356 Hours for the Environment- New Campaign kicks off in Tirana

Dec 9, 2016

Students of the Polytechnic University of Tirana became part of a campaign called “365 Hours for Environment”. The Campaign is designed as an open competition and invites female and male students to propose   bold and innovative interior designs for the Tirana Aarhus Center. The Center will be built in line with the Aarhus Convention’s requirements which are based on the right of public information and participation in decision making in environmental issues.

Tirana Aarhus Information Center will be housed at the Ministry of Environment. Students who will participate in the competition will come from 5th grade and will be asked to apply sound building science principles to create cost-effective and a market-ready design in line with the Aarhus Convention.

 The 365 Hours for Environment contest is designed to provide students with an opportunity to participate in hands-on interior designing and project implementation, experience working in a multi-disciplinary team, which is vital to professional work and partnerships and networking with government professionals and UNDP Albania project team.

The Ministry of Environment, the Polytechnic University of Tirana and UNDP signed a memorandum of understanding with the purpose of intensifying cooperation between institutions in the environmental field. The memorandum was signed by the Minister of Environment Lefter Koka, UNDP Country Director, Limya Eltayeb and Rector of the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Andrea Maliqari.

365 Hours for Environment campaign is part of events outlined in this memorandum of understanding.

During the signing ceremony Minister of Environment Lefter  Koka underlined the importance of having the public on board when it comes to making environmental decisions that impact people’s lives.

The UNDP Country Director Eltayeb highlighted the importance of active engagement of the young generation in environmental issues.

The Rector of Tirana University highlighted that the faculty possesses the most capable potential and the best specialists in many environmental aspects. At the end of the Campaign, Aarhus Information Centre will be completed. This will be the biggest information center to be accessible by the public at large.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters was adopted on 25 June 1998 in the Danish city of Aarhus at the Fourth Ministerial Conference as part of the "Environment for Europe" process. The Aarhus Convention establishes a number of rights of the public with regard to the environment. The Parties to the Convention are required to make the necessary provisions so that public authorities (at national, regional or local level) will contribute to these rights to become effective.