In the essay ‘Changing track, changing tack’ PBL, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, summarises 40 years of Dutch environmental policy and draws lessons for the future.
The EPA Network brochure has been released. This describes the establishment and structure of the Network as well highlighting some important outputs and achievements. You can download a copy here or contact the secretary to get a hard copy.
As of June 1st 2013 a new institution, theb Estonian Environment Agency, has been formed by joining Estonian Environment Information Centre (EEIC) and Estonian Meteorological Institute (EMHI).
Agency of Environment and Forestry
The Agency of Environment and Forestry (AEF) was established by the Decision of Council of Ministers No.579, dated 23.08.2006, in the framework of restructuring of Institute of Environment and Institute of Forestry and Pasture Researches. The Agency of Environment and Forestry is a legal, public and budgetary institution under the Minister of Environment, Forest and Water Administration (MEFWA).
AEF has started procedures for national accreditation of laboratory for water analysis according to ISO standards and established database on environmental hot-spots. Also AEF has prepared the draft State of Environment Report , 2005-2007, 2008 and 2009
Mission of AEF
To regenerate, improve and preserve the environment, while providing a sustainable development
Vision of AEF
Albania that enjoys a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, enabling improvement of life quality for present and future generations while maintaining the diversity of natural resources.
The Agency of Environment and Forestry is established under the Decision of Council Ministers No.579, dated 23.08.2006 “ On establishment of Agency of Environment and Forestry”
Staff and budget
Number of staff: 47
Budget: AEF is a state budgetary institution under the Minister of Environment, Forest and Water Administration thus the budget is depend on the Ministry.
Projects dealing with AEF
Project Stema (Strengthening of the Environmental Monitoring System in Albania) - One of the purposes of this project was the definition of Agency of Environment and Forestry as the National Reference Center for Monitoring System in Albania together with a number of reference laboratories to form a National Reference Center for the Environment. Within this project AEF is equipped with modern equipment for monitoring air quality.
Odour Analysis Project - It was a project funded by the Swedish Government and implemented by the company ÅF Consult and aims the establishment of the laboratory for odour analysis. The laboratory is in the final stage and is installed the program to get the data for pollutants emission into the air from various industrial activities.
Project FOPER (Forest Policy Economics and Research) - This project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland through European Forest Institute (EFI). Has started the second phase of this project, which aims the support of the AEF in the field of forest policy. In the frame of this project are committed trainings of AEF staff.
Twinning project - This project is funded by the Dutch government and has had in focus two components; 1) The institutional support to Agency of Environment and Forestry, in the framework of which is realized the mission, vision, logo and web site of AEF, and also the new structure and job description and 2) Making ready the AEF for the accreditation of the laboratory for water analysis according to ISO 17025 standard.
INPAEL Project (Implementation of National Plan for Approximation of Environmental Legislation) - This project is funded by EU delegation in Tirana and has started in 2010. The aim of the project is the monitoring of Erzeni River. The analysis for determination of parameters for water quality are carried out by the staff of Analytical Laboratory within Agency of Environment and Forestry . Also this project gives the support to AEF for the accreditation process.
CEMSA project (Consolidation of Environmental Monitoring System of Albania) - This project is funded by EU delegation in Tirana and the specific objective of this project is the expansion and consolidation of an up-to-date, cost-effective and operational Integrated Environmental Monitoring System (IEMS), capable of using environmental standards and EU directives as a general reference framework.
Cooperation with other projects - AEF has collaborated with the Project on Identification and prioritization of environmental Hot Spots funded by UNDP providing its contribution to technical advice for the environmental situation of the polluted areas and measures for their rehabilitation. Also AEF has collaborated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy for the project “Identification of industrial waste in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy sectors, by participating in expedition for recognition of the environmental situation and give recommendations for their safe storage, sale, recycling and disposal.
AEF has undertaken the organization of several different workshops as are mentioned below:
Achievements of AEF