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Konservimi i Agrobiodiversitetit në Zonat Rurale te Shqipërisë

Cooperation Programme
between Institute of Plant Genetic Resources, in the AUT and the Conservation of Agrobiodiversity in Rural Albania (CABRA) Project of the GIZ  (2016-2017)
 
INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES
 
Project:  Conservation of Agrobiodiversity in Rural Areas of Albania(CABRA)
Acronym: CABRA
Name:   Conservation of Agrobiodiversity in Rural Areas of Albania   
Project status: From: 2016-02-01 To: 2017-10-30
Contract number: Nr:83226204
Action line: On-farm conservation and sustainable use of local varieties
Type (Programme): Conservation of Agrobiodiversity in Rural Albania (CABRA) Project of the Deutsche GesellschaftfürIn-ternationaleZusammenarbeit(GIZ)
Funding scheme:   Local Subsidy
Project cost: 8 921 000,00 LEK
Project funding: 6 843 400,00 LEK
Project coordinator
 
Organisation Name: The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Albania
Organisation adress: GIZ-Albania  /   Rr. “Skënderbej”, P.6, Shk.1, Ap.4, Tirana, Albania
Organisation country: German  
Contact person name: Ralf Peveling 
Contact person email: ralf.peveling@giz.de
 
Albanian partner
Organisation Name: Institute of Plant Genetic Resources, in the AUT,  Tirana, Albania 
Organisation adressa: Rruga Siri Kodra, 132/1, Tirane, Albania/AUT, Kodër Kamëz, Tirana, Albania 
 
Contact person name: Prof. Dr. Sokrat Jani 
Contact person email: sjani@ubt.edu.al
 
Project staff:   Prof. Dr. Fetah Elezi;  M.Sc.Ervin Shishmani
Partners
 
1)Farmers in  the communes Kelmend, Shkrel, Shale, Lekbibaj and Valbona, included in  Northern Alps, Albania; 2) Stakeholders from national, regional and local authorities in charge of genetic resources, agriculture and rural development(National Agency of Protected Areas;  Administrative units and municipalities included in  Northern Alps, Albania; Agricultural Department  in  Project zones);3)Civil society and private sector; 4) Experts in Agro-biodiversity.
 
Short description of project
  In the bid of higher productivity and lower costs in the agricultural production, many farmers had to adapt their production to the globalized economic environment, including the use of hybrid varieties. Consequently, many native crop species and varieties (ecotypes, landraces) have disappeared or survived only locally in subsistence farms and gardens. Throughout the last century, the selection of varieties and also the preservation of germplasm has passed from farmers to the business of multinational corporations: the consequences of which are standardization of production, homogenization of organoleptic and qualitative aspects, loss of the traditional adaptation of the genotypes and the cultivation environment, and especially the loss of genetic variability and increasingly limited availability of genetic resources (towards the phenomenon of "genetic erosion"). CABRA is a bilateral project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. It promotes the conservation and sustainable use of natural and agricultural biodiversity in selected mountain areas in the North of Albania. In view of the situation described above, which can also be observed in the project area, local agrobiodiversity should be protected to maintain local ecosystems intact and provide for sustainable local economic development. Therefore, local knowledge about native crops should be expanded and/or reactivated, autochthonous seeds and plant materials made available to farmers in the region, and the farmers’ capacities in cultivating local native crops strengthened. 
Specific objectives
- Collect and propagate local cultivars from the project area both in situ (on farms in the Northern Alps) and ex situ (on site of IPGR ground); 
- Distribute/ disseminate plant material among local farmers in the project area;
- Train local farmers from the project area in breeding and cultivating the local cultivars;
- Strengthen the capacity of the IPGR in in situ conservation.
Responsibilities of the Institute of Plant Genetic Resources as Albanian partner
1. Elaborate, in close coordination with CABRA, the Plan of Operations for this measure, indicating outcomes, milestones, timelines, involved actors and inputs;
2. Ensure that the financial sources provided through this local subsidy are used as indicated in the detailed budget;
3. Ensure constant communication with CABRA project;
4. Regularly provide Information on the implementation of activities in written form to the  CABRA project;
5. Collaborate with and involve other partners and institutions (upon agreement with CABRA) to guarantee the successful implementation of the measure;
6. Establish and maintain a fruitful dialogue among all actors;
Responsibilities of CABRA
 
1. Oversee regularly the progress of the measures according to the agreed Plan of Operations(activities, timeline, costs);
2. Provide technical advice and financial resources for the implementation of this measure;
3. Support the networking amongst the different actors involved in the measure;
4. Assist with the publication of results to a wider public;
5. Align the measure with other project activities.
 
                                        
 
 

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