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Lake Skadar-Shkodra Integrated Ecosystem Management - Results

GEF IDS: 2133



GEF 4 Tracking Tool (2010), IWC6 Results Note (2011)

1. Joint bilateral structures (Skadar5Shkodra Lake Commission (SLC), SLC Secretariat and Working Groups are operational, sustainable and implementing priority joint activities identified in SAP
2. Solutions for decreasing toxic and non toxic pollutants entering into Lake Skadar Shkoder identified and actions
taken to reduce contamination
3. Regulatorycapacity, infrastructure and community level mechanisms and incentives in place to support natural resource management and sustainable tourism development

Results data
Reduced fishing pressure
Value: 0.06
Number of illegal fishermen has decreased from 44% to 38%; Protection of spawning areas during spawning time was conducted and this resulted in a considerable decrease of fishing during this period
Restored habitat, including wetlands
Value: 18.5 ha
More than 50% of these works completed; Improvement of lakeside vegetation, willow and sage through community based management will start soon; Refurbishment of a stream in the mountainous area to avoid erosion and pollution of the lake waters especially in a spawning area will start soon in line with the developed environmental and social impact assessment; Reforestation of 18.5ha with 45,000 seedlings of pine trees in an erosion prone mountainous area immediately on the lakeshores in Albanian side of the lake is completed to avoid run off as well
Municipal wastewater pollution reduction
Value: [see desc]
Design for Construction of the Vranjina Waste Water Treatment Plant has been prepared and construction works planned to start early Spring 2012.
Proportion of Countries that have adopted SAP
Value: 1
A Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis has been conducted and a Joint Strategic Action Program (SAP) for Lake Skadar-Shkoder has been prepared. Both these documents have been approved and SAP endorsed by Albanian and Montenegrin Ministries of Environment.
Development of Strategic Action Program (SAP)
Value: IV3
Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis: Agreement on transboundary priorities and root causes
Value: IV3
National/Local reforms
Value: IV0
Vranjina village sewage collection and WW not yet established
Regional Management Institutions
Value: IV2
A high-level Skadar-Shkodra Lake Commission (SLC), its Secretariat and 4 joint Working Groups (WG) has been established and operational. The mandate of SLC is to monitor implementation of strategic documents drawn by the two parties for the conservation and management of the Lake; the mandate of the WGs is to facilitate discussions on specific issues and to steer joint program implementation. It has been agreed that these joint structures (SLC, Secretariat and WGs) will remain sustainable beyond the project closure.

Lake Commission (SLC), Secretariat and Working Groups are established and operating. One year before LSEIMP closure, these joint structures financing will be included in Governments’ budgets to ensure sustainability.

Regional legal agreements and cooperation frameworks
Value: IV3
A bilateral Agreement between the Ministry of Tourism and Environment of Rebublic of Montenegro and Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration of Republic of Albania for the Protection and Sustainable Development of Skadar-Shkodra Lake was endoresed by both parties.
Establishment of country-specific inter-ministerial committees
Value: IV3
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of environmental protection and sustainable management of natural resources is signed between the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment of Montenegro and Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration of the Republic of Albania, through which the parties agreed to develop bilateral cooperation in the field of environmental protection and sustainable management of natural resources including Skadar-Shkodra Lake and functioning of cross border structures such as the SLC and WGs.

An Administration of the Managed Nature Reserve in Albania consisting of 26 persons is established by the Ministry of Environment Forestry and Water Administration and is functional, and prepration of a Management Plan for the Nature Reserve is ongoing.