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The ecological valley

A partnership model for sustainable tourism in the rural areas. (First phase) The project goal was to create a sustainable partnership between local administrations, public and private entities, associations of producers and other stakeholders for a sustainable rural development in the Ecological Valley. Area of project: The Ecological Valley is an mountain area in the south east of Vlora. It include 7 Communes: Commune Centre, Shushica Commune, Vllahina Commune, Kota Commune, Sevaster Commune, Brataj Commune, Armen Commune, Hore – Vranisht Commune, with about 60 villages and 54 000 inhabitants.


  • Collection of socio-economic data of the Ecological Valley;
  • Realisation of a database of development resources;
  • Identification of the economic, social and cultural resources;
  • Organisation and management of the focus groups;
  • Questionnaire for the families;
  • Development Master plan;
  • GIS mapping.


  • Database of the business operating within the Vlore River area, classified by municipality;
  • Database of the welfare services offered within the area (education services; health services, etc);
  • 15 maps of the socio-economic resources of Vlore;
  • 7 focus groups for the discussion of the socio-economic problems of Vlore;
  • 1000 questionnaire given to the families of the Vlore River area;
  • Editing of the general plan of the Vlore River.