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  The Social Assessment entailed information gathering and analyzing through focus group interviews and unstructured interviews with key stakeholders in key Albania
Natural Resources Project areas, including villages near Dibra. villages near Shkunbini watershed, such as Librazhdi, Qukes and Proptisti; and villages near Mati watershed.

In addition to cross cutting issues of gender, inclusion, and vulnerability, the SA covered a range of specific topics,
? including land use and usufruct rights
? access to decision-making processes and the types and extent of common participatory channels practiced
? role of users°« associations and other CBOs and their level of responsiveness in addressing citizen concerns
? nature of human threats to sustainable land use and types of incentives necessary for farmers and forestry users to adopt environmentally friendly practices community capacity to manage shared resources
? the current level of general awareness and technical know-how of conservation options to be supported by the project
? and prospects for alternative income generation and off-farm employment.

During the field visits the key stakeholder groups and any other groups who may not benefit from the project, were identified

The Social Assessment designed the methodology for a net impact study of project and non-project areas that included a baseline, midterm, and final survey. The methodology selected a sample of experimental and control sites with a sample size large enough to conduct statistically meaningful analysis.
It contained a list of impacts to be evaluated and a short description of the statistical procedures necessary for analyzing these impacts.

Based on the methodology, a questionnaire was designed and pre-tested. A training manual for conducting the interviews was developed.