Project Albania – Croatia

On Thursday, July 19, a joint project between Croatia and Albania titled “Management of marine and coastline pollution for increased Safety at Sea and Ports in line with EU Maritime Law and Policy” was presented in Port of Durres, Albania. This bilateral project includes training of personnel from Albanian institutions involved in systems for preparedness and response to oil and HNS spills in the Adriatic, which, in a way, protects Croatian sea waters from pollution coming from Albania.

President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarović participated in the presentation and supported this initiative and emphasized the importance of joint cooperation between the two countries in protecting the marine environment. ATRAC’s director Vedran Martinić presented the Project and highlighted its benefits for both countries.

The Project was funded by Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Albania. ATRAC is engaged in conducting project activities, through which we are planning to collect important information for recognizing sources of pollution that affects Croatian part of the Adriatic as well.

The goal of the project is to establish a mutual network for risk prevention and incident management, in order to mitigate risks of marine pollution and to strengthen Albanian response capacities in fighting oil and HNS spills.

ATRAC’s main role in the Project is, through training and education of operational and command personnel and all other stakeholders involved in planning and response systems, to improve capacities, knowledge and decision making, and, generally, assure better coordination of the response system in Albania.

The project’s end date is 30th November 2019.