Description of the partner organisation
The Association for Protection of Aquatic Wildlife of Albania (APAWA) was established in 1999 in Tirana, Albania. APAWA is a non-governmental and non-profit social-scientific organization, whose main goals are: public awareness for the protection and preservation of aquatic wildlife; sustainable development in coastal and wetland areas; influence for solution of the problems linked to the aquatic communities; monitoring of eventual amelioration of aquatic and coastal ecosystems.
APAWA’s main work includes: providing and disseminating information on the ecological and environmental situation of aquatic ecosystems; work on public awareness; influence for respecting the environmental legislation; preparation of strategies, management plans, action plans and other policy documents related to protection, conservation, sustainable use and development of wetland and aquatic ecosystems; integration of issues related to aquatic ecosystems with strategies of country development; preparation and implementation of projects related to the assessment, conservation and management of marine, coastal and wetland biodiversity and habitats; collaboration with environmental NGOs of a national and international scale.
APAWA has about 60 members, with the head office in Tirana and active members in the districts of Shkoder, Lezhe, Kurbin, Durres, Vlore, Sarande and Pogradec. The association works on the national and international scale, with all levels of public, institutions, organizations and other relevant stakeholders dealing with environment, research and sustainable development of marine, coastal and wetland areas. The incomes of the association are provided from membership fees and support from donors for the projects implemented by the association..
Description of the activities
APAWA’s focus activities in the NETCET are mainly related to cetacean monitoring and conservation. Within this focus APAWA will work on strengthening institutional capacity for the conservation of cetaceans in the Adriatic through regional cooperation, by participation at the workshop on cetacean and monitoring survey methods, courses on handling, recovering, releasing and recording accidentally caught/stranded cetaceans, as well as in the development of an Adriatic Emergency Task Force in order to respond to mass stranding and environmental emergencies.
APAWA will also contribute on the consolidated knowledge of the Adriatic cetacean populations and their threats, by monitoring of their stranding along the coasts in Albania and involvement in specific monitoring surveys like aerial survey and boat based photo ID surveys of cetacean populations.
Based on the data and information gathered from the activities mentioned above and on the existing available information in Albania, APAWA will contribute to instruments for the long term strategic and joint conservation of cetaceans in the Adriatic. In this respect APAWA will participate in providing data on cetaceans’ state, existing planning instruments, legal and institutional arrangements in national scale, as well as in defining common strategies for the conservation of cetaceans in the Adriatic Sea, consultation on the strategies with project partners, contributing to existing plans for cetacean conservation, including consultations with national stakeholders and relevant authorities.
As the educational and awareness aspect is an important work direction for APAWA, this organization will play an active role in activities related to the increased awareness of the presence and conservation needs of cetaceans in Albania, through organization of awareness raising campaigns and educational activities with local community, fishermen, tourists, schoolchildren and also using the mass media communication..
Association for Protection of Aquatic Wildlife of Albania
Rr. Kostaq Cipo, p 6/4, ap. 32
1001 Tirana, Albania