Sustainable Resource Use

The Collection, Production and Placement of Medicinal Plants on the Market in Relation to Self-employment and Tourism Development

REC Bosnia and Herzegovina, financed by the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, implemented the project in order to build the capacities of women and young people in rural parts of the Upper Vrbas region to grow, harvest and process medicinal and aromatic plants on a self-employed basis. The project closed in 2016, and a final report was produced outlining possibilities for the future

Freshwater and Marine Ecosystem Services Mapping and Assessment (FEMA)

This project, launched by REC Bulgaria in partnership with the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and ReSAC, focuses on inland waters and marine areas, and is part of the national initiative for the assessment of ecosystem services and for the improvement of the national biodiversity information system in Bulgaria.

The expert team created numerous GIS layers containing the specific values of the ecosystem services of rivers, lakes and marine waters, classified according to the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) initiative, which is part of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. The results obtained will contribute to the integration of freshwater ecosystem values into river basin management and regional development plans. 

Local Waste Management Planning in Municipalities in Albania

REC Albania provided technical support and on-the-job assistance to more than 15 Albanian municipalities, helping them to address one of the biggest priorities for the communities — waste management. A local waste management plan was developed in the pilot municipality (Diber), in the northeast of Albania.

Stabilising Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Road Transport: Regional Implementation of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative

The project, implemented by the REC and the United Nations Environment Programme Global Fuel Economy Initiative (UNEP GFEI), organised a training in Podgorica, Montenegro, on the theme FeeBate (i.e fee rebate) and FEPiT (Fuel Economy Policies Implementation Tool) instruments for adopting more sustainable policies in the field of fuel economy. The aim was to build the knowledge and capacities of the GFEI project work group in terms of the understanding and use of FeeBate and FEPiT instruments for the adoption of sustainable policies in the field of fuel economy. For more about the REC project, please visit the project page

Sustainable Resource Use
REC Albania helped develop a local waste management plan in the pilot municipality of Diber.