The implementation of the Green Agenda and sustainable tourism can have improvements in Kosovo in case of greater commitment from both public institutions and citizens, it was said during the conference with the same title organized by EC Ma Ndryshe in Prizren.
Speakers from different sectors have highlighted the importance of preserving the environment and natural and cultural heritage for sustainable tourism, as they have reminded that there are currently many challenges that must be addressed with more responsible actions of all stakeholders.
The executive director of EC, Valon Xhabali, at the opening of the conference, emphasized that the organization has continued its commitment and contribution to the promotion and care of the environment, human rights, as well as the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage in order to put it into operation. of sustainable development, representing the continuation of efforts for inclusiveness and sustainability, with a focus on the citizen, as the main guarantor of democracy and development.
The Mayor of the Municipality of Prizren, Shaqir Totaj, has assessed that the local government considers civil society a partner not only in setting priorities, but also in implementing programs, as the comprehensive approach has the potential to generate new ideas, which according to him are welcome. and that they can be implemented more easily.
The EC’s activities in this direction were presented by Kaltrina Kolukaj, who emphasized that in cooperation with various shareholders, 1800 activities were carried out in 24 municipalities of Kosovo.
Meanwhile, during the panel discussion, Abdullah Pirçe from MMPHI presented the public policies of this ministry related to the implementation of the Green Agenda, while Nysrete Doda from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science highlighted the programs and measures for the development of rural tourism in Kosovo. University lecturer, Lumta Dida-Çapari has highlighted how climate changes caused by the human factor affect sustainable tourism and has called for awareness to stop this trend. Muamer Hasani from GUIDEKS has stated that Kosovo lags a lot in terms of the implementation of the Green Agenda and good practices of sustainable tourism, similarly to Blerina Reqica from INDEP, who has emphasized that Kosovo has a lot of work to do for the implementation of the Green Agenda, as well as environmentally friendly practices for sustainable tourism.
The conference was closed with the call for more responsible action by each individual so that the natural and cultural values of Kosovo are maintained and passed on to future generations.