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  ECAT Tirana, Albania and Green Home, Montenegro have together launched the project "Sustainable Improvement of Air Quality related to Traffic in Tirana, Albania and Podgorica, Montenegro" This project is enabled through a grant given by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe's SECTOR Programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
The project will promote environmentally urban sustainable strategies and practices focused on reducing traffic-related air pollution in Tirana, Albania and Podgorica, Montenegro.
Forecasts developed under the project Sustainable Traffic Development in Tirana, Albania (SUSTRAFFTIA) that ECAT Tirana has implemented for the past three years, have shown that under the current transport policy, the city road traffic double by 2014 and triple by 2021. As a result, air pollution in Tirana is set to increase dramatically.
The project seeks to introduce the Integrated Strategy for a Sustainable Traffic Development in Tirana, Albania to both Montenegro and Tirana. In Tirana, implementation of the strategy will seek to translate general concepts into concrete measures, to influence emerging traffic policy in the city. Montenegrin authorities will benefit from the experience and skills transfers gained from the dual development of the strategy with Albania. Training will also build capacities to develop transport strategies and policies leading to improvement of traffic situation and hence traffic-related air pollution. Public awareness activities on traffic and air quality issues will help involve communities and start reducing individual car use and introducing emission-reducing behavior.
The project pools the expertise of ECAT Tirana and GH to address a regional problem, resulting in a more a coordinated, holistic, and integrated approach to the issues it seeks to address. ECAT Tirana technical experience in developing strategic documents will be transferred to the Montenegrin CSO and vice versa. The lobying and campaigning experience of the Montenegrin partners in outreaching the community will in turn be beneficial to the Albanian partner.