Albanian Association of Industrial Environmentalist (AAIE)


Address: Rr. “Muhamet Gjollesha”, “Pall 61/1, TIRANË, ALBANIA

Legal Form/Status: NGO / Nonprofit organization



Tel/Fax: 0035542253867

Albanian Association of Industrial Environmentalist (AAIE) was founded on 28.09.2000 in Tirana. Through its projects in the field of environment and socio – economic development, AAIE aims to assist the social and economic recovery of Albania evaluating various social-economic policies initiatives with a special focus in the Environment and Population Welfare. Being a policy adviser, AAIE and its Scientific Statistical Research Center and Information Technology (SRC&IT) contribute in central and local instructional strengthening existing legal, economic and policy instruments, institutional frameworks, policy coordination and information exchange, promoting as well the involvement of the private environmental policy dialogue and development.

The sectors focus of AAIE are:

–  EU Integration

–  Sustainable Development

–  Democracy and Rule of Low

–  Social Justice

–  Decentralization and Regional RD

–  Awareness Raising, IEC and BCC

–  Statistics and Information Technology


–  Qualitative and Quantitative Research

–  Project Management

–  Monitoring and Evaluation

–  Institutional Capacity Building

–  Policy Advising

The overall strategy for reaching its objectives of the AAIE aims to:

  • Assist social and economic recovery of Albania through its projects in the field socio – economic development;
  • Encourage the debate about the best path for Albanian development promoting policy dialogue, information exchange and coordination
  • Be an actor in strengthening existing legal, economic and policy instruments
  • Be a policy adviser based on the qualitative and quantitative research on a variety of topics
  • Contributing in institutional capacity building of central and local government,
  • Invest in people, empowering the community to be active players in community reforms, systems and community needs
  • Support the provision of sustainable integrated social services to marginalized and disadvantaged groups;
  • Stimulation of income-generating activities using the involvement of the citizens in the economic process,
  • Keep gender issue a consistent cross cutting strategy through all implementations
  • Realize projects that aim to study the environmental phenomena and social diversity in national and regional level


2017: On Erasmus+ Programme, European Comission-2017-1-CZ01-KA204-035425

National Agency of Czech Republic And RomPraha         

PAL Network for Support of the Youth Roma Entrepreneurship

Objectives: The project aims to support Roma youth participation of different levels, by gathering qualitative data about approaches and practices of Roma youth and supporting initiatives where Roma participation is key to long term change.

On 20-21 September, the PAL PUSH Steering Committee reconvened in Ljubljana, Slovenia. PAL Network for Roma Entrepreneurship SC meeting in the framework of the Erasmus + Program, “ΚΑ2-Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices “…is aiming to enhance the Roma business initiatives and self-employment in Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Romania, Spain, Hungary and France and is co-funded by the European Union. The main points on the agenda are focused on strategic updates – findings of the recent project component progress, internal information and perspectives of partnership in the way forward.“

July 2012: On continuing Education for Health Professionals

AAIE is accredited from the Albanian Authority of NCCE, based on procedures, standards and criteria determined in the Regulatory Document on Accreditation of Continuing Education Activities.

SRC&IT is actually certified with 78 Credits to train health professional in National Level. Since the year 2012, AAIE has carried out training for professionals of all over Albania. SRC&IT – the responsible department of AAIE has trained in total 153 health professions in the districts of Tirana, Fier, Lushnjë Korce, Pogradec and Diber. During these trainings held from 2014 until now the organization has trained a total of 186 health care professionals including 114 general practitioners and 65 of other specialties. The professional members of the training had been general practitioners, pediatricians, stemmatologist, pharmacists, epidemiologists.

September 2018 –  February 2020:  Programme: Europe for citizens Programme 2014 – 2020


Title: “Vote 4 Your Europe” Measure:

The general project objective is to find a new set of tools for citizenship awareness by implementing a series of workshops that compare and discuss the different political agendas in the beneficiary countries. Specific objectives:

▪ Motivating the EU citizens to go to the polls and encouraging their active democratic participation;

▪ Developing a stronger sense of ownership of the European project;

▪ Provoking a debate on the rise of Euroscepticism and its implications for the voting process and future of the EU.


01. 09. 2016 to 28. 02. 2018: Multi-Country Europe for Citizen Program EU Programme

The Voice from the Past – Recalling Memories in Diversities – REMEDY

REMEDY aims to emphasize the importance of remembering the past, commemorating the totalitarian regime victims and appreciating the present.

The ultimate result of this project would be a new relation build on understanding, unity and forgiveness, moving to the brighter future of diversity and shared values.


01. 09. 2016 to 31. 08. 2018: Erasmus + EU Programme    

Traditional Settlements, Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development

Igoumenica Cetner for Cultural Heritage

The project targets to the education and training of the adults to take in future the initiatives which will reveal the beauty of the traditional features in every region and in the same time to create startup business in the framework of environmental sustainability. The intervention is guided by a dominant objective that rehabilitation works succeeded in valorizing and restoring to the settlement and selected buildings their original ambiance and an authentic vitality: preserving, restoring and rehabilitating buildings and building complexes, and arranging them to shelter tourist accommodations or other public users.


October 2015 – 2017 – JUST/2014/ACTION GRANT      

University of Limburg – Brussel       

Title: “Fighting discrimination and AntiGypsyism in education and employment in EU” PAL

Priority: ROMA; Consortium Leader: Uc Limburg Vzw Belgium

Objectives: The project aims to support Roma youth participation of different levels, by gathering qualitative data about approaches and practices of Roma youth and supporting initiatives where Roma participation is key to long-term change.


September 2015: Sofia, Erasmus + Programm  

YOUth CREAtive Tourism Environment (YOU CREATE)

Bulgaria Cluster Tourism Bulgaria

The idea of the YOU CREATE project is to create a network of young professionals, in an innovative and purposeful way and will develop the potential of the rural tourism as a way to deal with unemployment in rural areas. Methods of informal learning will be utilized in the form of youth exchange, where youth participants will actively take part in the project’s decision process, instead of being passive participants.


Community Lezhë

The Municipality of Lezhë is one of 61 municipalities in Albania and it is located in the north-west of the country. The municipality consists of 10 administrative units with a population of 134.027 inhabitants and a surface area of ​​1.588,4 km2.  In the city of Lezhë are living around 50.000 thousand people. It is located in the centre of the main transport arteries connecting the north to south and east to west.

Tourism in Lezhë

City of Lezhë has a very favorable geographical position for tourism. It is rich in natural heritage (29 km of coastline, the Drin River which crosses the city, the lagoons and proximity of the mountains). The area has also ​​great historical and cultural interest with the monumental complex and a verity of archaeological, ethnographical and gastronomical features.

How to get there

The city of Lezhë is located in North – West part of the Albania, 60 km from Tirana.

The international airport “Mother Theresa” is distanced 45 km from Lezhë, while the airport in Podgorica (MNE) is lies 90 km from the city. The port of Durres (the largest port maritime of Albania) is distanced for 75 km, while Lezhë has the third biggest port of Albania, the Port of Shengjin.

The municipality is crossed by SH1- E762 (The Blue Highway East of the Adriatic) and the A1 – E852 that connects the Adriatic Sea with the interior of the Balkans and Central Europe.

Lezhë has a benificial strategic position that allows goods and services access. Shëngjin as the third port in the country by size serves as an important hub for the operational and logistic industry. The Lezhë area is still an understudy, while Shëngjin economic area is under construction. However, it is worth mentioning the strategic position of both area close to the airport, port and the most important corridors in the country and the region.

The nature of Lezhë region retains a wealth of landscape values, biodiversity, climate and microclimate. Endless variety of landscape is conditioned by a relief of surprise with rapid change and beautiful in every season of the year. Because of its geographical position open to the sea and generally low relief, the temperate Mediterranean climate prevails in Lezhë.

Lezhë – City with a rich tourist offer

Seaside Tourism

Tourism in Lezhë is considered one of the most promising priority sectors in terms of the potential that it has to contribute to social-economic development of the region. In 34 km of coast, with a long seashore (approximately 3 km), it offers a wide range of possibilities. Tourists can chose from the crowded beaches with a building zone to the pristine beaches of rare natural beauty. In the coastal area there are about 80 hotels and 600 guesthouses. On Shengjin Beach only 100.000 tourists’ visits are recorded during the weekend.

Lagoon tourism

The value of natural resources creates a rare scenic and graceful sight. They offer a large number of species of aquatic flora and fauna, rich in biodiversity. Variety of combinations with sand belts, bays, islands and secondary lagoons attracts people to come here. 

Mountain tourism

Mountain tourism offers to visitors striking views upon forests, springs, flora and natural monuments. As an example the mountain Monte Vela (1150 meters of height) and is only 12 km away from the city centre.






Archaeological & Historical Tourism

The city of Lezhë was founded in 385 BC by Dionysius of Syracuse. The favorable geographical position and importance of the city over the years has encouraged the presence of a rare archaeological and historical importance. The old walls, the Medieval Castle, The Memorial of Scanderbeg, the high and base archaeological area all point to the fact. For example The Memorial of Scanderbeg alone has about 200,000 visitors a year.























Rich religious heritage

Some important religious sights are:  the Cathedral of St. Nicholas (2007) with its unique cult object and work of art; Church of St. Veneranda – Balldre – is more than a thousand years old; Church of N. S. Annunciata – was built in 1240 and founded by Saint Francis of Assisi; Church of St. Euphemia – Kallmet, from the nineteenth century, is famous for its Madonna figure carved out of rock on a fountain running through the church; Church of Trošan which was built in the second half of the nineteenth century; and Church of Saint John Headless – Merqi, built in 1629, where the Council of Arberi, very important event for the Albanian catholic church is held.




















Tourism Development – Priorities for the Citty of Lezhë

Tourism was, is and will be among the main priorities of the city of Lezhë.

We are establishing a modern system of tourist information at the national and international level. Soon we plan to set information boards all over the city and in the surrounding areas. The plan also includes: creating and monitoring the image and tourist mark of the city of Lezhë; creating a website dedicated to tourism; Android and IOS app; digital information points (connected to hot spots Wi-Fi) kiosks with touch screens, in areas with high concentration of tourists.