Representatives of the platform “Friends of Shara”, in which MES also is a part of, participated in a cross-border meeting with representatives from the other two local action groups (LAGS) from Kosovo (“Sharri”) and Albania (“Korabi”) on the 13th of April in Prizren, Kosovo.
“ We are happy that the platform “Friend of Shara” has future collaborators from the region Shara/Korab-Koritnik from Kosovo and Albania and we hope that the two groups will begin with specific activities soon targeted at natural resource protection and improving the local livelihoods. We as a platform exist since 2015 and are prepared to share our experience with you,” says Metin Muaremi, the president of the platform “Friends of Shara”. “
Representatives of both LAGS from Kosovo and Albania emphasized that there were different opportunities for cross-border collaboration but that first, these groups have to be formalized and choose a president, which then would be followed by their active participation in different projects.
The LAGS from all three countries are an excellent platform for cross-border cooperation in the context of nature protection and act as a link between the protected areas in the region. Partaking in the LAGS from Kosovo and Albania are representatives of the nature protected areas, business owners, NGO workers and different key stakeholders