This Project is important for Albania as it will increase the level of flood protection management to prevent damage to human health, material damage, flora, fauna and the economy. The outputs of the Project focused on the investment needs and establishment of the sound technical background for the implementation phase of sustainable flood management, with potential support of the European Union and of the European Investment Bank. The total estimated value of interventions is €11.2m. The European Investment Bank is expected to contribute in loans, complementing the currently foreseen €3.24m EU grants.
The Project will improve the flood protection conditions along a 13 kilometres section of river on the north and south sides/banks of the Mati River, thus greatly contributing to flood control, enabling sustainable operation of primary (agriculture, animal husbandry), secondary (construction materials) and tertiary (hospitality) sectors of the economy. It will rehabilitate and realign the north and south dikes of the Mati River (a total of 26 kms) for sound flood protection and 105 spur dikes to prevent river erosion. In addition, a special dike for Pllana irrigation canal will be provided.
As a result of this project and its consecutive phases, for 210,000 inhabitants living in the Mati River Catchment Area, the protective measures will be improved and the risk of floods will be significantly reduced, thus preventing serious human and material damage. Moreover, it will significantly reduce the soil and riverbank erosion.
The study was implemented by COWI-IPF Consortium (Infrastructure Project Facility 8) in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the National Agency of Water Resources Management. It started on 23 January 2020 and was successfully completed in April 2021. It received a grant amounting to €450,000 funded by the European Union through Western Balkans Investment Framework in addition to the earlier allocated €400,000 for the previous phase implemented in 2012 (Feasibility Study).
The closing workshop is planned to take place on 20 April 2021, during which the results of the project will be presented to all stakeholders.