The National Conference on Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management, and Financial Resilience, organised by the Faculty of Economy at the University of Tirana, proved to be a essential event in advancing knowledge, policies, and practices in these critical fields within the framework of EU integration.
The conference, which took place on 24 of March 2022, featured a comprehensive schedule:
The event started with a warm welcome and an introduction by Prof. Dr. Fatmir Memaj, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economy at the University of Tirana. This set the stage for a series of enlightening presentations by esteemed keynote speakers.
Insights and Innovations:
Distinguished speakers provided valuable insights:
• Ms. Ornela Çuçi, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, elaborated on the fundamental Green Fund for Climate.
• Mr. Gjergji Simaku, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, discussed the Integrated Climate and Energy Plan and the future of energy management.
• Ms. Anuela Ristani, Deputy Chairwoman of the Municipality of Tirana, shared innovative climate adaptation actions undertaken in Tirana.
• Mr. Robert Hysenllari, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Respone at the National Agency for Civil Protection, emphasized the crucial role of civil protection in disaster risk management.
• Mirela Kamberi, Expert of the Climate Change Program at UNDP, provided updates on Albania’s response to the Paris Agreement and the latest developments in climate change.
• Ms. Merita Meksi, Deputy Project Manager at GIZ, presented practical measures for climate change adaptation.
• Ms. Alma Lulja, Deputy Regional Coordinator of the Green Economy Financing in the Western Balkans (GEFF) Project at EBRD, highlighted the significance of sustainable financing.
• Ms. Ermela Karaj, Head of Project Financing and Agribusiness Department at Raiffeisen Bank Albania (TBC), explored the role of the banking sector in supporting agriculture and energy projects.
Student presentations provided a glimpse into the promising future of climate action. Participants seized the opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and forge collaborations during the event’s closing session.
The National Conference demonstrated a collective commitment to addressing climate challenges and fostering resilience in the face of a changing climate. It laid the foundation for meaningful collaborations, policy development, and the exchange of best practices.
The Faculty of Economy at the University of Tirana is dedicated to advancing knowledge and expertise in economic matters, making a significant contribution to addressing contemporary challenges such as climate change and environmental sustainability.