SUSTRAFFTIA - Sustainable Traffic Development in Tirana

LIFE04 TCY/AL/000018

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Marieta MIMA
Email: ecat@ecat-tirana.org mima@ecat-tirana.org ecat@icc.al.eu.org

Project description:


Traffic volumes have increased significantly in Albania since the early 1990s. This has caused environmental challenges concerning traffic congestion and air pollution, especially in Tirana.


The project’s main objectives focused on improving understanding about traffic-related air pollution factors in Tirana and identifying appropriate measures for tackling such pollution. These goals were to be achieved by a systematic approach which involved: developing a strategy for monitoring air pollution; evaluating the real extent of air pollution in Tirana; defining air pollution hot spots in Tirana; and integrating these findings within regional planning and traffic management systems using capacity building approaches.


The project successfully produced an ‘Integrated Strategy for a Sustainable Traffic Development in Tirana’ and a ‘Tirana Air Quality Report’. These project outputs provided the Albanian authorities with the necessary tools and capacity to better tackle traffic congestion and associated air pollution.

Preparation of the strategy and report involved monitoring traffic flows and assessing these against pollution data gained from an NO2 diffusion tube survey. Findings from the analysis validated a model depicting the relationship between traffic flows and NO2 concentrations in Tirana. This allowed an effective mechanism for identifying problematic pollution hot spots and targeting them with remedial measures. Training was provided to local stakeholders in these integrated pollution control methods.

Local stakeholders were also actively involved throughout the strategy development process and such capacity building approaches helped to ensure ownership of the strategy by the key implementing bodies, such as Tirana Municipality. The Municipality has now adopted the strategy within its Transport Master Plan and Urban Regulatory Plan.

The project’s ‘Action Plan to reduce Air Pollution in Tirana’, involved a considerable amount of consultation to define responsibilities for both monitoring air quality and providing data.

Sustainability of the LIFE project outcomes has been assisted by synergies available from a national project (financed through DG Enlargement) supporting Albanian efforts to monitor air and water quality in Tirana and other cities around the country. Actions within this national project include establishing monitoring stations that will provide ongoing air quality data to help the Tirana authorities to measure, and steer, the effectiveness of their LIFE-funded management tools for reducing traffic-related air pollution.


Environmental issues addressed:


Air & Noise - Air quality monitoring
Land-use & Planning - Transport planning - Traffic monitoring


environmental awareness‚  urban area‚  air pollution‚  transport planning‚  traffic emission

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Environmental Centre for Administration and Technology - Tirana
Type of organisation National authority
Description The Environmental Centre for Administration and Technology (ECAT) is registered as a non-profit organisation and is chaired by the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Albania.
Partners Institute of Public Health of Albania, AL Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature, Conservation, and Nuclear Safety of Germany, DE


Project reference LIFE04 TCY/AL/000018
Duration 31-JAN-2005 to 01-FEB -2009
Total budget 546,513.00 €
EU contribution 338,513.00 €
Project location Mediterr. Albania (AL)(Albania Shqipëria)


Read more:

File "Tirana Air Quality Report (cover page)" (1.159 KB ...
File "Sustainable Traffic Development in Tirana, Albani ...
File "Bus and bicycle lanes" (453 KB)
File "Thank you letter" (125 KB)
Leaflet "Ndikimi i trafikut në cilesinë e ajrit në Tiranë ...
Leaflet "Ndikimi i trafikut ne cilesine e ajrit ne tirane" ...
Leaflet "Sustainable traffic development in Tirana, Albani ...
Leaflet "Zhvillimi i Qëndrueshëm i trafikut në Qytetin e t ...
Leaflet "Photo documentation : Measurement of vehicle emis ...
Leaflet "Photo Documentation of Public Awareness Activitie ...
Leaflet "Car Free day activities organized by ECAT Tirana ...
Poster "Sustainable traffic development in Tirana, Albani ...
Poster "Cila do të jetë e ardhmja e fëmijëve tanë? Përgat ...
Poster "Me biçiklete në qytetin tim! : Dita Europiane pa ...
Project web site Project web site
Publication: Guidelines-Manual "Kontrolli : mirëmbajtja dhe siguria e automjeteve ...
Publication: Guidelines-Manual "Handbook : Inspection & maintenance and roadworth ...
Publication: Layman report "Layman report (EN)" (1.43 MB)
Publication: Pedagogical tool "Children certificate (Albanian)" (410 KB)
Publication: Pedagogical tool "Training Certificate" (827 KB)
Publication: Technical report "Integrated Strategy for a sustainable Traffic Dev ...
Publication: Technical report "Tirana Air Quality Report" (34.3 MB)


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