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Focus Group Meetings to discuss Strategic Action Programme for Drin Basin

Between 12 – 21 March 2019, the GEF Drin Project held a series of 6 Focus Group Meetings with key stakeholders in the Drin Basin. Workshops were held in Tirana, Shkodra, Podgorica, Peja, Skopje and Pogradec.

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The purpose of the Focus Group Meetings was to inform the development of a Strategic Action Programme for the Drin Basin. This is a document which sets out the priority issues in the basin and how they can be addressed.

 

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The priority issues were first identified through a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) of the Drin Basin. The five key areas were identified as:

1. Deterioration of water quality;

 2. Variability of the hydrological regime;

 3. Biodiversity Degradation;

 4. Sediment Transport; and,

 5. Climate Variability and Change (a cross-cutting issue that impacts all of the above).

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The participants of the Focus Group Meetings were tasked with exploring elements of these issues and rating them from high to low.

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The Focus Group Meetings, along with two additional meetings, ensured a total of 170 stakeholders were consulted on the issues.

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Key themes to come out of the discussions were:

1)     The need for improved information and data exchange between institutions;

2)     Increased monitoring, for example, of lake water quality and groundwater;

3)     Protecting biodiversity from invasive species; and,

4)     Decreasing agricultural pollution.

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