Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Ministry of Environment of Albania to provide technical advisory services for the preparation of an Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) national strategy. The World Bank funded strategy will promote the co-ordinated development and management of water, land and related resources to maximise economic and social welfare, without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems in the country.
The IWRM will outline action plans for priority areas and specific proposals for capacity development. It will address the environmental objectives of the European Union’s Water Framework Directive (EU-WFD) and include analysis and specification of related policy and resource implications. This includes adapting the EU gender legislation to Albanian conditions to ensure that men and women benefit equally from the proposals.
Mott MacDonald will consult a broad range of national stakeholders to assess the current state of water resource management in Albania. The consultancy will identify crucial issues as well as collect, analyse and combine relevant available documentation on the country’s water resources. Additionally, Mott MacDonald will facilitate the entire IWRM strategy development process, including the preparation of discussion papers for workshops and reports on the conclusions.
Wim Verheugt, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “Having a national strategy, combined with training at national and regional levels, will support Albania’s central and local authorities in managing issues such as water shortages, climate change and flood management. The IWRM will create the backbone of Albania’s compliance with EU water regulations. Adapting the environmental objectives of the EU-WFD to Albanian conditions will be fundamental for making the strategy realistic and effective.”
“Mott MacDonald has been contributing to development in Albania for nearly 20 years. Our initial projects were in the water sector, however today we’re also active in the country’s transport, power, environment and urban development sectors,” Wim added.