The Sub-Regional Workshop of the beneficiary communities of CRESSIDA project in the Western Balkan countries was held in Rugova village close to Peja city in Kosovo on 14-15th of May 2018. The Sub-Regional Workshop was organized by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) in the frame of CRESSIDA programme with kind support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).
The Sub-Regional Workshop gathered about 40 municipal officials and representatives of local communities along the Drini River Watershed from 3 beneficiary countries: Albania, Kosovo and FYR Macedonia. The workshop was focused on presentation of the newly developed tool on Index on Water Integrity (IWI), presented by the practitioners on the tool from USEPA and local experts from participating countries in the project. The IWI of Drini river was presented and shared with participants as well as experiences and lessons learned from the pilot projects in the three countries.
The project “CRESSIDA: building local Community RESilience for Sustainable Development in International watersheds such as the Drini and Drina river Watersheds” aims to provide support to local communities located in the Drina (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro) and Drin river watersheds (Albania, Kosovo*, FYR Macedonia) to relevant state institutions and the business sector to more effectively implement their local strategies and plans related to sustainable development. A total of 18 municipalities from beneficiary countries participated in the project, together with their partner organizations from the civil sector. In Drin river watershed the participating Municipalities are Peshkopia, Kukes and Shkodra in Albania, Istog, Gjakova and Rahovec in Kosovo, Ohrid, Dibra and Debarca in FYR.
CRESSIDA proved once again that working together with communities and scientists the Municipalities can find solutions to their daily problems and better address their challenges within their limited capacities by making use of the developed solutions. The networking was a key element of success in the project, enabling a great cooperation and good dialogue between Municipalities along the Drin river, despite country boundaries. Several joint activities were organized during the project implementation and many results and tools are left in the hands of the Municipalities for further use.