigation

Op 1.5. Established new organization of agro producers in Korcha

Op 1.6. Published study analysis of the positive effects of the usage of fertigation

Op 2.1 Development of  eco gardens and eco patrols in 15 schools

Op 2.2. 20 agro producers will attend study visit in EU country



i. Supported actions of the agro producers for rational usage of pesticides and fertilizers for reducing of the negative effect on the environment

ii. Increased awareness for sustainable usage of the national resources through “no waste” practices.

Facts & Figures

• Project duration: 24 Months

• Start date of the project: 15.11.2017

• End date of the project 14.11.2019


• Cost of the action: 439,929.60 €

• EU contribution:373,940.16 €

• EU contribution percentage: 85 %

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