Climate change impacts on cultural heritage: Facing the challenge

Çuçi Ornela


I consider myself a highly motivated and energetic professional in the field of environment. An academic of environmental issues, promoter of Albania’s environmental values both nationally and internationally, always supporting good environmental policies, be it from the academic realm as well as a political one. Being a national advocate of environmental protection I never neglect the importance of propelling small and local environmental actions, for the benefit of educating the next generation, better environmental behaviors, while advocating green finance in a developing Albanian economy.

Work Experiences
•    Deputy Minister of Tourism and Environment   2017 - present
•    Councilor to the Prime Minister on Environmental Issues and National Coordinator on Integrated Urban Waste Management   2016 - 2017
•    Executive Director/Administrator at European University of Tirana Enterprise   2016 -2017
•    Executive Director at Barleti Institute for Research and Development   2015 - 2016
•    Director of Programs and Projects at Foundation for Economic Freedom   2013- 2015
•    Specialist of Services and Environment at the Institution of Prefect of Gjirokastra Region   2005 - 2013
•    Administrative Assistant for AMIV “Local Infrastructure Development Agency” (NGO)   2003 - 2005
Lector Posts
•    External Lector at Tirana Poly-technical University   2018 - present
•    External Lector at European University of Tirana   2014 - present
•    Guest Lector at “Eqrem Çabej” University of Gjirokastra   2009 - 2017
Project/Coordinator Posts
•    Project Evaluator for the “NEXT” IPA ADRIATIC CBC Project   2014 - 2015
•    Project Coordinator for the “NetCastle” EU Project with the Institution of Prefect of Gjirokastra Region and the European University of Tirana   2013- 2015
•    Project Coordinator for the “NET – Routes” EU Project with the Shkodra Regional Council   2012 - 2013
•    Project Coordinator for “Stone and Wood” EU Project with the Institution of Prefect of Gjirokastra Region   2012 - 2013
•    Regional Coordinator for the Human Beings Anti Trafficking Committee with the Albanian Ministry of Interior   2009-2012
•    Project Coordinator for the “LESS – Waste” EU Project with the Institution of Prefect of Gjirokastra Region   2008 - 2009
•    Project Coordinator for the “Rehabilitation of the Dropulli Waste Deposit Site” with the Institution of Prefect of Gjirokastra Region   2007 - 2008

Ph.D.   Environmental Science and Technology, Agricultural University of Tirana

Thesis: “Impact of Urban Waste Mismanagement on Contamination of  Soils in Southern Albania”

M.Sc.   Environmental Science and Technology, Agricultural University of Tirana

Thesis: “Waste Management in the Gjirokastra Region”

Summer School on Contamination of Agricultural Land”, Giessen University, Germany

B.A.     Biology and Chemistry, University of Gjirokastra

High School Diploma, Institute no. 4 Lliuopolis, Athens Grece

French Philology, “Pandeli Sotiri” Pedagogical School, Gjirokastra

Scientific Publications
•    Classification of urban solid waste, and determining their effective management in Albania   2016
•    Urban solid waste management problems in the Gjirokastra Region   2014
•    Global warming, the effects of climate change and its effects in agricultural economy and rural development in the Gjirokastra Region.   2013
•    Solid waste management in Albania   2012
•    Integrated waste management and their impact on the environment

•    Anti obesity feeding habits and their effect in the economy

•    Obesity or the X – Syndrome

•    Multidisciplinary negative effects of obesity

•    ITAP and OSBE

“Ethics and Law enforcement in preventing and solving conflicts.

•    Public Administration Department

“Application and development  of Local government projects training”

•    Embassy of the Kingdom, the Netherlands and the Albanian Helsinki Committee

"Equality and the end of discrimination in the legal and social aspects’'


“The successful management of the E.U. financed projects’’

•    USAID and the International English-American Council

“The implementation of the standard procedures for victims of human traffic.”

•    “Hope Fellowships Program

“Management and operations course”

•    Opportunity Albania

“Micro crediting”

•    USAID, American Embassy

“Leadership, administration and management””

•    Partners- Albania, Center for Change and Conflict Management

“Change and Conflict management”


•    UNDP, Albania

“Statistics Literacy for Civil Society organizations”

“Consolidation and Institutionalization of gender mainstreaming tools and practices (Gender TTF)”

•   Giessen University, Germany

“Contamination of agricultural land”

Key Note Speaker at International Conferences
•    Green Climate Fund Global NDA Conference, Incheon Korea

•    The 6th GEF Assembly, Da Nang, Vietnam

•    GCF Structured Dialogue with EECA, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

•    Workshop on the Building of Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems, and the Use of the 2006 IPCC, Beijing, China

•    Ministerial Conference “Legacy of the Future”, Podgorica, Montenegro

•    United Nations Climate Change COP 24, Katowice, Poland

•     Ministerial Conference  Innovative Solutions to Pollution  in South East and Southern Europe, Belgrade, Serbia

•    International Conference on Sustainable Development of Agriculture, Food and Environment

•    International Conference on European Integration of SEE countries “Challenges and Realities”

The 4rth International Balkan Region Congress “Modern society and education”    
Professional Development
·         Professionally licensed in environmental impact assessment, environmental audit, project design for environmental solutions, and evaluation of reports on environmental impact or environmental auditing.

·         Licensed Mediator from the Ministry of Justice

·         Expert evaluator of Horizon 2020, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and ITN programs.


·         National Focal Point for GEF, GCF, UNFCCC, the Minamata Convention.

·         Member of the Regional Environmental Center in Budapest

·         Co-Chair and Member of Scientific Committee for Waste.

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