Lake Skader-Shkoder Integrated Ecosystem Management

Project Summary

The overall objective of the project would be to assist the Governments of Albania and Montenegro in achieving a more sustainable use of the natural resources of the Lake Shkoder and its watershed. The global environmental objective of the project is to reduce pollution and conserve the lake and its biodiversity as an internationally important nature habitat for different flora and fauna species, especially for waterfowl birds.The project will achieve its objectives by implementing priority measures as identified in the Lake Skhoder Strategic Action Plan that will be prepared within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently signed by the two countries . The MoU commits both countries to conserve the natural resources of the Lake Shkoder in a coordinated and integrated manner, by establishing a bi-national Lake Management Commission and by improving the relevant national level regulatory and institutional capacity. The Memorandum obliges the riparian countries to prepare a Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for the protection of the Lake Shkoder Ecosystem ( to be prepared during the PDF-B).

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Environment, Albania - Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Montenegro
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
450,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
4,550,000 USD
Co-financing Total
15,210,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
450,000 USD
Total Cost 20,210,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
16 May 2003
Preparation Grant Approved
23 Oct 2003
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2007
Project Approved for Implementation
06 May 2008
Project closed
31 Dec 2012